Gloria Frances Calovini, 95, of Springfield, died on July 8, 2022, at the Cedarhurst Senior Living facility.
Gloria was born on September 11, 1926, in Litchfield, Illinois, to Frank B. and Jennie V. Calovini.
Gloria received her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1947, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha at an international women’s fraternity. The next year she was in San Francisco working on a master’s degree at San Francisco State. That degree eventually led to teaching positions at Palmer School and Lowell School between 1947 and 1954. Gloria began working as a Special Education Teacher at Douglas School in 1955. In 1957, Gloria left teaching to work in the Illinois Office of Education. The last position she held before her retirement in 1987 was Director of the Direction Center, a state agency which assisted parents, families, and disabled persons in taking advantage of public and private social services available in Illinois. Gloria was also a strong supporter of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. She served on several executive committees of the IRTA to support the needs of retired teachers throughout the state.
Gloria was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Springfield. She will be remembered by her many friends as being full of energy, a good listener and conversationalist on a variety of topics, fun to be with, and possessing a quick sense of humor. She was also a life-long learner, attending educational seminars and tours sponsored for seniors. Gloria liked to shop, travel abroad, and watch Jeopardy and the Lawrence Welk Show. But Gloria’s most endearing quality was kindness to both people and animals. She took pleasure in lending a helping hand to her friends and people just down on their luck. And more than a few neighborhood stray cats learned that Gloria’s home was a place for a meal and a warm place to sleep
Gloria is preceded in death by her parents and a sister, also named Gloria Frances, who died in 1925.
A memorial ceremony will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Road, Springfield, Illinois 62702.
The family is being served by Boardman-Smith Funeral Home, 800 South Grand Avenue West, Springfield, IL.
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Published by Boardman-Smith Funeral Home on Jul. 10, 2022.