Gloria Whalen, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Dec. 24, 2019 at age 93.
Gloria was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on April 20, 1926 and spent her childhood growing up with her younger sister in Hyde Park, Massachusetts.
Her favorite memories of childhood were enjoying activities at the local Hyde Park YMCA, hiking in the nearby Blue Hills and playing house with her friends in the abandoned mansions of the Great Depression era. Her most favorite memory of this time was the summers she spent at her Aunt Hazel’s farm in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where she would enjoy many outdoor activities with her cousins, including picking blueberries and making homemade ice-cream.
At the onset of World War II, Gloria, based on her high marks and placement on the honor roll, was recruited directly from high school to work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the newly developing technology of RADAR. She worked in the M.I.T. RADAR model shop assembling radios and RADAR systems that were used in the war effort.
After leaving M.I.T. at the conclusion of World War II, Gloria began a new career working at State Street Bank in Boston. There she met two of her life-long friends Edie and Virginia. They would enjoy summers at Edie’s cottage in Maine. Gloria said of all the jobs she ever had, she enjoyed working in banking the most.
Gloria also enjoyed a 30-year career in real estate. After retiring Gloria eventually settled in Coronado where she enjoyed the small town feel and close-knit community. Gloria still felt the need to have purpose in retirement and ran a small gift shop at her church to support charities to help the children of impoverished countries.
In her leisure time Gloria enjoyed several passions and activities including painting, arts and crafts, traveling, history, learning about Native American culture, and most of all, the time spent with family and friends. Gloria would often remark about how busy her social schedule was and was grateful for the wonderful friends and family she had.
During her life Gloria bravely faced many challenges to raise her three sons as a single parent. Through it all, she provided them with shining and unwavering examples of hard work, charity, honesty, friendship, compassion for others, and the value of kindness above all else.
We love you Mom and are thankful for all you have given us!
Gloria is survived by her three sons, Bob Stewart, Brian Stewart, and Chris Whalen and their families.
A memorial and celebration of her life will be held at St Paul’s Methodist Church, 700 D Avenue, on Feb. 8, 2020 at 1 p.m.
Donations in lieu of flowers are welcomed to St Paul’s United Methodist Church’s Coronado Children’s Charities in memory of Gloria Whalen. This is a cause Gloria held dear to her heart.