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Gloria J. Garcia, Ed.D.

AGE: 78 • Glassboro

Gloria J. Garcia, Ed.D., entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the age of 78. She was born in Perth Amboy, NJ to Noe Garcia de Jesus and Elisa Pereira Garcia. Her parents, her sister Maria Garcia and her former husband, Gerald A. Pajak all predeceased her.

A graduate of Georgian Court College, Kean University of New Jersey and Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. Dr. Garcia retired from the Perth Amboy Public Schools, where she had served as the Supervisor of the Bilingual/ESL Program. She was a past president of New Jersey Teachers of English as a Second Language/New Jersey Bilingual Educators. While living in Ocean County, she was the Coordinator of Bilingual/ESL Teacher Certification at Georgian Court University and when she moved to Gloucester County, she taught in the School of Education at Rowan University and supervised student teachers. With her friend and colleague, Dr. Maryellen McGovern Fitzpatrick, she provided English as a Second Language workshops for the New Jersey Department of Education.

She is survived by her beloved family: son Noel C. Pajak and his daughter Alyssa, of Glassboro; son Christian M. Pajak, his wife Margaret (neé Tessmer), and their sons Matthew & Andrew, all of Glassboro and her stepmother Merces Oliveira de Jesus. Gloria was blessed by having lifelong friends, Barbara & John Sousa, Janice Fech and the late Dolores Roth; also her Georgian Court friends, Dr. Sharon Hollander and Dr. Mary Emilie Steinacker. She is also survived by her godchildren Dr. Marilyn Connors, Inocencia Febles, Dr. Judy Sousa and David Sottilaro.

At Gloria's request, cremation will be private. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 10-11 AM, followed by a Funeral Mass with cremains at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, 130 Church St., Glassboro, NJ 08028 at 11:00 AM. Burial of the cremains will take place on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10 AM at St. Gertrude Cemetery, 53 Inman Ave., Colonia, NJ 07067.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The National Life Center, Inc., 686 N. Broad St., Woodbury, NJ 08096, www.nationallifecenter.com
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Published in Asbury Park Press on July 22, 2017
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