Gloria (Naclerio) Stoesser Herrick died on January 23, 2020. She was born in New York City December 27, 1920 to the late Pascal and Julia (Forte) Naclerio. She spent most of her life in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, before moving to Columbia, Maryland, in 1991.
Gloria was predeceased by her two husbands, Edward J. Stoesser and Thomas A. Herrick. She was also predeceased by her sons, Robert E. Stoesser, Peter J. Stoesser, and Edward A. Stoesser her great grandson, Andrew J. Kotz.as well as her three siblings: Amedeo Naclerio, Dora Purdy, and Peter Naclerio. She is survived by her daughters, Jean Spindler (Henry) and Anne M. Coles (Laurence); seven grandchildren - Laura Munns (Thomas), Carolyn Kotz (Peter), Edward Stoesser (Lauren), Eva Fewster (Robert), Harmony Centrello (James), Amy Alton (Robert), and Daniel Coles and partner Jennifer Kelley. She is also survived by 17 great grandchildren: Ethan, Alec, Eliza, and Aidan Munns; Emilie, Ian, and Peter John Kotz; Maximus and Lillian Stoesser, Justice, Skyler, Harmony, Autumn, Jagger, Jameson, and Jace Centrello, and Oscar Coles.
Surviving stepchildren are: Maureen Luiszer (Jack), Thomas Herrick, Debra Kalitan, and Steven Herrick (Shannon); many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
Gloria was the matriarch of a large and close family. She was a loving and intelligent woman with a wonderful sense of humor. Her family appreciated her affectionate interest in their lives and her forthright advice when she felt it was needed. They all gathered recently to celebrate her 99th birthday.
Gloria graduated from Rutherford (NJ) High School and attended secretarial school in New York City where she worked for the secretarial school from which she had graduated. After marrying at almost 19, she continued to work until she and her husband Ed started their family of five children. Their home was full of fun, laughter, and good food. Her husband’s brother, Robbie, a bachelor and local schoolteacher also lived with them. It was always a favorite hangout of friends and extended family. Ed traveled for his job, and Gloria became a jack-of-all-trades able to do repairs, wire lamps, etc. She found time to be president of the local PTA, volunteer for the Red Cross drives, work for the Epilepsy Foundation, etc.
Gloria was widowed at 48 when her husband died of a heart attack. With young children still at home, she returned to the work force to support them. She worked as the office manager in a doctor’s office while she cared for her youngest son who was disabled in an auto accident.
In 1991, she, her second husband, Tom, and her son, Ed, moved to Columbia, MD, to be near her daughter, Jean and her family; and her son, Robert, and his family. They lived in the Village of Hickory Ridge until she was again widowed and Eddie became quite ill. They then moved in with daughter, Jean. Eddie died in 2012. Gloria remained there until her death.
Gloria’s strength, both physical and emotional, has been an inspiration to all who knew her. Her daughters often hear from friends and acquaintances that she was the best person they ever knew. She had two mottos: “The measure of a person is their ability to be kind;” and “We were put on this earth to take care of one another.”
Friends may call Monday January 27th from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Slack Funeral Home, P.A., 3871 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043 Graveside services will be held Monday January 27th at 1 p.m. at Columbia Memorial Park, 12005 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions make be directed in Ms. Herrick's name to Doctors Without Borders ( www.doctorswithoutborders.org ) or to the Southern Poverty Law Center ( splcenter.org )