May 15, 1930 – October 27, 2018
Gladys (Mortimore) Oligino
Gladys Oligino, 88, of Danbury, CT, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2018. Born and raised in Stratford, CT, the daughter of Eleanor and James Mortimore, Gladys made her home with her beloved husband, John J. Oligino, in Danbury, CT for the past 50 years. She is predeceased by her husband; her parents, Eleanor and James Mortimore; and her sister, Shirley Mason.
Gladys was a 1948 graduate of Stratford High School and of the University of Connecticut, class of 1952, where she obtained a degree in education. She began her career as a teacher at Sunnyside School in Shelton, CT teaching 2nd grade, and then taught in the Ridgefield Public School system. She also taught at the YMCA preschool, where she met wonderful lifelong friends whom she affectionately referred to as “The Breakfast Club”. She was also a teaching assistant at Danbury High School for many years. She was married to the love of her life, John, and was first and foremost a proud and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Those who knew Gladys, know that she had the gift of gab and had a great interest in people. She was passionate about skiing and liked to travel, read, and do word puzzles - but her greatest joy, by far, was the time she spent with her family and friends.
She is survived by her three children, Lyn Oligino of South Burlington, VT, James Oligino and his wife, Victoria, of Bridgeport, CT, Jill Ross and her husband, Stephen, of New Milford, CT, her step-son, Alfred Oligino and his wife Pamela of Laguna Beach, CA, as well as the three lights of her life, her grandchildren; Brittany Ross of New York City, Chelsea Ross of Chicago and James C. Oligino, also of New York City. Gladys also had a number of nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Vitas hospice, who treated her lovingly and kept her comfortable in her last days.
Private services will be held at the family's convenience.
Contributions in memory of Gladys Oligino can be made to VITAS of Waterbury or a cancer research foundation of your choice.
Lee Hardiman nee’ Mortimore
February 14, 2019
I remember meeting Gladys when she came to visit my family in1966 in London.
It was a great experience as I had heard about Gladys and her family from my parents Alan and Betty Mortimore. Nell and Jim also spoke about you when they visited us and when we visited Nell. Her letters about you all were always interesting. My mum Betty died in 2014 from altzheimers but she always spoke very fondly of Gladys and the years she spent in Connecticut in the 50’s.
My condolences to you all from London, England.
October 31, 2018
Dear Lyn, Jill, and Jimmy,
Your Mom was such a dear, sweet, and hospitable person; so genuine and authentic. I always think of her so fondly. Looking back, when we were little we grew up pretty innocently in a Leave it to Beaver neighborhood. I can think of no one who epitomized Mrs. Cleaver more, so well-respected, trusted, and admired by kids and parents alike. She was, well, a "swell" lady who was cherished and loved. Please accept my condolences.
October 31, 2018
Your Mom was always a kind woman to all of us and that's how i will always remember her. We will see you in Heaven,