Gloria's Story

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Gloria Ann Romard Velotti, 83, formerly of Brookfield, Conn., for 34 years, and of Mifflinburg since 1995, passed peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Heritage Springs Memory Care, Lewisburg, where she had been a resident for the past year and a half. During her stay at Heritage Springs, she made quite an impression on whoever came in contact with her and the staff and volunteers immediately accepted and cared for her as family.
She was born Jan. 1, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late Joseph Arthur and Mary Mae (Teehan) Romard. On April 21, 1955, she married Emil T. "Vito" Velotti, who preceded her in death on March 2, 2015.

Gloria lived a very full and adventurous life. She traveled the world with her father and sister, including attending school in Japan, visiting Holland and Italy and spending summers in Saudi Arabia. Gloria lived in Vermont and graduated from Bishop DeGoesbriand Hospital School of Nursing, Burlington, Vt.
She worked at Fairfield Hills Hospital in Newtown, Conn., where she started as a psychiatric registered nurse and worked her way up to a supervisor and then to Director of Nursing, all while attending school to achieve her bachelor of science at Post College in Connecticut, and also her masters of public administration from the University of New Haven, Conn. Gloria received many awards for her excellence in managerial performance. Gloria enjoyed what she did and always found ways to improve the quality of care for the people who received services in the Geriatric, Continued Treatment and Acute Services. Gloria retired as a Mental Health Director of Fairfield Hills Hospital, after 34 years of service. After retirement, Gloria went on to do consultant work for the State, until she, and her husband Vito decided to relocate to Mifflinburg, where her daughter and family lived.
Gloria was an avid golfer and a member of Bucknell Golf Course, Lewisburg, where she was active on the Ladies Association. Gloria enjoyed working out and walking and was a member of Evangelical Fitness Center. Gloria enjoyed cooking, gardening, swimming, sewing, needlework, working on her computer, reading, and a UConn Huskies Woman's Basketball fan, also enjoyed watching golf and football. Gloria enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her twin sons, Louis Velotti, of Woodbury, Conn., and Joseph Velotti, of Newtown, Conn.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria and Richard Brant, of Mifflinburg, and Lucy (Lucrezia) and Al Brant, of New Milford, Conn.; six grandchildren, James, Tom, Kyle, Samantha, Alicia and Eric; two great-granddaughters, Piper and Emilia; one half sister, Marge Bouton, of New Milford, Conn.; and step sisters, Carolyn Horvath, of Delaware, and Patty Smith, of Washington.
In addition to her husband of 60 years, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Kozak.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Center Cemetery, Poplar Street, New Milford, Conn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Hospice of Evangelical, 235 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837.??

Funeral arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg.
Leave your condolences online at www.rouppfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 8, 2017
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