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Gloria Trongone


Gloria J. Trongone (nee Pelka), age 74 of Wayne, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017. She had lived in Wayne since 1976.

Gloria was raised in Garfield and graduated from Garfield High School in 1961. She earned her bachelor’s degree and began teaching elementary school in Garfield. Her teaching career lasted three years before she became a wife and full time mother. Then, in 1984, she decided to go back to work and found a position with the Private Industry Council of Passaic County. She started there with the summer employment program, but she loved the job so much that she began working full time. She enjoyed twenty two years at the Private Industry Council before retiring in 2006.

Gloria met her husband Robert when they were setup on a double-blind date. She went to a dance at the East Paterson High School (now Elmwood Park) with Robert and they truly hit it off. They were soon married on June 27, 1964 at St. Leo’s Church in East Paterson, and they honeymooned to Washington, D.C. They settled in Wallington briefly before moving to Clifton and then Wayne in 1976. Robert will tell you she was the “perfect” wife and if he had it all to do over again, he wouldn’t change anything. She was truly the love of his life and he will miss her dearly. Gloria was also the “perfect” mom; devoted to her family. She was an awesome hostess, throwing great parties at their home and filling the yard (and the pool!) with family and friends. Gloria was like a ‘best friend’ to so many people, willing to lend an ear, offer advice, or just be there for you no matter what. Others will recall her skill as a seamstress; hemming a dress, fixing a tear, or making something from scratch; she could simply do it all. She was also very artistic, enjoying painting and marveling at her son’s talented photographic work.

When Gloria’s daughter Beth Ann got married, Gloria made it overtly clear that she wanted to become a grandmother! When Josephine and Frankie came along, it became abundantly clear that Gloria was also the most perfect grandmother! She became their best friend and they loved spending time with her. Some of their best memories are those that included “pool time” with their grandmother, floating in Gloria’s pool. They all loved her very much and will miss her greatly.

Gloria is survived by her devoted husband Robert of Wayne, two children; Beth Ann Russo and her husband Frank of Pompton Lakes, and Robert, Jr., her two beloved grandchildren; Josephine and Frankie Russo of Pompton Lakes, her brother; Richard Pelka and his wife Margo of Downsville, NY, and many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Peter Pelka in 1966.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 3-6 PM.

In lieu of flowers donations to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Rd, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910,

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My heart is broken with the loss of my dear cousin Gloria.

Sue Columbus


My sincere sympathy to the family. Gloria and I went to high school together and also lived in the same court in Wallington. I have nothing but good memories of her and am sure she will be truly missed. Always, Dolores

Dolores (Chopo) Imbruglia


Such a loss. She was, by all accounts, a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother attending every birthday, recital, graduation, etc. She seemed like a really amazing woman. My heart goes out to her family. I know how much she will be missed.

Elizabeth Barbera


Bob, Beth, and Rob..,,,I am so sorry to hear of Gloria's passing. What a beautiful tribute. Charlie and I had many fun filled days in your home and pool. I pray your many memories of good times will bring you some confort. Jane Evans

Jane Evans


so thankful for the many years of fun, travel, family, tears an laughter. Rest in peace my friend. Your memory will be eternal!

Dolly Zenkert


Bob and family, sorry for your loss cousin Dennis

Dennis matzkanin

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