LIMERICK - Gloria Ann Gallant, 67, of Limerick died on August 10, 2014 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after a brief battle with cancer. She was born in the St. John River Valley area of Northern Maine on June 12, 1947 a daughter of Emilien and Augustine (Cyr) Levesque. She graduated from Madawaska High School and also attended Husson College for one year.
Gloria was a stay at home mom while her son, J.J., was young. When he got older, she worked for several years as a secretary for St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Limerick, where she was a long time member. She later worked for 15 years at Unum Insurance Company in Portland retiring as a supervisor.
After retiring from Unum, she was office manager for Dr. Adele Carroll's practice in Limerick.
She loved making jewelry in her spare time, as well as gardening and watching QVC and the Jewelry Channel. She loved a bargain and could navigate a dollar store like no other.
Gloria will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Adrian Levesque and her grand puppy Echo. Surviving are her long time companion and best friend, Warren O'Neil of Limerick. A son, J.J. Gallant of Revere, MA and his girlfriend Laura Hodgkins of Malden, MA as well as two grandkitties Nugget and Edie. She has a sister Ruth Zimba of Waterville and a brother, David Levesque, his wife Cathy of Farmingdale. She loved her five nieces and nephews: Olivia Burbank, Dawn Zimba, Paul Levesque, Adam Levesque and Anna Levesque. She also had several great nieces and nephews that she loved to spend time with.Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, August 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Watson, Neal & York Funeral Home, 71 Maple St., Cornish. A funeral Mass will be on Thursday, August 14, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, 19 Dora Lane, Limerick. Father Albert Colpitts will officiate. Burial will follow at Highland Annex Cemetery in Limerick. After the burial Gloria's family will be hosting a celebration of her life at her residence at Noon. Food and drink will be provided. People may stay as long as they wish.
In lieu of flowers, her son JJ will be accepting donations. The donations will go towards three separate charities. A memorial brick will be purchased with her name at Gosnell Memorial Hospice Facility first. All remaining donations will be split equally and distributed to a cyclist (probably will be JJ) that will be riding in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge to fund cancer research in 2015. The second half will be donated to St. Matthews Church in Limerick. Please send any donation that you wish, payable to JJ Gallant. If you prefer to donate directly to the charities mentioned you may do so by visiting their respective websites for more information.
Online condolences may be expressed at: www.wnyfuneralhome.com