June 29, 1953July 28, 2020

Gloria Jean Bowman Potteiger, 67, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, after fighting a courageous battle against lung cancer. Gloria was born in Harrisburg on June 29, 1953, to Ray F. Bowman and Lorraine C. Bowman. She grew up in Linglestown. Her favorite story about her adolescence was when she and her younger sister would skip church on Sundays and hang out at the local pharmacy drinking sodas with the offering money – until mom found out!

Gloria graduated from Central Dauphin High School and explored a number of career paths until she settled upon a resident direct support (mental health) position at Keystone Human Services. She worked there for several years before going into retirement. She was a United States history buff, particularly fascinated by the Civil War period. Her passion for the subject took her to a number of Civil War historical sites in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia and even inspired her to begin writing a historical novel. She was a great fan of Hallmark movies and westerns, as well as classic rock music. She would often be heard singing, humming, or whistling Beatles and other popular tunes in any place, including grocery stores. She also had a talent for inventing words and assigning comical nicknames to people, such as the once popular singer “Barry banana-nose”.

Gloria loved the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where the family has vacationed nearly every year since 1982. She also enjoyed cooking. The family will eternally enjoy the pasta salad and cavatini recipes among others that she introduced. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Gloria is that she remained cheerful in the face of adversity and she never held a grudge. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her younger sister Judith R. Bowman and brother-in-law George Feschuk of Harrisburg.

She is survived by her daughter Jena Potteiger Peterson; son-in-law, Jason Peterson; grandson, Wyatt Watson; her step-grandchildren, Jolie Peterson and Brandon Peterson; sister, Susan Bowman Darhower; niece, Nicole Feschuk Maturo; and nephews, George Bowman and Cristofer Feschuk, all of Harrisburg; and niece, Holly B. Keller; and nephew, Mark Anthony Darhower of Raleigh, NC. Her grandson, Wyatt was her pride and joy and her main reason for fighting cancer so bravely.

Gloria the mom, sister, aunt, grandma, and friend will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gloria’s name at The American Cancer Society.


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