Sister Gloria DeCotis CSJ
1927 - 2020
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Sister Gloria DeCotis, CSJ December 22, 2020 Sister Gloria DeCotis, CSJ (Sister Joseph Anthony), of Latham, 93, died on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at St. Joseph's Provincial House in Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 74 years. Sister Gloria was born in Troy on June 5, 1927, a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Carchia DeCotis. After graduating from Catholic Central High School, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy on March 19, 1946, and professed final vows on August 15, 1951. Sister Gloria received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from The College of Saint Rose and a master's degree in home economics education from SUNY at Plattsburgh. For 23 years, she taught elementary grades and home economics and math in secondary schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. In 1971, she began serving in social ministry and neighborhood outreach ministry in Syracuse at St. John the Evangelist Parish, the Northeast Hawley Development Center, and St. Vincent de Paul Parish. In 2012, Sister Gloria retired to St. Joseph's Provincial House where she volunteered in the Carondelet Hospitality Center, greeting guests with warmth and acceptance. In 2012 when Sister Gloria had made retirement plans to move from Syracuse to St. Joseph's Provincial House, friends were holding a farewell party at the old St. Vincent's School, certain words describing Sister Gloria were repeated over and over again: "irreplaceable," "unconditional love," "our biggest advocate," "authentic love for Christ, especially in caring for the broken and the fragile," "making sure no one is ever locked out," and "strength built upon her utter humility." Wherever Sister Gloria went, she brought her deep commitment to and passion for the Gospel message and her call to act for the sake of justice. In the classroom, in her social ministry and in her neighborhood outreach work, Sister Gloria brought "the active and inclusive love" to which the Sisters of St. Joseph are called. At meetings, through letters to the editor, in her interactions with clients and guests, she addressed racism, violence against women, human trafficking and the need for a consistently pro-life and non-violent culture. Throughout her daily life, Sister Gloria was keenly grounded in the reality of God's Word. She leaves us a legacy of determination in bringing God's unifying love to a world in need, and we will miss her greatly. Sister Gloria is survived by her sister-in-law, Shirley DeCotis; several nieces and nephews and their families; many friends; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, Sister Gloria was predeceased by her brothers, John (her twin) and Frank DeCotis; and her sisters, Louise DeCotis, Mary DeCotis, Molly Burnside and Rose Smith. Due to the continued health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public funeral services for Sister Gloria at this time. A memorial Mass will be scheduled at a later date. Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits
Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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9 entries
January 10, 2021
Sr. Gloria was small in stature however, her gift of outreach ministry was immense. She impacted the lives of many in our community and was always there for anyone who asked for assistance. Her work with refugees was her passion and she truly was an inspiration to others. She was always wore a beautiful smile and was compassionate. May Sr. Gloria enjoy her heavenly rewards as she certainly is deserving. With sympathy,
Annette Krisak
ANNETTE KRISAK
Acquaintance
January 9, 2021
I lived across the street from Saint Vincents kind that and sister Gloria became a wonderful friend and confidant. I was so sad when she retired, and I wish I could have gone to see her one more time. My heart is with all of her friends and her family. I’m sure God will welcome her into heaven with open arms. She is so deserving!
Betsy Goudy
Friend
January 9, 2021
Sister Gloria who was known as Sister Joseph Anthony when I was in her 7th grade class at St Vincent’s and she was by far my favorite nun at the school. She was kind and caring of her students and was loved by all. Mike Collins (class of 1959)
Mike Collins
Student
January 8, 2021
I never knew Sr. Gloria personally. My sister Sr. Marionella always spoke so highly of her and respected all the great work that she did.
RIP Sister.

Pat & Carol Marra
Carol & Pat Marra
December 28, 2020
Sister Gloria was truly the "Mother Teresa" of the Northeast side of Syracuse! She was also a co-founder of Vera House in Syracuse.
Sister Maureen D'Onofrio
December 28, 2020
I am so saddened by Sister Gloria's passing. She was the sweetest person I have ever met. RIP! Love always
Midge Sawyer
December 27, 2020
I remember being in church at saint vincent de paul church and she would have a camera in her hands taking pictures . Sister Gloria was always full of joy as well. May she fly high with the angles of god rip sister Gloria you will be missed.
Kim Mann
December 27, 2020
To Sister Gloria's Family I am very saddened to hear she has gone HOME to Heaven. I'm a parishioner of Saint Vincent DePaul church. I've known Sister Gloria many years before her retirement. She would be taking picture's at our many events I tried to take over as the photographer. She will be very much missed by me and ALL WHO knew and loved her. My most deepest condolences to her Family. She'll be in my Prayers and will never be Forgotten.
Maria L Conti
December 27, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Staff of Wm. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc
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