June 19th, 2022
Gloria Mena, of Linwood Pa, passed away at 95 years old in the early hours of June 16, 2022. She is survived by her four daughters Frances Turner (Kenny), Carmen Duffy (Jimmy), Anna Mena (Rick), Geraldine Firlein (Jim), her eleven grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren along with her beloved nephews Manuel (Linda), John (Kathy), Pete (Valerie), Joe (Pam) as well as many great-nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in her death by her husband Gerome, her brother Manuel, sister-in-law Sally Fernandez, and two grandsons. Gloria immigrated to the United States in 1957, from Santiago de Cuba. Shortly after she met and married her husband and together they raised their four daughters. She was known in the community by many and was seen every week at Sunday Mass at Holy Savior Church in Linwood. She was an active member of the Linwood Elementary PTO while her children were young and then became an active participant in her great daughter Destiny’s education at Holy Savior St. John Fisher School. She was a proud member of the Linwood Senior Center since 1980 and enjoyed being a part of the club where she participated in their many social activities, traveling, luncheons, and friendships she made throughout the years. She enjoyed preparing meals for the club’s meetings and acting as the club’s treasurer; she was saddened when the seniors decided to close their doors for the last time last year due to declining membership. She worked at Lena’s Boutique after the passing of her husband and then worked at Moon’s Deli in Linwood for many years. She was given the nickname “Mrs. Moon” by her regular customers and Nan Nan to everyone else in the community. She was so pleased when she was recognized by customers while on vacation and that would always spark kind words and a favorite story. She loved having her family together and cooking family meals, it was well known that if you came to her house you were sure to get a great meal or a comforting dessert. She was a caregiver to all well into her early nineties and was known to babysit some of her great-grandchildren one or two days a week. She enjoyed sitting on her porch on a long summer day and saying “Hi” and engaging in a quick conversation with the many neighbors & community members that passed by her home every day. She was a fiercely independent woman all the way to the end but even on her most pain-filled days offered only kind words and respect to all who cared for her. She’s left us all with the greatest of memories and the best stories that will be told to generations to come.
Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 23rd at 11am at the Joseph A. Ward Funeral Home 1459 Market St. Linwood, PA. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 10-11am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Gloria’s name to Compassus Hospice 2 Campus Blvd. Suite 200 Newtown Square, PA 19073.