Died at her home in Boynton Beach, Florida, on Sunday, February 16, 2014. Born on November 8, 1926, in East Pittsburgh, PA, to Eve and Henry "Buzz" Heckel. She married Michael A. "Bob" Nalevanko on June 1, 1946. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and three great-grandchildren, Tanner Page, Lucy Settembre, and Holly Ward. Gloria led a life of dedicated community service in East Pittsburgh, Monroeville, Fombell, and Harmony, PA. A member of St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church in Zelienople, PA, she served as President of the St. Anne's Guild, and also attended the Grace Reformed Church in Harmony, PA. Gloria was active in the Cranberry Elks, the local chapters of VFW and Moose, the Harmony Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, the Harmony Historical Society, the Girl Scouts, SOAR, president of the Harmony Community Club, a member of the Butler County Business and Professional Women's organization, Committee Chairwoman for the Democrat Women's Assoc. of Butler County, elected to Harmony Boro Council 1978-81, 1986-93, and Mayor of Harmony from 1982-1985. Gloria and Bob purchased the Strand Theater in Zelienople, PA in 1967 and operated it until 1987. It was sold in 2003 to The Strand Theater Initiative. In 2004, she moved to Boynton Beach, Florida, where she lived with her daughter, Michelle, until her death. She enjoyed playing cards, especially poker, and regularly played with friends in Boynton Beach, and also loved dogs and other animals. Whenever we hear "GLORIA IN EXCELCIS DEO!" we are reminded of Mom. She is survived by her brother, Richard (Mary) Heckel, North Huntington, PA; her three children, Richard (Joy) Nalevanko, Alstead, NH, Ray (Debbie) Nalevanko, Petersburg, OH, and Michelle McClintick, Boynton Beach, FL; grandchildren, Candace (Bernie) Kavo, Chrisanne (Steve) Page, Robbie (Lisa) McClintick, Alexander Nalevanko, Megan (Dan) Falcone, Mandy (Ethan) Settembre, Katie Baker, Jill (Dan) Ward, Angelette (Ron) Holtman, Karra (Brent) Graeser, and Mike (Erica) Nalevanko; 26 great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions can be made to The Ronald McDonald House in Jacksonville, FL. In accordance with her wishes, her remains were cremated and the ashes will be placed in a reef ball in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Mar. 11, 2014