Gloria F. Gosselin of Cranford, NJ, died on February 17, 2023. Born in Queens, NY on October 17, 1931, she was the youngest of three children born to John and Mary Fava. The family grew up in a home on Foley Street in the Elmhurst section of Queens. Gloria was a member of the Sigma Psi sorority and was graduated from Queens College in 1953 with a BA in Economics. Upon graduation, Gloria went to work for Babcock and Wilcox as an office manager, until she left to raise her family.
Gloria married her husband Gerald R. Gosselin on May 23, 1956. Early on in their marriage, Gloria and Jerry lived in Queens, where their three children were born. In 1973, Gloria and Jerry moved to River Vale, NJ, where they raised their children and ultimately lived for 45 years. Gloria was a member of Our Lady of Mercy parish in Park Ridge, where her two youngest children attended grammar school. Gloria and Jerry were married over 66 years.
Once her youngest child was school aged, Gloria began a career with Hudson City Savings Bank, as an associate in their checking department. She worked there for over 35 years, retiring at the young age of 85. Gloria was incredibly supportive of her children, shuttling them to all their sports and extracurricular activities, helping with schoolwork and inspiring creativity in school projects, and preparing home cooked meals every night of the week. Always resourceful and thrifty, Gloria never shied away from a good sale. On any given day, she could often be found clocking miles in any of the Paramus malls! Gloria was an avid seamstress, creating beautiful clothing for the whole family, memorable Halloween costumes, and custom window treatments and slipcovers for her family.
Gloria was also responsible for a significant part of her husband Jerry's professional success; she was a tireless supporter of his, rising very early to drive him to the bus or carpool to NYC, and then returning in the afternoon to pick him up. Even with her very busy schedule, family always came first for Gloria. She welcomed everyone into her home and hosted countless family gatherings and celebrations throughout the years. Well-known for her baking, Gloria supplied delicious pineapple glazed cheesecake and chocolate-walnut brownies for her sister's sandwich shop in mid-town Manhattan.
Unending support for her children naturally continued when her grandchildren arrived. Outings and overnights with grandma were always a favorite event. Gloria's sparkling blue eyes entranced her great-grandchildren immediately and "GiGi" was one of their first words.
Gloria was predeceased by her daughter, Jeanne Gosselin Wilhoite, her sister, Catherine E. Fava, and her brother, John L. Fava. She is survived by her husband Jerry and her sister-in-law, Sylvia Fleis Fava. Gloria is also survived by two of her children and their spouses, Linda and Vincent Sheehan, and Bob and Joan Gosselin, her son-in-law Glenn Wilhoite and three grandchildren â Colleen and Patrick Gosselin, Kathleen Stellakis and her husband, Stanley and two great-grandchildren, Evangelia and Jacob Stellakis.
Visitation will be held at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, Cranford, on Thursday, February 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00AM on Friday, February 24, 2023 at St. Michael Church, 40 Alden St, Cranford NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org) or the American Kidney Fund (www.kidneyfund.org), would be appreciated. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences.