Gloria R. Charamella

April 21, 1931July 13, 2021

Gloria R. Charamella passed away July 13, 2021. Gloria was born in 1931 and was raised in Philadelphia. Most recently, she lived in Springfield, Delaware County, PA. Gloria was pre-deceased by her husband, Rudy Charamella, who passed away in 1999. The daughter of immigrants, Gloria pursued a career teaching piano as a student at John Bartram High School. She took buses and trolleys to teach students in their homes. Later, Gloria taught piano at Waldon Mercy Academy. Although she did not look at it this way, Gloria was ahead of her time when in the 1970s, she and her husband bought and operated a gas station and garage. Gloria will be remembered in Overbrook for managing the day-to-day operations of the station long before women took on those roles. Her objective was always to do whatever was necessary to get any job done, whether that meant getting her hands dirty at the pump or by playing Gershwin, Beethoven or Chopin on an ivory keyboard.

Following the sale of the gas station, Gloria found work as an Administrative Assistant until she retired at 68 years of age. All the while, her primary focus was on her family. Her children learned from their mother that consistent, focused, hard work is the only way to live well. To this day, friends and associates remember Gloria for her helping hands and emotional strength.

Gloria is survived by her children: Joanne, Angela (and Bud Drago), Stephen (and Rebecca Grausam-Charamella), and by her nephew, Philip (and Kathy) Charamella, and her nieces, the late Cheryl (and Franco Furfaro) and Maureen (and the late Mark) Charamella. She was Nana to Deborah and Jim McLaughlin and their children; Deirdre; Mark; Alison; Rachel; Dennis and Luke. Gloria is also survived by her brother, Bob (and Kathy) DiRocco and was Auntie to numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be celebrated on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2130 Franklin Avenue, Morton, PA 19070. The family will greet visitors at OLPH Church beginning at 10am. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am. A celebratory luncheon will begin immediately after Mass at Anthony’s Ristorante (formerly The Porch at The Historic Lamb Tavern) at 865 West Springfield Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Burial will be private for the immediate family.

The family would appreciate contributions to either the Alzheimer’s Association or to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. Follow this link to contribute online to the Alzheimer’s Association:, or by check to Alzheimer’s Association, Home Office, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Alternatively, contributions may be made online to IRSF by following this link:, or by check to IRSF, 4600 Devitt Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45246.


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Georgette lombardi

July 24, 2021

Gloria was someone who loved her family fiercely, and no one more than her Deirdre. I will always remember her coming upstairs to check on Deir and to see who was taking care of her and especially to make sure we were all doing whatever Deir might need. Once she was satisfied that all was good she would settle in to watch whatever was on the tv with us, and of course it would most likely be Annie. It will always be heartwarming for me to remember all of us together.

Karen and Joe Vincent

July 21, 2021

We loved Gloria very much and her zest for life! She always had so many stories to share. It was always a pleasure to spend time with Gloria!

Peg (Maletteri) ODonnell

July 17, 2021

Gloria was always a wonderful, loving friend to me her caring helped me through many difficult times in my life. She was all about family and lived life to the fullest. Years ago we shared a great trip to Portugal and I will always remember her smile and laugh. So glad to have known her she enriched the lives of all who knew her.


July 15, 2021

My sincere condolences to Gloria's family. I always enjoyed the times with Gloria and Rudy when I would attend a Charamella family function. She was truly a nice lady! RIP Gloria.

Dave Cunningham