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Gloria Teles Pushker Saltz

January 12, 1927February 9, 2020

Gloria Teles Pushker Saltz, age 93, formally of New Orleans, died February 9, 2020 in Encinitas, California. She was married to Benjamin Pushker for almost five decades and had three daughters. After being a widow for many years, Gloria married the late Gerson Saltz. She is survived by Judy P. Kase (Jack), Elizabeth P. Wolfson, Gail P.Trettin, step- children Andrea Joseph (Jay), David Saltz, Isaac Saltz, Louis Saltz ( Brenda), Solomon Saltz (Kayla), grand children Melissa Kase Soriano, Bucky Kase (Kelsey), Adam Jacob (Karla), Paul Jacob (Monique), James Trettin (Lee), Matthew Trettin (Nicole), Courtney Grant (Brian), grand children from her marriage to Gerson, great-grand children, great-great-grand daughter. She was the daughter of the late Rose Pesses Teles and Abraham Teles and sister of the late Bluma Mackler, Ann Aratchofsky, Solomon Teles and Fannie Regenbogen. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Gloria was a valued member of the sales teams at Kreeger and Maison Blanche for 25 years. Following her career in sales she went back to college and earned three master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, Library Science and Education. At the age of 65, Gloria embarked upon new careers as published author of six children’s books, professor of children’s literature at Loyola and Xavier, and a storyteller for Young Audiences. During her storytelling presentations, she would make paper hats out of newspaper for each child. Gloria embraced life and was always kind to everyone she met. She participated in water exercise, enjoyed her Red Hats group, traveled to Israel and Paris alone, was honored in the Cayman Islands for her accomplishments, played Pitty Pat the card game, Mahjong, Bingo, and was active in quilting and gardening. Her family said she had a green thumb because her indoor plants were beautiful. At the age of 85, Gloria moved to a retirement community in the San Diego area. She participated in the center’s plays, singing groups, arts and crafts, exercise classes, and even became a Bat Mitzvah. More significant than that, in 1939, Gloria became the first female to become a Bat Mitzvah in the state of Louisiana. Gloria was a doer. She was a person who got things done with vigor and efficiency. Her favorite saying was “As Nike says, “Just Do It!” She was always ready to go anywhere in a moment’s notice. She was adored by everyone who met her and will truly be missed. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Ahavas Sholem Cemetery, 4400 block of Elysian Fields Avenue, (Frenchmen Street gate) with Rabbi David Gerber officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Seacrest Foundation, Employee Appreciation Fund, 211Saxony Road, Encinitas, California 92024. An online guest book is available at www.lakelawnmeairie.com.


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, February 11, 2020


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Octavio Hernandez

February 12, 2020

Judy and Jack:

What I remember about Gloria is her gregariousness, ready smile, her joie de vivre and her sharp mind. She enriched the lives of all she met. My sincerest condolences in these difficult times..through her works and her family her memory lives.

Bob Hoy

February 12, 2020

Liz, I've only known your mom through you, but every time we met she was a wonderful, warm, and caring woman whom I would have loved to know better. My condolences to you and your family in this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
Love, Bob

Janice Oppenheim

February 12, 2020

My deepest condolence to you girls as you mourn the death of your amazing mother. She truly had a wonderful life and I’m sure lived fully until the end. What a blessing to have known this special lady. Love to all , Janice

Robette Shurman

February 11, 2020

Judy and Jack, Please know that my thoughts, prayers and love are with you and your family at this most difficult time. Your mother led an incredible life and you were so lucky to have had her for all these years. I know how difficult is must be for all of you at this time.

Patrick McBride

February 11, 2020

A truly wonderful woman with a sparkle in her eye and love in her heart. To be near her was to feel the warmth of the sun and the light of the moon. She was radiant! She passed that love and sweetness on to all those she met. Three Masters degrees!!! Professor Gloria - we will miss your beautiful smile, and the way you say “awwwww...” ❤️❤️❤️ Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends but thank you to Gloria for a life well lived

Sheryl Mexic

February 11, 2020

Judy and Jack, my condolences on the loss of your mother. A few years ago, I had a comversation with her on Facebook. Interestingly, she married Ken Pailet's uncle. I remember when Gerson used to come to the office in the 70s.

Bill & Sherri Shovers

February 10, 2020

Liz, Judy and Gail: Our condolences. We loved Gloria. She was a special person who immediately enveloped everyone she met with her warmth, caring, intelligence and subtle wit. She was a special friend to Leah and they did everything together for a few years including the special Bat Mitzvah ceremony. We are so fortunate she touched our lives and she will always be remembered most fondly. Bill and Sherri