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Frank E. Campbell - The Funeral Chapel

1076 Madison Ave, New York, NY

OBITUARY

Gloria Anita Levien

November 5, 1925March 11, 2020

Gloria Anita Levien (née Siff) died peacefully at Maravilla on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 94.

Gloria was born on November 5, 1925 in New York, N.Y. to Albert and Gertrude Siff. In 1946, she graduated from Barnard College phi beta kappa and magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She married Maurice Levien, a civil engineer and a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during WW II, after his return from military service. They lived in New York City for a few years and then moved to Long Island to raise their two boys, David and Philip, moving first to Glen Cove and then to Roslyn. After their sons went off to college, they moved back to Manhattan, where they lived for many years on Sutton Place. Gloria's later years were spent in Santa Barbara, California.

In addition to raising a family, Gloria worked at Town and Country Magazine, Clocktower Realty, and McMillan Publishing (Subsidiary Rights). She did volunteer work at The United Nations and taught reading to disadvantaged children. She also volunteered at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gloria is survived by her children David (Merril) and Philip (Darlene); grandchildren Michael (Suchi), William (Brooke), Rachel (Frank DiStefano), Josh (Simone), and Katie (Jason Babineau); and great grandchildren Kai, Finn, Paxton, Stokely, and Asha. Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice Levien, and her brother, Andrew Siff.

Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association or Barnard College, in memory of Gloria A. Levien. The family would like to thank the staff at Maravilla Senior Living, Assisted Hospice Care, and Nancy (Dhyana) Kuta for their care and dedication to Gloria.

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 20, 2020

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Richard (Family Friend)

March 23, 2020

So very sorry I could not join in Gloria’s memorial service. My thoughts and prayers are with you today to honor my gracious cousin, my condolences to Philip and David.

Michael (Family Friend)

March 23, 2020

Gloria Levien was a woman of exceptional intelligence, grace, compassion and beauty, who among her many accomplishments produced two magnificent sons. My she rest in peace and be forever in our hearts.

Marge Lambert

March 23, 2020

Dear David and Phillip,

My deepest sympathy on the demise of your dear mother. She was very proud of the both of you and your children. May you find comfort knowing your Mom is at peace.

Nancy (Family Friend)

March 23, 2020

Dear David and Philip,

Thank you for inviting me to join the celebration of your mother's life. It has been decades since I've seen her or you, but I have fond memories of some times we spent together when we were kids, and I know my mother felt close to yours. The photographs I was able to see online remind me of our youth and her beauty -- she obviously enjoyed the wonderful family she had around her. And it was great to learn of her academic achievements, her many interests, all of which animates my sense of the life she led for many years in New York. I wish you all the best as you celebrate Gloria. I know my parents will be there in spirit.

Dhyana (Family Friend)

March 23, 2020

I am going to missing Gloria. I am so happy that she has been set free. She is in God's care now with all her loved ones who have gone before her. I am so grateful to have known and shared a friendship with this beautiful lady!

Philip Levien

March 21, 2020

Mom, we miss you already. But you live on in our hearts, our memories, and all that we learned from you.

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