Gloria Johnson, of Port Ewen, NY, daughter of the late Maude and Charles Cole, passed away peacefully with her daughter, Candace, by her side on Monday, February 28, 2022. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert L. Johnson, and sisters Ruth, Vera, and Janice. Survivors include twin daughters, Candace (Joseph) Erena of Port Ewen, NY and Pamela (Dennis) Emken of St. George, Utah; granddaughter, Daniela (John) Esposito of New Milford, CT and three great-granddaughters, Gabriela, Alexa, and Giovanna, and many nieces and nephews.
Gloria graduated from Kingston High School in 1939. While in High school, she worked as a candy striper and switchboard operator at the Benedictine Hospital. Upon graduation, she worked as a telephone operator for the NY Telephone Company in Kingston, then, during WW II, she transferred to Norfolk, VA. Following the war, Gloria returned to NY Telephone, rising in her career as Chief Operator in Woodridge, Bath, and Ellenville, NY, later returning to Kingston and ending her career after 42 years. She was a life member of the NY Telephone Company Pioneers. She and her husband Robert worked as volunteers at People´s Place for over 30 years and at the Klyne Museum in Esopus. Their greatest pleasure was renovating their 17th century home in Port Ewen and to which Gloria took great joy in inviting everyone she met to ¨Come over for a swim!¨ Gloria enjoyed travel, she adored all of her girls (twins, granddaughter, great-granddaughters), she loved to be with her family, her friends, and her beloved pets. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 216 Broadway, Port Ewen, NY 12466, where family and friends may visit on Friday March 4, 2022 from 4pm to 7pm. The funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Saturday March 5, 2022 at 10am with burial following in Hurley Cemetery, Hurley, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to People's Place and to the Town of Esopus Volunteer Ambulance Squad. A tribute for Gloria can be found at www.KeyserFuneralService.com where you may leave expressions of sympathy for the family.