Gloria Linger

November 8, 1921September 30, 2020

Gloria Linger passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 30, 2020 at 98 years young. She is survived by her two children, Carol and Bruce, her son-in-law, Jim, and her three grandchildren: Eric, Marc, and Julia. Gloria is predeceased by her husband, Dean, and her daughter-in-law Nilda.

Gloria Eleanor Ford was born on November 8, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan to Earle Ford and Eleanor Windisch. In 1926, Earle’s job relocated the family to London, Ontario, Canada, where Gloria grew up. In 1937, the Ford family returned to Grosse Pointe, Michigan where Gloria graduated high school in 1938. She attended college, did her part for the war effort, and began her career working at a children’s radio show in Detroit, where she met Dean Linger, the love of her life. On August 5,1950, they married and settled in Chicago, followed shortly by another move to Los Angeles. In 1954, the couple welcomed their daughter Carol, and in 1957, their son Bruce. The following year, the family moved to Montclair, NJ. Here, Gloria lovingly raised her children in an atmosphere filled with creative projects, music lessons, scouting, sports, bologna boat sandwiches, road trips, and days at the Jersey shore. By the late 1960s the couple’s career paths changed; they opened 2 book stores and shared their love of cooking by teaching classes at the Montclair Adult School.

As her family grew, Gloria became a grandmother - one of her greatest joys. She was a magnificent storyteller, loved her garden, her many pets, and was deeply proud of her children and grandchildren. Gloria had a magical way of offering wise words whenever needed, and was always ready to make her famous Jell-O molded salad or California coleslaw. In 2018, Gloria moved to Cape Cod with Carol and Jim to enjoy the tranquility of New England, her new home, garden and birdfeeders, and her new kitten, Tinkerbell.

A lifelong Christian Scientist, Gloria remained an active member of her church as a Sunday School teacher, first reader, bookkeeper, and reading room manager. She drew enormous strength from her faith. Gloria often quoted one of her favorite passages by Mary Baker Eddy: “O gentle Presence, peace and joy and power; O life Divine that owns each waiting hour; Thou Love that guards each nestling’s faltering flight; Keep thou my child on upward wing to night.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Gloria’s name to: The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Montclair, NJ 8 Hillside Ave Montclair, NJ 07042


  • The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Montclair, NJ


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Debra Nisivoccia

October 12, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I will truly miss Gloria ,I loved her spunk and her tenacity. God Bless 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Richard Stillman

October 12, 2020

Gloria had a generous spirit and continued to give to her church and community throughout her life. She was very supportive and I will miss her.

Leonardo Vazquez

October 11, 2020

It was a blessing and an honor to have known Gloria for decades. She was gracious and kind, and had great humor. When I was a budding journalist, I enjoyed learning from her and Dean about the great correspondents like Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite.

I, like so many people, will miss her.

Elise Vazquez

October 11, 2020

And she always recommended wonderful books! And her cranberry sauce was the best I ever tasted.

Pat Sordill

October 10, 2020

I remember Gloria from when Carol and I were in High School and they would host great parties which kept us safe and off the streets. Gloria was always welcoming and positive. We loved her from then until now. The last time I saw her, Carol and Jim were living in NJ in Caldwell and she was still sharp, warm, easy to talk to and great to be around. Gloria will be sorely missed and we send our love and sympathy to Carol, Bruce, Jim and all who were her friends and family.

Sydney Petty

October 9, 2020

I was very fortunate to have the Linger’s as neighbors and friends growing up on Melrose Place in Montclair. Things were always fun and busy at their house. Gloria and Dean were a constant loving presence.
I will always carry Gloria in my heart — she was a very, very special and loving person.
My heart goes out to Carol and Jim, who loved and cared for her so well, and to Bruce and the grandkids and to all her faithful friends. Her spirit will live on❤️

Andrea Hodel

October 8, 2020

Gloria was always welcoming to me and would always try to include me in conversations at family gatherings. She would always ask my opinion of current events. I always enjoyed speaking to her because she had a lot of wisdom. She loved her grandchildren and was well taken care of by Carol and Jim. She left this life, to go on to her next adventure, in the best way anyone could want - at home.

She will be missed and my condolences to Bruce , Carol, Jim, Eric, Marc and Julia.

Andrea Mistretta

October 2, 2020

I’ll always miss Gloria’s generous time that she gave to me as she also gave to others. - Her kind thoughtful words were like nothing I’ve ever received. The heart, soul and wisdom of Gloria's council isn’t anything one can buy. It was beyond rich. So deep, so knowing. Gloria intuitively understood the what and when of need. I always came away enriched by precious time well spent with her. - Awareness of “stillness” is one of the things Gloria instilled in me so that I can use it to cut through the mire and cacophony that life sometimes becomes. The stillness was not a nothingness, but knowledge of a state of transcendence that turned the mire into a sandy beach of multicolor stones and the cacophony into sounds of nature and humanity. Awareness of the “still” allows darkness to become enlightenment in so many ways it could be a rainbow so simple and true. With the remembrance of our Gloria, and the echoes of her voice in our memories, if you listen for it... there will be no loss, because we have Gloria's eternal love and light.

– With love and deepest sympathy to Carol, James, Bruce, Eric, Mark & Julia.

Your forever friends. - Andrea and Perry


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