Wolcott – Gloria J. St. Pierre, 90, passed away peacefully at home on November 14, 2019. She was born in Waterbury on October 9, 1929, daughter of Albert and Dorothy (Lawrence) Sheldon. After graduating from Crosby High School, she studied nursing at the New London Naval Base and Meriden Hospital. Gloria met her husband Maurice in 1946. They were married in 1948 and were residents of Wolcott for over 60 years, until his passing in 2016.
Gloria’s involvement in the Episcopal Church was always important to her. She formed a women’s group at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Wolcott with the intent of helping those in need. She was also an active community leader, serving as Girl Scout Leader, President of the Lewis School PTA from 1958-1959, and Chairman of the Wolcott School Health Council in 1960. She served on the Wolcott Board of Education from 1965-1967 and also worked as the Purchasing manager for the Wolcott Superintendent of Schools for several years.
Joining the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1950 became a rewarding part of her life. Over the years she served on the Executive Board and chaired several committees, including the State Project Screening and membership Committees, as well as serving as Corresponding Secretary, State Historian, and Redbook Editor. She served as District Director (two terms) heading up such committees as Education, International Affairs, and Platform and Protocol. Gloria was the cofounder of both the Wolcott Junior Women’s Club and the Farmingbury Women’s Club. In addition to the many positions she held in these clubs, she also served as President of all of them. As President of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, she traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and gave many inspiring speeches. She received a coveted award for her volunteer services and worked with actor Hugh O’Brian (Wyatt Earp) on the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation (ten years), for which he personally recognized and awarded her for her service and commitment to Connecticut youth. She helped raise money for Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. and was part of the Connecticut Delegation at the dedication ceremony. In addition, she served on the Secretary of State’s Committee for the Advancement of Educational Television under former Governor Ella Grasso.
Gloria is survived by her daughter, Suzanne; son Robert; grandson Cody; great-grandchildren Gavin and Scarlett; and her sister Beatrice Francis.
Funeral services will be private.
Donations in her memory may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 6015, Wolcott, CT 06716