DiLorenzo, Gloria Ann
Gloria Ann DiLorenzo, age 86, passed peacefully on January 10, 2022. She was born February 24, 1935, in Joliet, IL to Charles and Mary DiLorenzo. She attended Joliet Township High School and graduated in 1953. Gloria lived most of her adult life in her beloved Chicago. In the early 1970s, after receiving her Master's in Labor Relations from the University of Chicago, Gloria began work for the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago where she quickly rose in the ranks. Gloria had a fierce love for tennis and even traveled to Wimbledon several times. She studied Italian so she could learn the native language of her grandparents and spent many years visiting different regions of Italy with her sister Bernie. She enjoyed foreign films, plays, the Chicago skyline, and spending time at the Art Institute of Chicago. Gloria was thoughtful and private, always taking great care with decisions. She was reserved until you heard her laugh. Gloria's laugh was specific, vibrant, and unmistakable. She will be remembered for that great laugh, the way she embraced the arts and instilled that love in those around her, and her calm and kind nature. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, a sister who died in childhood, Viola, and her older sister Bernadine. Glorida is survived by her niece, Carol Cryer; grandnieces Stephanie (Michael) Johnson and Sandra Austin; a great grandniece, Cecilia; her companion Robert Smith and Robert's daughter Robin (Symeon) Smith Davis; and many cousins. To honor Gloria, please consider supporting the Parkinson's Foundation or spending a quiet afternoon in an art museum.
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Published by Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 13, 2022.