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9705 Belair Rd, Nottingham, MD

OBITUARY

Gloria Tirocchi

August 1, 1927November 10, 2019
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On November 10, 2019, Gloria D. Tirocchi (nee Trevisonno) passed away. She was the beloved wife of the late Louis J. Tirocchi, Sr.; devoted mother of Louis J. Tirocchi, Jr. and his wife Kathy, and Sandra “Sandy” Furst and her husband Mark; loving grandmother of Jamie Rehberger and her husband Rich, Michael Tirocchi and his wife Kristen, Sarah Zoppo and her husband Giuliano, and Stephanie Furst; cherished great-grandmother of Ellie and Lucy Tirocchi, and Brynlie and Hayden Rehberger; dear sister of the late Daniel and Michael Trevisonno, Josephine Tirocchi, Theresa Tamberino, and Mary Verdecchia. Gloria is also survived by many loving extended family members and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to gather at Schimunek Funeral Home, Inc., 9705 Belair Rd., Nottingham, MD 21236, on Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 4-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, at 11am, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Gloria’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Rd., Ste. D, Timonium, MD 21093, or St. Leo Roman Catholic Church, 227 S. Exeter St., Baltimore, MD 21202.

  • FAMILY

  • The late Louis J. Tirocchi, Sr., Husband
  • Louis J. Tirocchi, Jr. and his wife Kathy, Son
  • Sandra "Sandy" Furst and her husband Mark, Daughter
  • Jamie Rehberger and her husband Rich, Grandchild
  • Michael Tirocchi and his wife Kristen, Grandchild
  • Sarah Zoppo and her husband Giuliano, Grandchild
  • Stephanie Furst, Grandchild
  • Ellie Tirocchi, Great Grandchild
  • Lucy Tirocchi, Great Grandchild
  • Brynlie Rehberger, Great Grandchild
  • Hayden Rehberger, Great Grandchild
  • The late Daniel Trevisonno, Brother
  • The late Michael Trevisonno, Brother
  • The late Josephine Tirocchi, Sister
  • The late Theresa Tamberino, Sister
  • The late Mary Verdecchia, Sister
  • Gloria is also survived by many loving extended family members and friends.
  • DONATIONS

  • Alzheimer's Association
  • St. Leo Roman Catholic Church

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Burial Friday, November 15, 2019

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Biography

I would like to thank everyone for coming to celebrate the life of Gloria Tirocchi, or as I call her, Nonna.

Nonna’s story began in a townhouse on Exeter St. in Little Italy. She was born on August 1, 1927. Her parents were Anthony and Rosina Trevisonno, of whom had six children. Nonna was the youngest of them all. Her siblings were Daniel, Michael, Theresa, Mary, and Josephine.

Little Italy was a big part of her upbringing. Her father, also known as “Tony the Tailor,” owned a tailor shop with her mother in their townhouse on the main level. Her family lived directly across the street from St. Leo’s Church. Nonna’s family were devout Catholics and involved with the church. Nonna went to grade school right down the street from her house at St. Leo’s School. I remember her telling me stories of when she was little where she would wash the white marble steps of people’s homes.

After she graduated the eighth grade, she was planning to attend the Catholic High School of Baltimore. However, there was a change of plans weeks before her intended first day. Her mother, Rosina, got sick. And her father need her help with the tailor shop. So instead, she traded her books in for a needle and thread. As I said before, her family were devout Catholics. According to the 4th Commandment, “Honor thy father and thy mother,” is what she did.

Years later, she would marry the love of her life, my Pop-pop, Louis Tirocchi Sr. Together, they had two children, Louis Jr. and Sandy. They raised their family on Woodbourne Ave. in the Northwood neighborhood. After Nonna’s father, Anthony, passed away, her mother, Rosina, lived with Nonna’s family up until she died.

Both of her children married and had children of their own. Louis Jr. married Kathy and they had Jamie and Michael, of whom Nonna called her “ little meatballs.” And Sandy, my mother, married my father, Mark Furst, and they had twins, my sister Sarah and me, of whom she called her “little muchkins.” Years later, she received the coveted great-grandmother title to 4 great-grandchildren: Ellie, Brynlie, Lucy, and Hayden.

While they lived on Woodbourne Avenue, they enjoyed great times with their neighbors, which later became their extended family. Still today, my Nonna’s children and the neighbor’s children are still friends and are here today. This was the “normal Woodbourne schedule:” kids to school, ladies having coffee together (AKA, an early version of “the View”), chores, get the kids from school, make dinner, end it with a coffee with the group. The day ended as it stared, with coffee.

I remember the many stories that Nonna told me about her sister and BFF, Josie. They spent a lot of time together. Both of them even spoke Italian, which brings me to the infamous “Elevator Story.” One day, Joise and Nonna were in an elevator in a department store where they overheard two other ladies speaking about them in Italian, thinking they would not understand. When they exited the elevator, Josie shocked the ladies by responding in Italian,…well, let’s just say her response is not appropriate to say in church!

Nonna had a full social calendar. She LOVED shopping at the major department stores. In later years with my mom, she would take Nonna every Saturday to Panera Bread and then go to the mall for shopping at Macy’s and then to church here at St. Joe’s for Saturday Mass. She loved her annual weekend trips to New York City. Also, she loved casinos, especially day bus trips to Atlantic City where she would play slots all day. Nonna’s love for gambling was not just on slots. She loved playing Bingo on Sundays at the Little Italy Lodge.

In recent years, she would have Tuesday lunch trips with the ladies which included my mother, Debbie Savino, Rose Occhionero, Dolores Harrant, and Marie Mingioni. Sometimes, it would be lunch at Liberatores, DeSantis, or Friendly Farms where they would get the same waitress, Donna Marie. Once a month, the group would take a trip up to Havre de Grace with a stop at…you guessed it, THE CASINO, at Perryville.

I don’t know about you, but my Nonna was an awesome cook. She was famous for family recipes like the soupette, candied sweet potatoes, and Italian cookies. I know all of the Italians in the room think that their mothers or grandmothers made the best pasta sauce. But, my Nonna made the best sauce in the whole world!
Nonna and my grandfather were married for over 68 years. We can agree on one thing, that’s a very long time! They enjoyed dancing the night away at social events and weddings. On Saturdays, they attended Saturday Mass and going out to dinner with family and other couples. They enjoyed a Sunday drive in the country followed by a nice dinner. Throughout the years, they volunteered down Little Italy during the St. Anthony and St. Gabriel Festivals and ravioli dinners with the extended family.

Now that Nonna has passed, she is finally again joined with Adeleen, Virginia, Philomena, and Jen, the Woodbourne Avenue ladies. They are now enjoying their coffee together and watching over their children. Nonna is finally reunited with her parents of whom she had not seen in over half a decade. She can also enjoy the company of all her older siblings that she had not seen in quite sometime. And then, most importantly, she is reunited her beloved husband, Pop-pop, dancing the night away!


On November 10, 2019, Gloria D. Tirocchi (nee Trevisonno) passed away. She was the beloved wife of the late Louis J. Tirocchi, Sr.; devoted mother of Louis J. Tirocchi, Jr. and his wife Kathy, and Sandra “Sandy” Furst and her husband Mark; loving grandmother of Jamie Rehberger and her husband Rich, Michael Tirocchi and his wife Kristen, Sarah Zoppo and her husband Giuliano, and Stephanie Furst; cherished great-grandmother of Ellie and Lucy Tirocchi, and Brynlie and Hayden Rehberger; dear sister of the late Daniel and Michael Trevisonno, Josephine Tirocchi, Theresa Tamberino, and Mary Verdecchia. Gloria is also survived by many loving extended family members and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather at Schimunek Funeral Home, Inc., 9705 Belair Rd., Nottingham, MD 21236, on Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 4-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, at 11am, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Gloria’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Rd., Ste. D, Timonium, MD 21093, or St. Leo Roman Catholic Church, 227 S. Exeter St., Baltimore, MD 21202.