Gloria A. (Mellon) Hallenbeck

Gloria A. (Mellon) Hallenbeck, born Jan. 27, 1952, was gathered into the loving arms of our merciful God on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, leaving this world in the same manner in which she lived: with grace, dignity, and the peace of God in her heart.

Bunny, as she was affectionately known to all, was born in Englewood, N.J. She enjoyed life from the second grade onward in West Hartford, where, in 1972, God introduced her to her best friend, husband, and soul mate of 41 years, Dana Lee Hallenbeck.

Her love, courage, and benevolence lives on in the hearts of her four beloved children, Elizabeth Taylor (her husband, Thomas), Brent L. Hallenbeck (his wife, Melissa), Melissa Augusto (her husband, Helvidio), and Brock Hallenbeck; and her six cherished grandchildren, Quillian, Selkie, Emrys Taylor, and Wyatt, Callie, and Zander Augusto. She was predeceased by her father, Vincent Mellon Jr. Her memory will live on in her mother, Gloria Mellon; her brothers, Vincent Mellon III and Richard Mellon; and her sister, Cynthia Mellon, as well as a large and loving extended family.

Bunny's life was filled with love and joy, and guided by faith as she served Bethany Lutheran Church of West Hartford both as church secretary for 18 years as well as a parishioner for over 30 years before joining Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Manchester in 2009, where her husband, Dana, was called to serve as pastor. She also faithfully served both Bethany and Westminster Presbyterian Church as bookkeeper for nearly two decades. The things she cherished most in her life were time spent with her family, both at home and on camping trips, puttering in the garden, and listening to her beloved music. Faith, family, and friends played a fundamental role in her life. Ever sacrificing her own needs, Bunny flawlessly filled the roles of devoted wife, doting mother, and beloved friend. A Christian in the truest sense, she lived to serve others. Her innumerable selfless acts of love and devotion will forever be remembered by those she touched with her kindness, her beautiful and contagious smile, and her laughter. "Well done, good, and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master."

Calling hours will be held at Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m.

A memorial service will be conducted at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1655 Boulevard, West Hartford, on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 120 Cooper St., Manchester, CT 06040.

Online condolences may be made at

Funeral Home

Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
1084 New Britain Avenue West Hartford, CT 06110
(860) 561-3800

Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23, 2013