Gloria J. Matias, age 71, entered peacefully into rest surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday (October 10, 2018).
Calling hours will be held on Sunday (October 14, 2018) from 2 to 5 p.m. at Young Funeral Home, Williamson, N.Y. A funeral service will be held on Monday (October 15, 2018) at 10 a.m. at the Park Presbyterian Church, Newark, N.Y. followed by burial in East Newark Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be directed to Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes.
Gloria was passionate for the rights for all human beings. She was a warrior and fighter for those who didn’t feel they had a voice. She was an advocate for not only her own children but for youth, women and those deserving protection and justice. Gloria and her husband opened their home to 29 foster children and other friends throughout the years. Her work included the Victim’s Resource Center, Newark Central School Board, and her churches, Park Presbyterian Church and the Ovid Federated Church.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 47 years, Charlie; adored children Nick (Holley), Pete (Kate Feiock), Joe (Becky) Matias, Krystal Jensen, Gillian (Johnny) Gamble and Kevin Pirwitz; grandchildren Shakym, Nyjeek, and Aaliyah Jade Matias, Jazmine and Blake Jensen, Madsyn and Kadyn Gamble, and Danielle Gray; sister, Linda (Roger) Hoffman; sister-in-law, Dorothy Ehrhardt; several brothers and sisters-in-law from PR and Fla.; nephews Michael Ehrhardt, Scott and Lance Hoffman; many extended family member and friends.
Predeceased by parents Raymond and Nina Lanse Ehrhardt; brother, Gary Ehrhardt.