Gloria was the best example of a mom, the epitome of motherhood. She was our hero and a mother to all, as her door was always open to everyone. She was warm, loving, and big-hearted. She loved to cook, sing, travel, go to the movies, and shop. She would spend hours and hours shopping for everyone, except herself. Being very family oriented, our gatherings meant the world to her. As the matriarch of the family she began a Thanksgiving dinner tradition that has continued for twenty years. As a family, we will continue this tradition, advocating, listening and counseling one another.
She was a God fearing woman and preaching came naturally to her. Gloria gave and experienced more miracles than anyone we know. She carried on without complaining.
If she had one flaw it was that her delicious cooking made us fat and possibly caused us to be diabetics. Even with that being said we loved her as she was everyone’s best friend.
It’s difficult to put into words that will adequately describe Gloria. One thing for sure she was our safe place. She is loved and will be deeply missed.
Survivors include her children, Julie Balero Hernandez and husband, Tomas; Perfecto Grimaldo Jr. and wife, Melissa; Rebecca, Ernest, Ramiro, and Regina Marie Grimaldo; Yesenia Grimaldo-Castillo and husband, Matthew; Adam Grimaldo and wife, Nicole; mother, Lucinda Vidales; 35 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; brothers Pete (Donna) and Joe Vidales; and sisters, Erminia Contreras, Lucy (Raymond) Constante, Josie (Johnny) Diaz, Maggie (Raul) Vasquez, Lala (Robert) Acevedo.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ysabell Vidales; husband, Perfecto Zuniga Grimaldo, Sr.; son, Albino Grimaldo; 2 brothers; sister; granddaughter, Jolynn Grimaldo; and a great-grandchild.
Gloria Grimaldo passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017.