Gloria Ann DiLorenzo
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.
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Our condolences to Bob, Robin and the extended family. Gloria was a dear woman and lover of the arts. Dr. Alan J. and Louella Ward
Louella Krueger Ward
January 17, 2022
I remember Gloria very well. She and my sister, Josephine were best friends. I remember her dog that would follow them wherever they went. I also remember how we would cook potatoes in a fire we built behind grandma DiLorenzo's second story apartment in the courtyard. These are just a few memories. Gloria will be missed.
Bob Sergent
January 15, 2022
With much love as a devoted friend. May you rest in peace. You were a true friend. I wish your family peace and love.
Barb K. Smith
January 15, 2022
My dear friend Robin held Gloria in the highest of regard and loved and cared for Gloria so very much. She always shared how much she enjoyed her visits with Gloria and how she had warmed the hearts of her family. What a touching and lovely memorial her obituary is and what a wonderful photo of her from her early days. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you mourn the passing of this beautiful lady. All my love to you all.
Nicholle Bertino
January 14, 2022
We began playing games on Zoom with my Uncle Bobby and Gloria and my Cousin Robin and her husband, Symeon. Gloria´s eyes would light up and her entire face showed how much she enjoyed still playing. We are happy for the time we spent with her. I saw a very tender side of my Uncle Bobby in their interactions. It was so sweet to see.
Bill and Kael
January 14, 2022
Gloria was one of the sweetest women I knew. She embodied kindness, loyalty and love. We will carry her loving spirit within us each and every day. She was my second Mother and I will cherish her always and forever...
Robin Smith Davis
January 13, 2022
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