Gloria Elaine Becht
May 14, 1926 – April 4, 2021
Gloria Elaine Becht was Born on May 14, 1926 and Passed Away on April 4, 2021
Gloria Elaine Segall, the eldest daughter of nine children, was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1926. When she was nine years old, her father, a dentist, passed away during the Depression, leaving a wife and nine children behind. This life changing event shaped the course of Gloria’s path and gave her strength, drive, and independence that were quite extraordinary for a woman of her time. She married August Donald Becht on June 4, 1951 and they settled in Monmouth County in the early 1960s. As a young wife and mother to daughters Donna and Cynthia, Gloria chose to be a stay-at-home mom. However, her talent as an artist was not to be extinguished. Gloria’s avocation was impossible to ignore. She dedicated whatever free time she had to painting murals in homes and business offices as well as giving art lessons to children and adults. As a fiercely independent woman, Gloria took on the challenge of obtaining her realtor’s license in her early 40s. She then went on to earn her broker’s license and opened up her own real estate office in her early 50s, doing business as Becht & Company Realtors and Seagull Builders in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. A firm proponent of equal rights and opportunities, Gloria made it a point to help women in need by giving them opportunities to work in her office. She was a successful builder of office buildings and custom homes up until her late sixties, when she retired.
During her retirement, Gloria and her loving husband Augie traveled the world, spending time in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the Caribbean. All of those close to Gloria—children, grandchildren, and friends, knew of her endless loving devotion to them. Surviving Gloria are her two daughters Donna Jessica Bitensky and Cynthia Virginia Becht, and her grandchildren Samantha Becht Nurmi, Jason Bitensky, and Justin Bitensky. Gloria’s surviving siblings are Bernice Yerich, Eddie Segall, and Patsy Segall.
Services for Gloria will take place Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 3 PM at Bloomfield Cooper Jewish Chapels 2130 Route 35 (Kings Highway), Ocean, NJ.
Cynthia Becht welcomes all those who are comfortable gathering indoors to join her at her home after the service to reminisce and share memories at:
4 Ocean Avenue (Seaside Condos), Ocean Grove.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Gloria Elaine Becht
April 17, 2021
Long time since we last saw each other. The years sure breeze away. Samantha must be about 27 or so?. I'm turning 64 on
05-03-21. Your mom was a Taurus as I am.
"stubborn accentric, kind,care takers, passionate,tough, genuine, fastidious & more"
I wanted to send you my condolences. You were fortunate to have your mom all these years.
Your mother was lovely as I remember.
All of my family is gone now also.
I hope life is being kind to you and your happy healthy.
I'm sure your aware that Donna and I haven't spoken in many years. I hope she's well and happy also.
M u a h !!
April 8, 2021
I met Gloria several years ago when she hired me to walk her 16 year old poodle, Maxwell. I walked Maxwell everyday at least three times a day for about 1.5 years. In those 18 months, Maxwell bit his mommy at least four times that I can remember. On our way to the walk-in to get her hand or hands checked because of the bites, she would apply her lipstick, purse her lips together and in we would walk. Hello Mrs. Becht, said the receptionist, which hand did Maxwell bite? She didn’t care—she loved that poodle, he could do no wrong.
We had breakfast most of those mornings where Gloria would regale me with stories from her past. She was so proud of her accomplishments, not so proud of her very few failures. She loved fine dining and complaining. She lovingly spoke of her trips to Mexico with her husband Auggie. She had impeccable taste. She was overly generous and would move heaven and earth to protect her loved ones. I learned so much from Gloria. In many ways she made me a more caring, patient person.
My deepest condolences to her family whom she loved so very much.