Gloria Ann McGowan

August 6, 1937June 4, 2012

Gloria Ann McGowan Mrs. McGowan, 74, of Matthews, NC, died Monday, June 4, 2012 at her residence.

She was born August 6, 1937 in Pittsburgh, PA, the only child of Walter Suwaniec and Sophie Varoga Suwaniec. Gloria was a faithful member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church where she served as a passionate volunteer with the sewing guild and the disABILITY Ministry. She was also a volunteer with Olde Providence Elementary School.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 9, 2012 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church. A private inurnment will follow in the church columbarium. The family will greet friends immediately following the inurnment at the church.

Mrs. McGowan is survived by her four children: James R. McGowan and wife, Cheryl of Charlotte, NC; Janice Dean and husband, Tom of Middlebury, CT; Kristen A. McGowan of Charlotte; and Mary Jo Shepherd and husband, David of Charlotte, NC; 7 grandchildren: Morgan and Michael McGowan; Joseph and Katherine Dean; Sophie, Jackson, and Nathaniel Shepherd and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. McGowan was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 44 years, James Patrick McGowan in 2007.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in remembrance of Mrs. Gloria McGowan to disABILITY Ministry, c/o St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211


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Jammie Hahn

June 11, 2012

Jim, Cheryl, Morgan, and Michael, I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. No doubt she was very proud of your wonderful family. Condolences to each of you.

June 10, 2012

I was saddened to read of Gloria's passing. She and I met years ago while working as temps for Coats American. We were two Yankees amongst all the southerners and felt an instant connection. My deepest condolences to you all.
Harriet Stoeckel.

June 9, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort, peace and rest for all you . Carie Talley
(St. Andrews neighbor)

June 9, 2012

We remember Gloria as a wonderful neighbor for 13 years. She was always kind and helpful. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this sad time. Nancy and Jack Langley

Kathy & Lou Pasquarelli

June 9, 2012

We are so sorry to lose Gloria. She was a good person. She was always willing to help and she contributed so much to our community. She will be sorely missed.

Leslie Mcgowan-Steck

June 9, 2012

My deepest sympathy to you all at this time, it truly leaves a hole in your heart, and you forever miss your "MOM".

Jane Yancey

June 9, 2012

My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Gloria's sudden passing saddens me as she was such a good friend and neighbor. I will miss her in many ways, including seeing those rocking chairs at her front door. May God wrap His arms around all of you and bless you mightily.

Connie Bouldin Roach

June 9, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May your family find peace at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jackie Bard

June 9, 2012

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in God, family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Becky Sulc

June 8, 2012

Gloria and I began our time as volunteers at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville on the same day. She was a lovely person and will truly be missed. So sorry for your loss.