ISHPEMING, MI – Gloria Catherine (Torreano) Gagliardi, 95, of Ishpeming, entered into eternal life on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility while under the loving care of his family, staff of MCMCF and Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice.
Gloria was born on January 10, 1927 to Joseph A. and Catherine (Jedda) Torreano in Negaunee, MI. She graduated from St Paul’s Catholic School. Her father owned an Italian bakery in the early 1900s, making deliveries of his bread and pastries together by horse and buggy.
After marrying Joseph Gagliardi in 1947, she became a resident of Ishpeming. A Hematite too. They had five children: Teresa, Patricia, Christine, Margaret and Joseph.
After raising her family, Gloria worked part-time at Gateley in the women’s department. She then became an employee of Bell Memorial Hospital.
Gloria was an avid baker herself, known for her delicious and mouth-watering dishes. “apple slices” and carrot bars. She enjoyed reading and sharing her recipes with annual contributions to “Library Friends” recipe book. After his cake decorating lessons, his grandchildren fondly remember their “special” birthday cakes.
Gloria was a devout member of St John’s Catholic Church, where she volunteered for funerals and other special events. She enjoyed her daily coffee with friends and her Sunday morning ritual with at ‘Buck’s. Being an avid hematite fan, she frequently attended sporting events. She was also a member of the Bell Memorial Auxiliary, volunteering her time.
Gloria enjoyed visiting her brother and sister in AZ and California and later her son and daughters, making annual visits. After her daughter, Chris, moved to AZ, she was able to spend her winters in California and AZ. During a visit to CA, she had the opportunity at Burbank Studios to attend the taping of The Tonight Show. She was filmed shaking hands with host Jay Leno, which later aired on national television. On another visit, she met celebrity chef Giada for a book signing. The inscription she wrote in Gloria’s copy said “from one Italian cook to another!” She also accompanied her daughter Pat to the Netherlands to visit her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and take in the sights. Additionally, she has traveled overseas with the U alumni. of M. exploring Italy with his daughter Margaret.
Gloria is survived by four daughters; Teresa Beard, (Negaunee MI) Pat and (Jim) Blewett, (Ishpeming) Christine Blank (Florence AZ), Margaret Mahoney (Costa Mesa, CA) and Joe Gagliardi, (Corona, CA), ten grandchildren; Jason Beard, Kelly Beard, Dana (Tim) Hares, Debbie (Jason) Nurmi, Traci (Jeff) Kerneklian, Jeff Griffiths, Jasmine Gagliardi, Joseph (Montserrat) Gagliardi, Mariah Gagliardi, Linsey Gagliardi, seven great-grandchildren; Lucy Beard, Bella Ruesing, Hayden Hares, Ava Hares, Allie Kerneklian, Will Kerneklian, Kushner Cadenas, several nieces and nephews.
Gloria was predeceased by her parents; Joseph & Catherine Torreano, husband; Joseph Gagliardi, brother & sister-in-law; Paul & Marian Torreano, sister; Patricia Rawls and her son-in-law; Tom Blank.
A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 25, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Fr. Christian Flagstadt officiating. A visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by a mass and dinner to follow at K/D Hall.
Mass will be streamed live at ishpeming catholic.com/live.
Gloria’s obituary can be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com, where relatives and friends can leave a note of remembrance.