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Doris L. Glowa


Doris L. Glowa (nee Lucas), 87 of Wayne, died peacefully on Thursday, July 19, 2017 at the Christian Healthcare Center in Wykcoff. She had lived in Wayne since 1972.

Doris was raised in East Paterson, now known as Elmwood Park, and she graduated from Lodi High School with the class of 1948. She worked for the Felsway Corporation in Totowa from the 1970’s and into the 1990’s before retiring.

Just one year after high school, Doris met John Glowa at her cousin Irene’s wedding; Doris was Maid of Honor and John was the Best Man. They hit it off and John invited her out on a date. Doris accepted but thought it was a bit odd that John scheduled their date for three weeks later! She eventually learned that John had been saving up his money during those weeks so that he’d be able to take Doris wherever she wanted to go. Lucky for John, she was content to simply go for ice cream, and one year later they married. After exchanging vows at St. Anne’s Church in Fair Lawn, they embarked on a cross country honeymoon to visit Doris’ childhood friend, Sonia Hill, who had moved to Phoenix, Arizona some years earlier. Doris and John loved the American Southwest and made the road trip several times to visit Sonia and the rest of the Hill family. Doris loved to travel and she was a bit of a history buff as well, so their trips were often planned with historical destinations in mind. Doris had a vast knowledge of history and she knew all sorts of trivia. She certainly took advantage of the public library and spent a great deal of time there. She also had a fantastic sense of humor and loved a good joke. She loved to watch movies and her ‘movie knowledge’ was astounding! She knew all the stars, their filmography, awards, and even what some of them were up to in their personal lives. She had a particular liking of Timothy Dalton, who had played James Bond at one point in his career. When she discovered the “Timothy Dalton Fan Club,” she could not resist the temptation to join. It became a sort of social activity for her, corresponding with other members of the club, sharing trivia, making friends, and generally having fun.

When John became ill, Doris took great care of him. She was a devoted wife and did everything she could for her beloved John. He passed in 2003 after fifty three years of marriage and Doris missed him dearly.

Doris is survived by her two beloved daughters; Andrea Galazzo and her husband Joseph of Wayne, and Patricia Pignatello and her husband Paul of Wayne, granddaughter Allison Pignatello of Wayne, a step-grandson Joseph Galazzo and his wife Rachel of Hoboken, her cousin and godson; Jeff Lipesky and his wife Clorinda of Flanders, NJ, and of course her dearest, lifelong friend; Sonia Hill of Phoenix, Arizona. She was predeceased by her beloved husband John in 2003.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, July 25 from the funeral home, then to Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Wayne, where at 10:30AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Saddle Brook, NJ.

Friends wishing to make a donation in Doris’ name should consider the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey, 3 Eves Drive, Suite 310, Marlton, NJ 08053,

Guest Book


We were saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry we are. You and your family our in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers. Love, Jerry and Marie

Jerry and Marie Mathes


Sincere and heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear sweet Mother! I have such fond of memories of her...she loved a good conversation and to laugh...she loved to laugh! She had a cute glimmer in her eyes always! Peace and comfort as you all mourn her loss...will be praying for all of you! Much love, Doreen xoxo

Doreen A. Guastini


Sending prayers and sympathy in the loss of your mom. I met her a few times and i did see the twinkle in her eye and sense of humor. She will live on in the memories of her. May God bless your family at this time.

Diana Fitter


We had many good times together with John and Doris over the years including a sweater business Her laughter was contagious especially when they stayed over our house and the bed they were sleeping in broke. She loved reading letters from my aunt who was a missionary nun in China. wonderful memories of wonderful friends. Love Fran & Bob Bautz

Fran and Bob Bautz


So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Doris was a sweetheart of a person. I loved her sense of humor. She always made me laugh. When Doris would visit Phoenix, I remember her and my mom would always stay up late sharing stories and laughing all the time. My mom was so fortunate to have a life long best friend like Doris! Love, Bobby Hill

Bobby Hill


Doris was someone we cared about and someone we will always remember with a smile. You can surely see the loving nature of Doris through her daughter's. Love to Andrea, Patty and the entire family, from Tanya in the desert.

Tanya Halford


Doris was my best friend. We shared in each other's happiness, in our deepest secrets, and in our fondest dreams. When we were young, her dad would always take us both to the movies. We sang together all the popular songs, we thought we were the talk of the town, we were only 10 years old. Doris had such a pretty voice. We all loved when Doris and John would come out to Arizona. Canyon De Chelly was one of her favorite sites. She sure loved the southwest. I'm so proud of Andrea and Patty for the loving care they showed their mother. With all my love, your friend, Sonia.

Sonia Hill


We are deeply saddened by your loss. Dorris was a warm and kind person full of laughter. I always looked forward to when Dorris and John would come visit my mom. During their stays my mom and Dorris would be up all night laughing and sharing stories of their childhood that would make me laugh as well. It was always sad when their visits were over, to see my mom come down from that emotional high. I am so thankful that my mom had such a kind, humorous, heartwarming person as her best friend. She will be deeply missed. Love Darren

Darren Hill


Being around my grandmother a majority of my life, I grew to know Dorris and John very well. I remember waiting for my grandmother after school and being excited to see both Dorris and her holding hands on their way to walk me home. When Dorris and John would visit, the Hill household was filled with laughter. These two ladies really knew how to light up a room, I remember watching an old workout video of them both in the front yard to prepare my grandmother for her visit to New Jersey. To this day it is the funniest video my grandmother owns. Through the years, our visits started to lessen but my grandma and Dorris never stopped talking. Stories of them both remained strong, just like their friendship. Thank you Dorris for all you have brought to our family and most importantly, being a great friend to my grandmother. Love, Steven Hill

Steven Hill

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