Gloria C. Ruzzo

June 17, 1925February 22, 2021

Gloria (Montana) Ruzzo peacefully passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021. She was 95 years old. Gloria and her husband, Joseph moved from Hartford, CT to East Hartford, CT in December, 1958. Gloria continued to live independently in her home until recently when her health began to decline.

Gloria worked for the Internal Revenue Services for several years until she became a homemaker and mother to her two children. Later in her life, she happily provided daycare to her four grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting, crossword puzzles, crafting, and cross-stitching. She created beautiful handmade Christmas stockings and blankets for her family members, friends, and her children and their friends.

She leaves behind her two daughters and their families. Marion and her husband Frank Pattison and Marissa and her husband Ken Busiere. Her grandchildren, Kristine and her husband Sean Macomber, Stefany and her husband Michael Eickenhorst, Samantha Busiere, and Konnor Busiere. Her great grandchildren, Aislinn and Kenzie Macomber, and Gavin and Lexi Eickenhorst.

Additionally, she leaves two brothers, Peter and Robert Montana as well as several nieces, nephews, and longtime friends. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph. She will be missed by many. Newkirk and Whitney Funeral Home 318 Burnside Ave. East Hartford, CT 06108 are entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Burial was held privately for the family. To sign the online guest book go to


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Karla Gabriel

February 26, 2021

Marion and Marissa,
So sorry to hear about your mom . Gloria was such a beautiful woman. I always remember her so happy to see the kids when we visited her bearing them candy before we left. Every Christmas I hang those beautiful handmade stocking that she sewed above our fireplace. I will cherish them even more. She will certainly be missed. I know it is a difficult time for your family but always cherish the wonderful memories that she left with you all.

Love Gary and Karla

Linda Schmidlin

February 25, 2021

Marion & Marissa, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. Aunt Gloria was such a wonderful, caring, woman , who always made everyone feel at home. I'll always remember all the holidays we had at her house with Uncle Joe & the family. She will be truly missed. Much Love to you both & the family. Love, Linda & Eric Schmidlin

Susan Ballard Toce

February 25, 2021

Marion & Marissa: I was so sad to hear about your Mom. There are so many memories that I have of her, your father and both of you, from elementary school to high school. Alps Drive was a wonderful place to grow up. I will never forget those days or your mother’s kindness and sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Susan. ❤️💐

Linda Diggins-Domina

February 25, 2021

Gloria had a quiet, gentle way of managing life. She was a kind and generous woman who could see the good in others even under difficult circumstances. Wayne and I will miss seeing her at family gatherings and we send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones in this very difficult time.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne E. Domina, Jr.

Kathy LaPlante

February 25, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. It has been an honor to have known your mom. She was so kind and boy did she love her grandkids. She will forever be in our hearts.

Brian O’Connor

February 24, 2021

Marion and Marissa. We all loved Gloria, what’s not to love. She was one of the original neighborhood moms that helped raise us all to be loving and respectful. From kindergarten kids through High School and beyond into paths we all took into different directions and places. When I made my way back to the neighborhood after being away...a visit to your moms was always a must. I cherish those visits and her excitement to see one of us little rug rats turn into something.

Prayers to the Family

Stefany Eickenhorst

February 24, 2021

Grandma -
Words can not express the love I have for you. Thank you for always being there for me, Mike, and the kids. The world has lost an amazing, kind, sweet, caring, and funny woman. I hope you know and felt how loved you were (and still are) and how much joy you brought to us. I hope you and Grandpa are watching down on us everyday and are dancing in the sky.

I love you Grandma and I am so thankful for the time I had you in my life. I promise I will remind my kids everyday of how amazing their Nonnie was and how much she loved them.

Love always and forever -

Lili Brodeur

February 24, 2021

Heartfelt sympathy to Glo's beautiful family for who she loved so dearly and was so proud of. You were her joy and most cherished accomplishment. And she raised loving wonderful daughters with their own wonderful children. Glo leaves a beautiful legacy.

I am an honored recipient many of Glo's wonderful creations that I will cherish even more.

My love to all, and am broken hearted that I am unable to hug, comfort and support you during this time of loss. You are in my prayers.

With Love,

Lisa and Walt Deptula

February 24, 2021

Marion & Marissa,
I will always cherish the memories I have of Aunt Gloria as a child and into adulthood. I will never forget all our family time together growing up and I how I always looked forward to that time, whether it be our usual weekend visits or our family vacations. She was a very special part of both. When I moved away, she sent me a needlepoint tote bag for work and I still have it to this day. When I would call her for her birthday or holiday, I could ALWAYS hear the smile in her voice. She will be deeply missed. Walt and I send all our love to each of you.

Peter and Karen Montana

February 24, 2021

We are so sorry to learn of the death of Aunt Gloria. She was always happy to see us whenever we were able to visit her. She was so warm and loving. She made our grandchildren beautiful cross stitch Christmas stockings and they are proudly displayed in their home at Christmas! It is so amazing that she was able to stay in her own home for such a long time - that was truly a blessing for her. She was always a pleasure to be with and we will treasure our memories of her. We hope your happy memories bring you peace.
Karen and Peter Montana