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Gloria Marie Raddant

March 9, 1927 January 24, 2021
Gloria Marie Raddant
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Obituary for Gloria Marie Raddant

Gloria Reynolds Raddant passed away quietly in Novi, Michigan Sunday, January 24, 2021, at the age of 93, in the company of her beloved daughter, Mia Zimmerman.

Gloria was born March 9, 1927 in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, the daughter of Gordon and Anna (Shovan) Reynolds, the oldest of three children. Her greatly loved brothers, Richard and Raymond Reynolds, proceeded her in death and no doubt, with her husband Richard, welcomed her on Sunday.

Gloria loved and doted on four children and ten grandchildren: Mark (wife LaDonna, children Paul, Samuel Luck, Kayla and Andy), Andrew (wife Amy, Children Emily, Hannah and Molly), Megan (Aja Saldana) and Mia (husband Tom Zimmerman, children Mark and Mary), along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Gloria valued education and upon graduating high school as valedictorian, put herself through Marygrove College in Detroit, graduating with honors. She was accepted for a graduate school fellowship at the University of Chicago, but married Richard Raddant instead. They started a family and moved to Broomall, Pennsylvania where they lived until 1969, when the family, now six, returned to the Detroit area, where Gloria remained.

Gloria lived a robust and active life. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and remained an active participant all her life, particularly at St. Williams Catholic Church in Walled Lake, MI, where she served as Eucharistic minister and in the Rosary Alter Society. She was involved in the Democratic party and was the first Democratic Committee woman in Delaware County, PA history. Gloria did genealogical research on her family history and discovered she was related to William Brewster, first governor of the Massachusetts Colony, upon which Gloria joined the Mayflower Society. She was a 25 year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, where she served as Chaplain of the Ezra Parker Chapter. She was also a long-term board member of the Walled Lake Library.

Gloria wrote two books in retirement, the first, “Grandmother’s Bible” about her genealogical research, and “The Play Lady”, a work based on the life of a young girl she learned of while a docent for the Milford, MI historical society, who grew up to change the way children with disabilities were treated in hospitals and in later employment.

Gloria also worked at General Bearing Corp., Wixom, MI for many years followed by another career with H & R Block as a tax preparer.

The family will always remember Reynolds family outings at Gloria’s parents’ cottage on Harsens Island, and taking jaunts around Walled Lake in Grandma’s pontoon boat.

Gloria was a vibrant, witty, vivacious, intellect. She enjoyed a glass of wine with family and charged conversations around the dinner table. Her love of creativity, expression and intellect has continued on to future generations through her loving inspiration and encouragement. She will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Contributions in her name can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society through St. Williams Catholic Church, online at : https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/MI1009/36021

May Gloria rest with her angels…..!

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