Obituary: Marion “Gloria” Lopez
Our loving mother & friend, Marion “Gloria” (Amoroso) Lopez, 82, went to be with her Lord on March 7th 2015 in Truckee, Ca. She passed peacefully while being held & surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parent’s brother Peter Amoroso, Brother in law Barney Schlaff, step Dad Eldred Magner & sister Clarice Lorenzo.
Gloria was born in San Francisco July 6th 1932 to Clarence Joseph Amoroso and Julia May (Martin) Amoroso. She was born the third child born. She had three sisters and two brothers.
In 1948 at the age of 16, Gloria left home. She worked at a local creamery and put her self through high school. She graduated from Balboa High School in San Francisco the year of 1950. She married Navy man Manual J. Lopez in 1951 in Yuma Az. To this union she had four children Curtis Lopez (Anne) of Oregon, Timothy Lopez (Sue) of Oregon, Jeffery Lopez (Seri) of Oregon and Peggy (Lopez) Evanoika (Steven) of Truckee, Ca.
She worked at Western Union in San Jose, Ca. as a telephone operator. She was on the local news station singing Happy Birthday to a grateful customer all the while teaching Sunday school at Valley Church in Cupertino, Ca. She accepted Jesus Christ as her savior at Valley Church. Because of her steadfast love for Jesus, and her commitment to her family, all her children call Jesus their Lord.
In 1972 she moved to Truckee, Ca. having worked for at the local A & W and later Tahoe Forest Hospital as Business Office Supervisor until her retirement. During her time at Tahoe Forest, she was a faithful Sunday School Teacher at Calvary Chapel of Truckee. She taught second and third grade boys and girls. She hardly missed a Sunday in her 30 plus years. She thoroughly enjoyed her Sunday school kids and they loved seeing her every week.
Gloria’s greatest joy was her children. Anyone who knew Gloria could tell how supportive and giving she was. When she would visit, she always brought some kind of goody, took us to the grocery store or paid a bill for us. She wanted to make sure we had food and our bills were paid. She listened tirelessly to her children pour out their hearts seeking some solace from her. She never disappointed.
Her grandchildren also lit up her face. She remembered Easter Baskets and hidden Easter Eggs, Christmas, Birthdays and anything else she could think of to let them know she was thinking of them.
She loved to sew. Along with working full time, she sewed her children’s clothes. Boy’s shirt & her daughter’s dresses-always and inch above the knee, no higher. She loved to do Needlepoint, Crochet and Knit. She was excited to make something that she could give away to a very thankful person.
She attended numerous Basketball games, Softball games, Volleyball games and Field Hockey games. She was our Fan of the Year.
She enjoyed bowling with her daughter in many leagues, regional, state and national tournaments. I think she loved the traveling more than bowling. She was the best bowling partner.
She loved flowers and her dream was to own a flower shop. You would find her planting so many flowers like Pansies, Sweet Williams, Tulips and Daffodils.
She is survived by her Sister Jackie Schlaff, Jeanne McGuigan (Chuck) Brother Marty Magner (Elaine) sister in Law Joan Amoroso, her children, Grandchildren Curtis M. Lopez (Whitney) of Oregon, Rebecca Bozarth (Brian) of North Carolina, Sara Lester (Dallas) of Oklahoma, April Lopez of Oregon, Peter Lopez (Casey) Oregon and great grandchildren numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at The Fellowship Community Church in Truckee, Ca. on Deerfield Dr., and Saturday March 21st 2015 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, Tahoe Forest E.C.C. or Tahoe Forest Hospice.