Gloria Jean Noltze, 63, of Tucson, Ariz., passed away at her home on Sept. 2 with her family by her side after a year-long fight with cancer.
Gloria was born in Port Washington, Wis., Nov. 6, 1948, to LeRoy and Gloria Ann Noltze of Grafton, Wis.
Most friends and family knew Gloria as "Jeannie" and recall that she was actively involved in caring for her younger siblings from a very young age. She was an excellent seamstress who made clothes for herself and her siblings. Gloria famously taught herself the practice of crocheting, knitting, and the lost art of tatting. Board games and sheepshead were also favorite pastimes of Gloria's. As a young girl, Gloria was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church where she was confirmed in 1962.
After graduating from Grafton High School in 1966, Gloria quickly found employment as a secretary in the Port Washington area. Independence and self-reliance were two virtues that Gloria had an abundance of. As a young adult, she created a life for herself in Florida that she reflected upon fondly later in life.
Gloria had a passion for reading and was known to read several books a week. Her sharp insight often enabled her to accurately predict the ending of movies and guess what her gifts were before unwrapping them on Christmas Day.
Gloria's thorough attention to detail and penchant for etiquette led her to successful work in sales both at Sears Auto Center in Sheboygan, Wis., and more recently at Lazia Native Arts in Tucson. Gloria, a proud mother of four boys, had often stated that raising her boys was her greatest achievement. Her lifelong love for dogs and passion for traveling to new places were shared and passed on to her children.
Gloria was preceded in death by her mother, Gloria Ann Noltze, and her father, LeRoy Noltze.
She is survived by her sons, Stephen Zimmer, Matthew Nelson, Curtis Nelson, and Dennis Nelson; her sisters, Kathy, Barb, Margie, Ellen, Suzan; and her brothers, Jeff and Marv.
A graveside service will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Lakefield Cemetery in Grafton. Following the service, a remembrance will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1193 Lakefield Rd., Grafton.
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