Gloria Abell

Groton - Gloria Jean ( Palmisano) Abell, 72, of 277 Midway Oval in Groton, died peacefully at home after a brief illness with her family at her side.

She was born Aug. 8, 1934 in New London, the daughter of Peter and Antonia Palmisano.

Gloria was married to Ronald E. Abell Sr. at St. Mary's in New London on Oct. 2, 1954.

She attended local schools and was in the first graduating class of New London High School in 1952.

After graduating, she worked at Sheffield Tube Company before leaving to raise a family. She later worked at the Holiday Inn in Groton for many years.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Ron Abell Jr. and his wife Darlene of Voluntown; her daughter Diana and her husband Earle Williams of Groton; four grandchildren, Randy, Molly and Ron Abell of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., and Antonia Williams of Groton; three sisters, Georgina and her husband Corky Coughlin of Sun City, Texas, Roseanna and her husband Frank Abell of Lyme and Jerrold, Texas, and Mary and her husband Joe Mullen of Sun City, Texas; and one brother, Salvatore Palmisano of Waterford; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, many of whom she helped to take care of.

Gloria had many interests in her life. She bowled in many leagues and with her husband bowled for Green Stamps for years. She had been a member of the Claude Chester PTO and helped to raise funds by organizing their first cookbook and one of the first donkey basketball games in the area. She enjoyed bingo and played at many local churches with her friends. Gloria loved the casinos where she and Ron played in many slot tournaments.

An excellent cook and baker, she used to enter her cakes in the State's contests at the Groton Fair where she won first prize on two occasions. She also decorated wedding cakes and made several for relatives. Best known by family and friends was her making and delivering Italian cookies for the holidays.

Gloria was a master crocheter and made items for many of her family members and friends. It was not unusual for a stranger to compliment her on something and be given that item to take home. She also worked with plastic canvas. Her husband's co-workers were often the recipients of the items she was making and she also made holiday sets that were given to the Ledge Light Credit Union.

She and her husband loved to travel, and had been many places in the United States and had taken several cruises.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Byles- Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St. Her burial in Smith Lake Cemetery will be private for the family only.

In lieu of flowers, donations may go to the Hospice of S. E. CT., P. O. Box 902, Uncasville, CT. 06382.

Funeral Home

Byles-Groton Memorial Home - Groton
310 Thames St.  Groton, CT 06340
860 445 4844

Published in The Day on Nov. 23, 2006