Long time Roswell business woman and founder of Glenn's Furniture, Gloria "Dolly" Grace (Gangemi) Glenn, passed away on Saturday March 14, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, March 26, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Roswell. Pastor Aaron Colyer will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Gloria will lie instate at LaGrone Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 and Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
Gloria Grace (Gangemi) Glenn was born on July 3, 1928 to Salvatore and Selena (Tedesco) Gangemi in Jersey City, New Jersey. After attending Jersey City schools and graduating from Secretarial Business Academy at the age of 16, her first job was working for Colgate-Palmolive Company's main office on the 80th floor of the Empire State Building.
She met the love of her life, Bill Glenn, while he was on leave from the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier. They were married a year later on April 20, 1947 in Jersey City, NJ. She and Bill started Monticello TV and Radio and ran that business until moving to Roswell in 1953. In April of 1953 they founded Glenn's TV and Appliance that later evolved into Glenn's Furniture. In November 1967, Bill and Gloria were in a tragic truck accident that took his life and critically injured her.
During a two year stay at St Mary's Hospital and over twenty operations, she started maintaining the store books from her hospital bed. When she was released from the hospital she would have the Glenn's delivery crew pick her up in her wheel chair and deliver her to her office then return her home after work. She always had a will to exceed and do her best to protect her family. She pioneered the way for women to be successful independent business owners. Gloria operated Glenn's Furniture until her retirement.
Gloria was a member of Business and Professional Women's Association and was on the committee that raised money from all the businesses in Roswell to purchase the original angel Christmas decorations for Main Street. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi and held each office during her tenure. She also enjoyed her turn as a Cub Scout den mother. She always found time for family and friends. Gloria always had a smile on her face and was kind and considerate to everyone.
Gloria found happiness again with Cliff Kamprath and they were together for 18 years until his death.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her four brothers Pat, Rocco, Sal and Buddy, four sisters, Josie, Rose, Mary and Nettie, her daughter Sharon Jackson, and grandson Lance Jackson.
Survivors include Bill and Sue Glenn, Pat Glenn, Jeff and Ellen Kamprath, Steve and Becky Kamprath. Grandchildren: Tiffany and (Bobby) Latner, Amelia Jackson, Amanda and (Shawn) McCasland, Melanie and (Jeff) Bannister, and Kyle Glenn. Great grandchildren: Ryder Bannister, Hunter Glenn and Allison Glenn. Gloria is also survived by the family of Andrew and Velma Glenn (whom she loved dearly), parents of Bill Glenn Sr.
Granny Doll, as she was affectionately called by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, deeply loved each and every one of them.
Pallbearers will be Steve Barotta, Frank Falcicchio, Rich Falcicchio, Jeff Kamprath, Kyle Glenn, and Jeff Bannister.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the entire Glenn Family.
The family would like to thank Maupin & Brown Dentistry, Dr. Ben Smith, Dr. Braik, Dr. Scaly, Kymera Cancer Center, Gentiva Hospice and wonderful staff. Our heartfelt thanks goes to Julie Adams, Rosie, Cecilia, Maria, and especially Tara Slade who without her kind, compassionate help, we would not have been able to keep mom at home.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or your favorite charity.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com