Obituary of Gloria Leber
Gloria Marini Leber, 95, of Lafayette, Colorado passed away on Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 at the Peaks at Old Laramie Trail Assisted Living Home. Gloria was born on January 8th, 1926 in West Hoboken, NJ. She spent most of her life in Nutley, NJ and retired to Bradley Beach, NJ. Gloria eventually spent the last few years of her life in Montauk, NY and then Colorado, to live by family
Gloria and her sisters, Rose and Nelda, were raised in Union City and known as the 'Marini Sisters'. As a young girl Gloria was the first to rise in the morning, eager and ready to start each day, keeping happy company with her father. He called her "il mio uccellino' (In Italian: "my little bird"). Gloria graduated from Union Hill High School. Upon graduation she received the award for 'Class Smoothie'.
Gloria joked that the three busiest years of her life included graduating from high school in 1945, marrying Richard Leber in 1946, and in 1947 the birth of their son, Marshal.
Family was always first for Gloria - her life pivoted on family togetherness. When Mike was a baby they lived with Gloria's parents, her mother-in-law, and both sisters and their families in a four story apartment building owned by her parents, in Union City. Walks in the local park with her mother and the family were daily occurrences. Through life Gloria was an avid reader of many genres. Gloria was a spirited New York Yankees fan. She watched all the games and knew the facts and figures of present and past players. Gloria was always finding NYY fans among family and (new) friends to share in her enthusiasm.
Whether through affiliations at Saint Mary's Church, Bridge Group, bookkeeping at Bergen Tool in Nutley, gathering on their boat for 'dry dock' parties, holding the ritual 'Tea Parties' with family and friends, traveling, or encouraging you to become a Star Trek fan - Gloria and her husband Dick were a couple who shared and laughed often.
Gloria was devoted and took an active part in the lives of her grandchildren, Brett and Chelsea. Gloria used her computer skills during the COVID pandemic to visit with family and stayed connected with her great-grandchildren sharing in their daily lives.
Gloria's personality brought a variety of people into her world. She had a huge heart and generously shared her gentle kindness, grounded wisdom, and abundant wit with all generations.
Gloria lived fully and compassionately.
Gloria is survived by her grandson, Brett Leber and wife, Kristina; granddaughter Chelsea Samot and husband, Corey; great-grandchildren Owen Leber and Hudson Samot; daughter-in-law Patti Leber; sister Nelda Brickner, and by many loving nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
Gloria's funeral arrangements will be with the William J. Leber Funeral Home in Chester, NJ. Gloria's interment will be February 17, 2021 at the Hillside Cemetery, 742 Rutherford Ave in Lyndhurst, NJ at 11:30.
For pictures and remembrances visit www.glorialeber.wordpress.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
The Friends of the Montauk Library, 871 Montauk Highway, Montauk NY 11954.
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