Gloria Esther "Ma Ma" Marrero (née Cruz)
LORAIN - Gloria Esther "Ma Ma" Marrero (née Cruz), 69, of Lorain, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain.
Born August 14, 1944, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, she had lived in Lorain for most of her life. Gloria was employed at Green Circle Growers and Ford Motor Company.
Gloria was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. She enjoyed ceramics and all crafts in general. She also loved to cook for everyone, especially Sunday family dinners. Ma Ma was very devoted to her family. She also enjoyed watching the Cleveland sports teams and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 54 years, Pedro J. Marrero; children, Arlene Marrero, Delia Marrero, Steve Marrero. Stanley Marrero, John Marrero, Diana Marrero-Pinto, Marisa Marrero and Michael Marrero; 23 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; father, Juan Varela; brothers, Ray Cruz and James Cruz; and sister, Luz Celenia Clark.
Gloria was preceded in death by her mother, Edelia Varela; grandson, Matthew Steven Marrero; grandmother, Angela Maldonado; nephew, James Bonilla; and biological father, Pedro Cruz.
Her family will receive friends on Monday, February 3, from 4 to 8 PM in the Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain. Friends may also call Tuesday from 9 until time of 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Avenue, Lorain. The Rev. Father John C. Retar, Pastor of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish in Lorain will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.
Funeral arrangements are by Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain (440) 277-8164.
For further information and to sign the online register book, see Reidyfuneral.com.