Gloria will long be remembered for her thoughtfulness and generosity to both personal friends and business associates. She was many things to many people -- friend, confidante and advisor. Certainly, she was our office matriarch who took us to task on occasion, held our hands quite often and cheered us on always. Gloria was the friendly voice who answered the telephone, the courteous professional who never forgot to return a phone call and who always replied to requests as best and as quickly as she could. Gloria was a whiz at typing and was proud of having two typewriters and two computers in her office -- all of which could be found in use at any one time!
She had a great sense of adventure and was willing to try most anything once -- but not always twice. "I did that already," she was known to say. Gloria had a wide and varied range of hobbies and was as much at home having pizza as she was having Steak Diane. Gloria liked Las Vegas (keno and the slot machines) and Madame Alexander dolls, Shirley Temple, extravagant Christmas cards, her unbelievable Christmas tree (which went up in November and stayed up until Valentine's Day) and planning parties. Gloria loved children and her office and home are filled with pictures of nieces and nephews, friends' children and friends' grandchildren -- all of whom affectionately called her "Aunt Gigi." And she simply never forgot a birthday or anniversary.
But most of all, Gloria loved Wally, her husband of 38 years who passed away in 1991. She was a cherished wife who was devoted to her husband, and she spent countless hours at business functions associated with Wally's role as a senior vice president at Colonial Bank.
Gloria is survived by her sisters Terri Costa and Artenzia Eterno and brother Richard Costante, many nieces and nephews as well as an extended family of friends. She was active in many community organizations and was devoted especially to her volunteer activities in her neighborhood parish.
Memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society in memory of Walter Krolski. Cards can be sent to Gloria's family at P.O. Box 338, Mundelein, IL 60060.