Obituary of Gloria Weingartner
Gloria Ann Weingartner (Roberti), 88, passed away peacefully in Glastonbury, CT on May 1, 2021. Born on March 18, 1933 to the late Albert and Mary (Salvatore) Roberti in Springfield, MA. She grew up on Newland Street in Springfield, where they had chickens and a goat, and their family lived all around them. She attended Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA. After high school, Gloria worked for seven years at Sears & Roebuck, after which, she used her profit sharing money to put herself through college. She graduated from Westfield State Teacher’s College in 1961. Upon graduation from university, she married the love of her life, Robert Weingartner, “Lefty” on June 24, 1961. After one year of teaching, Gloria stayed home to raise her family. Together they had 3 children and moved from East Hartford to Glastonbury in 1975, where they would live for the next 45 years in an idyllic, natural setting next to Roaring Brook. They would be married for 59 wonderful years. Gloria was an avid tennis player and played at the East Hartford Racquet Club and then the Manchester Racquet Club well into her 70’s. Besides raising her family, Gloria was an honored volunteer who spent over 20 years in the service of Manchester Memorial Hospital working at the Penny Saver Thrift Shop, a volunteer position that she loved, as well as being a loyal volunteer for the CT CFIDS Association and a member of the St. Augustine’s Parish Ladies Guild. She was well known in her corner of Glastonbury for her everyday commitment to walking, sometimes up to 8 miles each day. Gloria was an amateur artist, but a great art admirer. She continually marveled at the works of well known artists of the present and the past. Gloria and Robert traveled extensively, frequenting Las Vegas, San Diego and the North Carolina coast, but they didn’t stop there. Together they walked across England, and visited all manner of far flung locales, including the Great Wall of China, and the Pyramids of Giza, Petra, Morocco and the Panama Canal as well as multiple trips to Italy, and throughout Europe. She loved all these trips and treasured traveling with her husband. Late in life, she and Robert would travel a new “trail” as they liked to call it, driving daily around East Glastonbury and Diamond Lake, visiting folks they knew along the way. In her personal writings, she described her life as “complete” having had her health, a loving family and the opportunity to travel and enjoy her grandchildren. Gloria is survived by her sons Eric (and his wife Yuko) and John, her daughter Kristin (and her husband Dean) as well as her sister Marie Saracino of Agawam, MA. She leaves behind her three precious grandchildren, Kyle Weingartner of Kyoto, Japan, Jeremy Bourbeau of Portland, CT and Jesse Bourbeau of Glastonbury, CT. She was predeceased by her husband Robert and her sister Joyce (Roberti) Lucier. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 10:00 am at Ss. Isidore and Maria Parish at St. Augustine Church, 55 Hopewell Rd., South Glastonbury. Burial will be in St. Augustine Cemetery. A celebration of life will be planned for a future date. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to get an email announcing that event. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Gloria’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association to fund care, support and research, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or “act.alz.org". In her memory, if you qualify, please be sure and check with a local insurance representative to ensure you or your parents have adequate medicare coverage for hospital/nursing home stays and that your living will states all your health wishes.