Gloria Schmidt Mathys
1927 - 2019
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Gloria was born in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, the second daughter of Tina Doden Schmidt and William Schmidt, and was raised in an extended family of strong German women. After graduating from Kewaunee High School in 1944, she boarded a train to California, following her sister Janis who'd discovered gold in the Los Angeles WWII job market and Saturday-night dances at the Palladium. Here she reconnected with and in 1951 married another Kewaunee ex-pat, Raymond William "Bill" Mathys. They set up house in Los Angeles, moving to Wilmington after the birth of Susan, the first of five daughters. Years later Gloria would (only half jokingly) say, "If I'd known your father was going to give me five girls, I'd have run for the hills." In 1964 she actually did, when she and Ray moved up the hill to Palos Verdes, the ultimate go-outside-and-play suburb overrun with kids. Gloria was active in St. John Fisher Church and School's Guild 8, where she and Ray made lifelong friends – and for over 50 years, did they ever party! Gloria was a working woman who, after years as a medical and legal secretary, pioneered the telecommute concept by setting up a home office in which she transcribed legal depositions, work that she loved and continued to do into her late 80s. She raised her daughters to be independent career women like herself, absolutely insisting they learn shorthand and typing. And like she and Janis (who preceded her in death by seven months) she raised her girls to be best friends.

With her husband watching out for her every comfort, Gloria passed away in the home they shared for 55 years. She is survived by Ray; her daughters Susan Brown (Scott), Patti Londre (Larry), Gretchen Pelletier (Pete), Jane Allison (Mike Pichler) and Jackie Zimmerman (Steve); grandchildren Bobby Brown, Danny Brown (Asha), Kristen Allison, Sue Pelletier McFarland (David) and Charlie Pelletier; and great-grandchildren Amber Brown, and Henry and Willa McFarland. The family is so grateful to her remarkable caregivers, especially Nilda Valencia. A funeral Mass will be held at St. John Fisher Church on Saturday, August 24, at 11 AM. Gloria asked that gifts not be made in lieu of flowers; she wants the flowers.

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Published in The Beach Reporter on Aug. 28, 2019.
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