Gloria Jean Powers
1945-2013 PITTSFIELD Gloria Jean Powers, 68, of 15 Kellie Drive, passed away Tuesday evening, December 3, 2013 at Baystate Medical Center surrounded by her family. Born on September 17, 1945 the daughter of Michael and Carmella Fiorillo Cozzolino, she was a 1963 graduate of Pittsfield High School. Gloria truly loved her life-long career in the food service industry. She worked at Berkshire Frosted Foods for over 20 years. In 1985, she founded B&G Restaurant Supply with her late husband, Bernie. Gloria and Bernie grew a successful business out of a passion for serving their customers and taking care of their employees. Today B&G employs over 40 employees and has a second location in Albany, N.Y. B&G supplies accounts all over the country and is rated one of the top 100 foodservice dealerships in the United States. Gloria enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She always looked forward to the 4th of July parade, going to casinos and touring Disney World. She was a New England Patriot fan and enjoyed attending sporting events with her husband. Most of all, she was proud to be "Mimi" to her five grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her loving, caring, personality and the way she found a positive light in every situation. She was warm, generous and had a magical way of making everyone feel special. She was a communicant of St. Charles Church. Gloria was a proud and active member of C.I.A.O. and UNICCO. She was a member of the Skyline Country Club. She liked to golf and travel, most recently to Italy, the home of her ancestors. Gloria was predeceased by her husband, Bernie Powers, whom she married on June 10, 1967. He died on November 21, 2011. She leaves a son, Robert F. Powers and Kristie Scarafoni of Lenox and a daughter, Tricia Dambrauskas and her husband Todd of Needham, Mass.; five grandchildren, Mackenzi and Makayla Powers, Luciana Scarafoni Powers and Avery and Isabella Dambrauskas; as well as her four sisters, Connie Rabideau of Northboro, Mass., Marie Matthews and her husband, Mark of Pittsfield, Barbara Handy of West Boylston, Mass., and Patty Bianco and her husband, John of Pittsfield; and will be sadly missed by her brothers-in-law, Dr. Gerald Powers and his wife, Nancy of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and John Powers and his wife, Paula, of Pittsfield. Gloria was predeceased by her brothers-in-law, Richard Rabideau, John Handy, Francis, Robert and James Powers. Gloria leaves four aunts; Mary Cozzolino of Chatham, N.Y., Anne Gardina of Ghent, N.Y., Caroline DuPilka and Phyllis Fiorillo, both of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Mrs. Gloria Powers will be Saturday, December 7, 2013, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Charles Church, celebrated by Rev. A. Peter Gregory, Pastor. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours at St. Charles Church will be Friday, December 6, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. If friends desire, donations may be made to the Bernie Powers Memorial Fund, care of the Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North St., Pittsfield MA 01201 in her memory. Donations in Gloria's honor will be used toward Heart Disease and Cancer Research. Please visit www.dwyerfuneral.com
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