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Swan Funeral Home

1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT

OBITUARY

Gloria Joan Neri

April 5, 1936December 18, 2019
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Gloria Joan Neri passed away at home on 12/18/19 surrounded by those she loved. Gloria was the daughter of Richard Cassidy & Blanche Orisini born on 4/5/36 in Brooklyn New York. She attended the St Francis of Assisi & the Catherine McCawley School in Brooklyn New York. She graduated from the Drakes Business School and worked as a stenographer for a Law Firm in NYC. It was in school that she met the love of her life Anthony Phillip Neri, where they went on their first date to the movie theater. They would later marry on April 14, 1956 and have 5 children. They moved to Westbrook in 1965 where they raised their family and built a life together.

She was a lifelong catholic and cherished her years as an active member of the Congregation, Ladies Guild and Choir at St Mark’s Church.

Gloria spent 34 years as the Director of Food Services for Westbrook School district. It was her life’s work - the lifelong friendships, lasting impact, and fulfillment that it brought her was paramount. She retired in 1999. She also worked as a nurse’s aide providing care in people’s homes. She volunteered at Middlesex Health, Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook providing more than 1000 hours of service during her tenure.

Though Gloria faced much adversity and many hardships in her life, she had so much love to give to others, and cared for so many her entire life. Not only did she raise her 7 siblings starting at age 14, but she raised her 5 children and countless other children in Westbrook as she opened her house to whomever needed it. At age 58, she adopted and raised Jerry Morant who was the apple of her eye. She was known as ‘gram’ to many. Her smile could light up a room, and her laugh was infectious. She had a big and tender heart, and her hugs were simply the best. She had a fighting spirit that never wavered, even into her final days.

She is best known for her perfume, perfectly done hair and nails and her fabulous wardrobe. She was an avid reader and loved the beach, the sun, and cruising, dancing, traveling and spending time with her family. Her nickname was “Yoya and pink grandma”. She is predeceased by her husband Anthony Neri and survived by her children: Daniel Neri and fiancé Toni of Scottsdale, AZ, Laura Welch and spouse Ted Westbrook, Catherine Wade & spouse Richard of Westbrook, Doreen Camire and significant other Lee Redmond of Deep River, Anthony Neri Jr and spouse Stacey of Westbrook, and adopted son Jerry Morant and spouse Beau of Washington DC. She is survived by 20 grandchildren: Matthew , Danny, Nicole, Taryn, Kyle, Jordan, Reid, Miracle, James, Adam, Caitlin, Chelsea, Chelbi, Richard Jr, Krysta, Cori, Amber, Cassidy, McKenzie, Brooklyn as well as her 9 great grandchildren: Bodhi, Logan, Garret, Natalia, Rebecca, Braxton & Blake, Luke, and Jayden. She is also survived by siblings: Richard Cassidy & wife Carol of NJ, Tish Maresca & husband Ronny of New York, Ruth Fitzsimmons of Florida, and Robert Cassidy of South Carolina. She is predeceased by brother’s Arthur & James Cassidy, and sister Peggy Gentile. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. And lastly she is survived by her most loyal companion Bailey.

Her fierce, fighting spirit and years of happy memories and laughter live on - inside us all. Swan’s funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Calling hours will be Friday 12/20 at Swan’s Old Saybrook from 5p-8p. Funeral will be Saturday 12/21 at 10am at St Mark’s church in Westbrook with burial immediately following at Resurrection Cemetery in Westbrook. In lieu of flowers her family welcomes donations, in her honor, to the Middlesex Health Hospice unit.

A celebration of her life will take place at Waters Edge Resort 1525 Boston Post Road Westbrook, CT 06498 860-577-3526 Immediately following the service.

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, December 20, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, December 21, 2019

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Libby Rutty

January 9, 2020

Laura, Dan and family,
Our family, like many others are saddened by Your moms passing. I have so many fond memories of her when we were in high school. I was always amazed at how calm and welcoming she was when her kids and their all of their friends overtook the house. I hope all of you will find peace as you hold close your many memories of her.
With love, Libby and Family

Tim Collins

December 20, 2019

Always enjoyed seeing Mrs Neri. Westbrook lost a Great Person but Heaven gained an Angel. My Deepest Sympathies for the Family and Friends.

Brenda Smith

December 20, 2019

Gloria was a shining star. I'm thankful to have known her and have fond memories starting at the "old clinic"

Toni Nealon

December 19, 2019

Mom, you have truly been a blessing and a joy to our lives. I am so glad to have known you and be a part of your family. You will missed and always remembered.

Love,

Toni

Toni Nealon

December 19, 2019

Grandma, we will remember you and always love you. You were sweet,kind,caring,and loving. Love, Miracle

Debbie Sweet

December 19, 2019

Cathy and All,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Your Mom was always surrounded by so much love and care. She will be remembered by me in fondness. She was always so gracious, poised and beautiful.
Condolences to all.
Love,
Debbie

Debby Wade

December 19, 2019

Cathy and family so sorry for your loss, Gloria was a great person. I can always remember her being there for everyone. She will be greatly missed.

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