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Gloria Carmel Venezia (nee Valenti)

AGE: 88 • Redbank

Gloria Carmel Venezia (nee Valenti), 88, Red Bank, NJ passed away on December 20th, 2016 with her family and dear friends by her side. She is survived by her son Michael J. Venezia, Jr. and his life partner, Karen Apy; daughter Regina Venezia-Walsh, son-in-law Douglas Walsh; and grandchildren: Kevin and Michaela Venezia and Douglas Patrick Walsh. She was predeceased by her parents, Carmela Arnone and Anthony Valenti.

Gloria was born in Red Bank, NJ, graduated from Red Bank High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Jersey State Teachers College. Gloria taught at St James Elementary School in Red Bank and married her loving husband in 1949. She gave up her teaching career to raise her children and then became manager of numerous entrepreneurial endeavors with her husband including the Trade Winds Motel and Marina in Sea Bright, NJ; as manufacturer of electronic components from their Red Bank based McVen Electronics Laboratory; and, more recently, as proprietor of their beloved junk shop, the Venezia Emporium. Gloria was also a globe-trotter who lived in Japan and traveled throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Her favorite trips were those to visit relatives in Italy and Sicily and her pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Gloria was an exceptionally gifted poetess and an extremely generous woman who supported many charities; an avid reader of any literature who enjoyed cooking for anyone who passed through her door. But, most importantly, she enjoyed being surrounded by her family and dear friends. She was a loving wife and mother, devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Her passions were her strong catholic faith and her democratic politics. Her strength and determination while she valiantly battled ovarian cancer and many other ailments will be remembered by all who know and love her.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Church, 41 Hurley's Lane, Lincroft, NJ. Interment will immediately follow at Woodbine Mausoleum and Cemetery, Oceanport, NJ. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital or the .
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 22, 2016
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