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Gloria J. Frankel

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April 15, 1940 - Oct. 6, 2007
SOUTH BEND - Gloria Frankel was born to Mary (Dolly) Sibert in Columbus, Ohio April 15, 1940. She resided in the Michiana area her entire life. Gloria was a well-respected hard-working woman having many careers in her lifetime, including driving cab and owning a janitorial service. In 1974, she opened the Seahorse Cabaret. Gloria was the first club owner to challenge the City of South Bend, for approval of same sex dancing. She was a grassroots motivator for gay and lesbian rights. Gloria was recognized by the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, for 20 years of dedicated service to the gay and lesbian community in 1997. She was a staunch advocate and supporter of the AIDS Ministries since its inception. Gloria was a very wise, intelligent business woman, but mostly she was a friend to all who needed her. She never hesitated to help others with her strength, wisdom or humor. Gloria lived and ended her life HER WAY! Gloria's slant on life was, "Remember the good times for they far outnumber the bad". The community will certainly miss her. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary (Dolly) Sibert and her companion, Miss Karen Beck. Gloria is survived by her companion, business partner and most trusted friend, Michael Quinn; and by her friend and caregiver, Sherrie Thrasher, and her beloved dog, Sadie. Visitation will be held at Zahoran Funeral Home today from 4 to 8 p.m. Friends are welcome to join us for a celebration of Gloria's life at the Seahorse/Club 1902 immediately following the visitation. Donations may be made to the AIDS Ministries in Gloria's name.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Oct. 9, 2007
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