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Gloria Stuart

February 21, 1930 — March 19, 2024

Gloria Stuart, 94, passed away unexpectedly on March 19, 2024, surrounded by family.
Born Gloria Del Grosso, she was a native and life-long resident of Tottenville, graduating from
Tottenville High School and entering the workforce in Manhattan in 1947 as a Claims Manager
at Michael Levy & Co. She married her high school sweetheart, Al, in 1951 just before his
return to Navy service onboard the aircraft carrier USS Leyte (CV-32). Gloria was flown down
to Norfolk later that year to be crowned “Queen of the Leyte” following her election by the crew
in a photo beauty contest. She and Al would eventually raise 5 children in a loving home built in
the 1850’s, who in turn gave them 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Gloria served as a
member of Our Lady Help of Christians (OLHC) Mater Christi Guild in Tottenville where she
was actively involved in parent-teacher activities over many years. She also worked part-time as
a statistical typist while Al served as a New York City firefighter, eventually retiring as a Fire
Marshal after an almost 40-year career.


Unfortunately his retirement was short-lived with his passing in 1992, leaving Gloria to start a
new chapter in her life in which she learned how to drive, how to invest and manage finances on
her own, and how to re-direct her energies in helping others and pursuing her interests. A good
example is her joining the Staten Island Quilters Guild where she was a Past President, having
led many charity projects as well as travelling to quilting conferences, particularly in Lancaster,
PA. Well recognized and sought after for her sewing skills, she always made her own patterns
and has four daughters who can still remember the dresses and gowns that Mom made for them.
As a charter member of the South Shore Swim Club, Gloria remained active there where she and
Al had enjoyed so many fun summers as the children grew up.


As a Charter Member and Vice President of the Conference House Association (CHA) Auxiliary
formed in 1976, she has also served as Treasurer and Member of the CHA Board of Directors,
ensuring the continued success of cultural and educational events in celebration of this National
Historic Landmark for more than 50 years. Gloria became well known and appreciated for her
organizational abilities, financial skills, and, most importantly, warm-hearted sense of humor.
Visitors to the many fund-raising events she facilitated have seen the results of her energy,
attention to detail, and leadership. Gloria was recognized for her many years of volunteer
service during the September 11, 1776 Conference House Peace Conference reenactment in
September 2021 with the award of a Borough President “Gloria Stuart Day” Proclamation.

Above all, Gloria will be remembered as a loving wife, Mom, Grandma and friend. She is
survived by her daughters Barbara (Tom), Sheila (Ken), Nancy (Rich) and Patricia (Scott), son
Al (Jeanine), 8 grandchildren (Al (Mary), Tommy, Allison (Corey), Jeff (Nonz), Jessica (Ray),
Molly, Kevin, and Julia) and 7 great grandchildren (Isaac, Ian, Emilia, Anna, Ben, Tristan, and
Olive).

Gloria is predeceased by her husband, Al Stuart. She also held close to her heart her
extended family including Gerard and Eileen Chipura and their children Catherine, Elizabeth,
and Matthew, as well as all of her many friends.

Interment will be at Ocean View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donation to the
John G. Chipura Foundation at Mission - John G. Chipura Foundation
(johngchipurafoundation.org).
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