Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home

3010 Ridgeway Road, Manchester, NJ


Gloria Calarco

September 3, 1929September 2, 2020

Gloria Calarco, a beloved mother, grandmother, friend and musician, died peacefully at her home in New Jersey Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. She was 90. Born in Manhattan, NY in 1929, Gloria grew up in Little Italy a few blocks from a boy who would become the love of her life and soulmate. She was the first-generation daughter of two Italian immigrants from Naples and had three older sisters. At the young age of 13, she met Michael Calarco and married him 7 years later in 1949. They moved to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn where they raised their two children. There, Gloria began her career as a school secretary for the New York City Board of Education where she worked for many years before retiring in the late 1980s. In 1978, Gloria and her late husband moved to Staten Island where she eventually took a job as a secretary at Bayley Seton Hospital. They later moved to Manchester, NJ in 2003. When Michael passed away in 2014, Gloria moved to the Silverwoods Independent Living facility in Toms River and found a wonderful group of friends who she loved spending time with. Gloria loved music, whether she was listening to it or playing her violin – earning her the nickname “Fiddles.” She and Michael dazzled audiences when they put on shows together, him on the microphone, her fiddling on her favorite instrument. They played at various retirement communities and assisted living facilities, bringing much enjoyment to all those who had the pleasure of watching them perform. Gloria had played with the Toms River Multigenerational Orchestra and received a Special Recognition Award from the group. She loved to travel, and was always on the move. Gloria and Michael traveled to nearly every state in the US, missing just two – Hawaii and Alaska. Even with all that kept her busy and happy, Gloria loved spending time with her family, whether it was a Sunday dinner or lunch, a family cruise to the Caribbean or a vacation to the Jersey Shore. She adored her grandchildren and despite her age, kept an active presence on Facebook and Instagram where she loved seeing updates from family and friends. Gloria had an enormous heart and is surely grateful to be reuniting with her beloved, who fondly called her “Peanuts.” She will be deeply missed. She is survived by her devoted children, Dolores Musumeci and her husband John, and Michael Calarco and his wife Theresa; and her cherished grandchildren, Jacqueline, Natalie and her girlfriend Gabrielle; Michael Jesse, Matthew, Gregory and Emily. Visitation will be held on Tuesday September 8, 2020, at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Road, Manchester, NJ 08759, from 9:30-11:30 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12 pm at Saint Johns RC Church, 619 Chestnut Street, Lakehurst, NJ 08733. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Staten Island, NY. Please visit www.andersoncampbellmanchester.com to offer condolences.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • Mass of Chrisitan Burial

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • Commital Service

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020


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Marie Shand

September 6, 2020

Dear Family,
My sincerest and heartfelt condolences on the passing of your remarkable Mother and Grandmother, my Aunt Gloria, who was my role model and with whom I shared a close relationship.
Being the first grandchild in Vincent and Dora Calarco’s family, and because my Mom and I lived with them and Uncle Mikie most of my first six years, I was always made to feel special by my Aunts and Uncles.
Needless to say, I will greatly miss my “Aunt G” as I greatly miss my “Uncle Mikie“, whose job it was to walk me to St. Patrick’s Nursery School, and with whom I shared the mumps during the time we lived together.
May your precious memories bring peace to your heart Love...Cousin Marie Shand

John and Kathy Vaughn

September 6, 2020

Gloria was a person who was easy to like. We enjoyed all the times spent with her at the summer concerts, going out to eat, and in her home. We were fortunate to attend the Intergenerational Orchestra concerts and a show she played in at Leisure Village West. She was a talented musician. John and Gloria both grew up in Little Italy, and he loved hearing her talk about it. She is in our prayers and she will be missed.

Corinne Pizzolato

September 6, 2020

I first met Gloria playing violin in the Toms River Multigenerational Orchestra. After moving to the Renaissance, she quickly befriended me. We were Man Jongg buddies, lunch buddies, played violin together and much more...
Gloria, you will be very much missed.
Your memory will be I my heart forever!

Patricia Murphy

September 5, 2020

I was also a member of the Toms River Multigenerational Orchestra along with Gloria. I admired her musicianship and her quick and funny wit, we laughed often! She was always very generous with encouraging compliments and support of her fellow musicians.
Rest in peace Gloria, we'll miss you.
Patricia Murphy

Deborah Hanley

September 3, 2020

It was Christmas and we were playing a game I had to go downstairs and then come up to a circle of people Gloria being one of them and everyone was saying something which I thought was about themselves but I had to guess who it was about, what I didn’t know is that it changed from person to person and when it was Gloria’s time she was saying I like to drink and party and hang out with my friends and she just cracked me up just the way she was saying it . Turns out the game was you had to steal the identity of the person who was sitting to your right . What I loved about Gloria is that she’s unexpectedly a fun and funny person who enjoyed life and having fun . RIP Gloria , it was an honor and a pleasure to know you. Deborah & Billy Hanley


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