Gloria's Story

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Gloria Maria (Piazza) Fidler, of Selinsgrove, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at the age of 94 after a short illness, surrounded by her family.

She was born on June 23, 1922, in Aurora, Ill. Gloria was the daughter of the late Alfred and Louise Piazza. After Mr. Piazza's death, Louise later married Joseph Pozza (deceased).

She was a graduate of West Aurora High School in 1940. Gloria was married to Stephen Ralph Fidler (USN - SKCM E-9) on Aug. 8, 1942. Stephen was born on Dec. 12, 1914, in Aurora, Ill. as well. He passed away on Nov. 10, 1994, after 52 years of marriage. Gloria and Stephen were inseparable. Stephen spent most of his adult life in the United States Navy retiring on Aug. 3, 1966, from the USN while last stationed at the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam (receiving the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ; American Theater Award; Asiatic-Pacific Theater Award; Victory Award; Good Conduct Award ; National Defense Service Medal ; and National Reserve Medal). Gloria was preceded in death by four brothers, Eugene, Roger, Robert, and Lawrence, and one sister, Helen. All four brothers served in World War II. Two of the brothers, Lawrence and Robert, were at Pearl Harbor assigned with the USN when it was bombed by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941. Both brothers survived this day of infamy to fight another day.

Pride, duty, and country were the values that Gloria and her husband Stephen adhered to during their lifetimes. Being of a military family, Mr. and Mrs. Fidler lived in various parts of the United States during Mr. Fidler's tour of duty with the USN, including Aurora, IL; Dallas, TX; Milwaukee, WI; Oshkosh, WI; Chula Vista, CA; and Camp Hill, PA. Gloria and Stephen moved to Camp Hill, PA, in 1963. Having lived and traveled throughout the United States, they finally retired in Central PA, the state they called the most beautiful that they had encountered.

Gloria is survived by one son, Dr. Peter S. Fidler (born on Sept. 27, 1950, in Aurora, IL) and his companion Lisa K. Krex of Middleburg; one daughter, Diane L. (Fidler) Coleman, RN (born on Sept. 2, 1945, in Dallas, TX) and her husband Major Michael Craig Coleman (USAF, RET) of Henderson, NV. The Coleman's children are Kristine M. Bates and husband David; Kathleen S. Stuart; and Michael Seth Coleman and wife Stephanie. One sister-in-law, Hideko (Lawrence's wife) survives. There are eleven great-grandchildren, Christopher, Ian, Aaron, Billy, Katie, Avery, Sara, Jake, Cole, Lincoln, and Landon; four nieces, Barbara, Mary Ann, Kathy, and Linda; and six nephews, Tom, Brian, David, Richard, John, and Robbie.

The pride of Gloria and Stephen Fidler was to see their children graduate from college. Diane received her RN from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Allentown, and Peter received his bachelor of science in education degree in mathematics/speech and master of science degree in counseling from Shippensburg University and a Ph.D. in psychology/research methodology from Saint Louis University.

In 1998, Gloria moved to Selinsgrove to be closer to her beloved son Peter. Special friends helped make her move to Snyder County a smooth and delightful transition. Those befriending Gloria in Selinsgrove were: Rev. Dr. Roger Peters and his wife Eunice, Lisa Krex, Tim and Sue Belotti, Steve Snyder, Steve and Judy Gilson, Dennis and Sue Corl, Tina Mull, Mike and Cindy McCardle, Pat Barnes, Jinny Rhoads, Nancy Hostetler, Karen Campbell, Jinny Harnum, Lane and Paul Murray. Many other people supported Gloria since moving to this area, too numerous to mention.

The highlights of her week, in most recent years, was spending time at the Selinsgrove Senior Center on Tuesdays playing bingo and visiting with her friends. On Saturdays, however, going to the El Rancho Restaurant in Northumberland and having breakfast with her friends there was the occasion of the week for her. She also enjoyed going to the County Line Restaurant in Richfield and the Country Cupboard Restaurant in Lewisburg whenever she could.

Gloria always had a sense of humor and a tough resilience. While she was very quiet, she had a poignant sense of timing that made her special. Gloria was always ready to go anywhere you wanted to go, especially breakfast. In her earlier years she was a wonderful cook. Gloria's Italian heritage provided exceptional culinary delights to all, with voluminous amounts always in remain.

She played basketball on her high school team. Gloria often described herself with pride as a "tomboy" due in part to her having had four brothers to deal with while growing up in the depression era. She was a University of Notre Dame, Chicago Cub, and New York Yankee fan. Gloria enjoyed roller skating, bowling, swimming in the Fox River (Ill.), and playing pinochle/samba in her younger years. She loved to have a garden and flowers of all types. Gloria loved to go for Sunday car rides with her son to see the Susquehanna River along the Isle of Que and then into the countryside of Snyder County ... always ready to go with a moment's notice. When in younger years, Stephen and Gloria traveled to Little Rock, Ark. and Las Vegas, Nev., and to the Panama Canal to visit with their beloved daughter Diane, husband and grandchildren as Major Michael Craig was assigned there with the USAF. Gloria was a talented and skillful housewife through her entire married life, raising her son and daughter. She loved her pets including dogs, Blackie and Champ; cats, Betsy, Tiger, Smokey, and Precious; as well as a cockatiel, Susie. Gloria often said, in a kidding way, that she probably liked dogs and cats better than people. She loved animals.

Gloria was a very kind and gentle person. As a child the other children called her "Silent Night." Later in life she came out of her so called "shell", as she would enunciate her opinions on various topics at any given time. She meant no harm and cared deeply for others. Gloria will be greatly missed and loved by all that knew her. Forever and always. No matter what.

Special thanks go to: The staff of the Manor at Penn Village in Selinsgrove; the staff at Evangelical Community Hospital; the staff of Hospice at Evangelical Community Hospital; the No One Dies Alone Program of Evangelical Community Hospital; Rev. Dr. Roger Peters and wife Eunice; Rev. Dr. Dietmar Plajer of St. Paul's UCC in Selinsgrove; Rev. Daniel F.X. Powell of St. John Neumann Parish in Lancaster; and Rev. William M. Richardson of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Lewisburg.

Friends and family will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove. A memorial service to celebrate Gloria's life will take place at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Roger Peters presiding.

Interment at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery will be private with the Rev. Daniel F.X. Powell officiating.

Contributions in Gloria's name may be made to the S.P.C.A., Mostly Mutts, Haven to Homes, the Selinsgrove Senior Center, or the donor's favorite charity.
Published on October 14, 2016
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