April 3, 1930 - June 17, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - Gloria Irene Sanchez, 83, of Orlando and formerly of Cassopolis, Mich., died peacefully early in the morning of Monday, June 17, 2013, in her home, in the presence of her family.
Gloria was born April 3, 1930, in Chicago to Charles and Levola (Brown) Smith.
At the age of 3 she moved to Cassopolis with two siblings, Constance and Charles Jr. to be raised by paternal grandparents E. L. and Leozie Smith on their farm, so that their parents could pursue their business endeavors in the Smith Hoist Design and Manufacturing Company.
Gloria attended elementary school in Willow Pond and graduated from Englewood High School in Chicago in 1961.
She held several jobs, including working in a book bindery, as a switchboard operator, at a nursing home and in the pathology department of Mother Cabrina Hospital. Hospital work and music were her passions. She was a devoted and active charter member of the House of Prayer Community Church of Cassopolis.
Gloria will be greatly missed by family and friends.
She is survived by one daughter, Maria (Dennis) Wooden of Orlando; three sons, Frederick (Soledad) Smith of Cassopolis, the Rev. Juan (Julie) Sanchez of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Jose Jr. (Heather) Sanchez of Wheaton, Ill.; one stepson, Manuel (Marva) Sanchez of Seattle; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Constance "Connie" (Bert) Goens of Decatur, Mich.; former husband, Jose Sanchez Sr. of Mexico; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Charles R. Smith Jr.; and one adopted daughter, Gerarda Harris.
Family and friends will gather from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, and again at noon until time of service at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 N. Broadway St., Cassopolis, with Pastor Juan Sanchez and the Rev. Leozie Broadnax officiating. Mrs. Sanchez will be laid to rest in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Cassopolis.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis.
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