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Obituary for Gloria J. Smith (Tessitore)

On September 19, 2023, Gloria Smith left this world for a far better one. She was blessed with her dear husband David Rollo Smith of 76 years. Gloria also left loving and devoted children Susan (and her husband Gary Bariletto), Douglas Smith (predeceased by Linda Smith), Donna (and her husband Joseph Cauda), and Bonnie Smith. “Mamar” also leaves her most loving nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. God has been good.

Visitation will be at St. Denis, 90 Union Ave, Manasquan, New Jersey on Saturday, September 23 at 9:00 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am.

April 7, 1945
For living 98 years and all her talking, this was all she wrote.

Gloria was born to James Tessitore and Filomena “Minnie” Tessitore née Di Stefano on September 14, 1925. Gloria always recalled the joy and fun she had growing up with her younger sister, Ann, and her extended family in North Bergen and Staten Island.
Upon graduation from Emerson High School in Union City, Gloria worked for NBC at Rockefeller Center. When Gloria attempted to set up her cousin “Berti” with a friend, Berti insisted on bringing his best friend, Dave. It turned out that Berti never saw his date again, but Gloria and Dave ended up married for over seventy-six years.
Together, Gloria and Dave raised four children in Bergen County and spent summers on the Barnegat Bay hosting friends and relatives.
While her husband ran an engineering firm, Gloria, in addition to caring for the children, returned to school for her associate’s degree and tirelessly volunteered for the local first aid squad and her church as a Eucharistic minister, lector, CCD teacher, and with the food pantry. In fact, some say Gloria was the oldest ambulance driver east of the Mississippi.
When Gloria was out and about, she conversed with everyone; however, she especially enjoyed befriending the humblest of service workers as well as the most random of bystanders wherever she went (and even made them co-conspirators in her good-humored mischief).
Known as Mamar to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even the friends of her children, she may also have been the mayor of the community of Brandywine – or at least started a walking club, which will continue in her honor. Whether all of her sometimes incredible and always amusing tales are true or not, no one can doubt Mamar’s boundless energy or her ability to bring a smile to all.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Boys Town (, Covenant House (, Tunnels to Towers Foundation (, or your favorite charity.
Arrangments are under the care of Orender Family Home for Funerals Manasquan, NJ