Gladys Giarratano
Saturday
10
April

Visitation at Funeral Home

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, April 10, 2021
FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home
17 S. Delaware Avenue
Yardley, Pennsylvania, United States
Saturday
10
April

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Saturday, April 10, 2021
FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home
17 S. Delaware Ave.
Yardley, Pennsylvania, United States
Saturday
10
April

Final Resting Place

12:00 pm
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Thompson Memorial Cemetery
1680 Aquetong Road
New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States

Obituary of Gladys P. Giarratano

Gladys Giarratano (1929-2021) Gladys Giarratano of Devon, PA, loving and devoted mother and friend to all whose lives she touched, passed away in her sleep after a brief battle with pneumonia on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Floral Creek Special Care Center in Yardley, PA. She was 91 years old. Glady was born on July 16, 1929 to the late Emerald and Mareta (Brock) Peterson. Raised on a dairy farm in Marshalltown, IA, Glady and her identical twin sister Millie used to play pranks on their older sister Ellen and younger brother Bob. One of her favorite pastimes throughout life was reminiscing about growing up on the farm with all their beloved animals, especially her pony Flossy and their border collie Buster, who she always fondly recalled would help her father round up the cows. Glady attended the University of Iowa, where she earned her education degree and became a home economics teacher. There she also met her dashing husband Nino, a recently returned decorated Navy Lieutenant who piloted over 25 combat missions in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After getting married, they moved to the New York City suburbs before eventually relocating and settling in Devon, PA. First and foremost, she was a devoted wife and mother who excelled at making the most warm and happy home life for Nino and their four children. With dozens of siblings and cousins spread across the country, Glady always made family a priority, and many of the family's most cherished memories involve cross-country treks for boisterous gatherings with many branches of the family tree at once. Along with horseback riding, she thoroughly enjoyed swimming and skiing. She and Nino also traveled extensively prior to his passing in 1996. In her later years, Glady proudly fulfilled her role as matriarch, always looking forward to Thursday night dinners with her kids and grandkids. In her leisure time, she enjoyed shopping and antiquing, thumbing through cookbooks and magazines, and of course the QVC channel. While she admittedly never enjoyed housework, she absolutely loved to cook and sew – and her homemade pies (with crusts made from scratch) were legendary. She loved all jewelry, but pearls were her favorite. Most of all, she loved her family, and she will be dearly missed and forever in their hearts. She is survived by her four loving children: Michael (& Yoko), Toni (& Robert), Jennifer (& Irv), and Peter (& Michele); her eight wonderful grandchildren: Kirsten, Andrew, Laurie, Matthew, Alexander, Kevin, Benjamin, and Jacob; her seven adorable great-grandchildren: Alana, Shea, Tyler, Logan, Cameron, Lia, and Dylan; her brother Robert Peterson; and many adored in-laws, nieces, and nephews. Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 10-11am on Saturday, April 10th at the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue, Yardley, PA, 19067. A small private family service will be held at 11:00am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church in New Hope, PA. For those near and far who would like to attend the memorial, the service will be live streamed via Event Live by following the link https://evt.live/gladys In lieu of flowers, donations in Glady's honor can be made to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund at https://curealz.org/outreach/in-memory/gladys-giarratano/
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