Gloria M. Lenz, beloved mother, stepmother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend to many, passed away peacefully in Provo, Utah on March 7, 2013 at the age of 91. Gloria was born in Scarsdale, New York to Vincent and Josefina (Arena) Maragliotti. Vincent was a nationally recognized artist, decorator, and muralist whose works adorn many churches, state capitols, museums, governors' mansions, and public buildings across the country. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, Gloria worked as an assistant to her father in his studio above Grand Central Station in New York City. In 1942 she married Frederick W. Tetzlaff, the father of her two children. In the late 1960s she moved with her second husband Sidney Lenz to Bonifay. There she led a happy and active life surrounded by many friends and students who attended her art classes. She delighted in spending her free time painting and playing the organ in her home in Dogwood Lakes. She developed a local reputation as an accomplished artist. Three years after the death of Mr. Lenz in May of 1996, she moved to Provo, Utah to be closer to her daughter and her family, and she continued to enjoy working at her art. Her home was always filled with friends, neighbors, and children who delighted in her sparkling personality, her quick wit, and her generous hospitality. Gloria never let anyone leave her house without having something to eat.
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She will be lovingly remembered by her two children, Karen Varley of Provo, Utah and Frederick W. Tetzlaff of San Rafael, Calif.; grandchildren, Adrienne (Kyle) Burdette, Noel (Robert) Ehlers , and Jerry Varley as well as seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by six sisters and a brother.
Family and friends were invited to a Celebration of Life service on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7 p.m., at Parkway 3rd Ward, 2876 West 1390 North, Provo Utah. A light supper followed the service. Gloria rests next to her late husband, Sidney in Bonifay. There was a graveside service at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Bonifay, under the direction of the Peel Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to a
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Mar. 13, 2013