Gloria E. Hart
Beloved wife, dedicated mother, adored grandmother, proud great-grandmother, dear sister, favorite aunt, awesome cousin and devoted friend passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at Covenant HealthCare - Cooper; with her family by her side; at the age of 72 years young.
Gloria Elena Hart was born on April 4, 1948 in Saginaw, Michigan and was preceded in death by her parents Pedro "Pete" and Carmen (Cisneros) Lopez. She graduated from St. Joseph High School with the class of 1966. Gloria cherished the relationships established during her career in the legal services community, including time spent working at the Saginaw Prosecutor's Office, working as a Paralegal at the Law Office of Jerome Burns, Office Manager for Saginaw City Attorney and Head of Records for the Saginaw City Police Department where she retired in 2000.
Gloria was a woman of great devotion. Prayer and her relationship with Christ were always central. Gloria was a proud member of Old Town Christian Outreach Center, a place that was near & dear to her heart. Gloria enjoyed her time spent working with the kids of the church teaching them about Jesus. The Church is also where Gloria was blessed to meet a new friend, Richard "Fred" Hart, where a conversation about motorcycles led to a loving partnership and Marriage in Christ on November 16, 2002. Gloria and her husband Fred enjoyed sharing the good news of the Gospel, volunteering for multiple mission trips including Jamaica and Guatemala. Also serving as chaplains for both Hospice and Saginaw Jail Ministries for over 10 years. Gloria was proud to serve the role of a Hospice chaplain. She was strong, compassionate, a nurturer of spiritual health and would answer any call for help, including the call to be a chaplain for families affected by Hurricane Katrina. She was a proud member of International Fellowship of Chaplains, Christian Motorcycle Association, and continued to faithfully deliver Christian literature to the Saginaw Police Department.
Above all, Gloria cherished the time spent with her family and dear friends. Everyone will remember her specially made meals and conversations full of laughter and good times in her always spotless kitchen. She enjoyed spending time playing board games with her grandkids, trips to the casino with friends and scrapbooking into the wee hours with her Sisters in Christ. She could usually be spotted at the local craft stores, stocking up on scrapbook materials, floral supplies and holiday decorations. It brought her great joy to gift her creations to those who were on her heart at the time. Gloria and Fred enjoyed many memorable vacations, including multiple trips to Hawaii, road trips in their 36 ft. motor home and cruising on their matching Harley-Davidson motorcycles throughout the United States.
As a family, we know the special relationship Gloria shared with her mother Carmen, who spent the last year living with her, a true highlight of Gloria's life. With so much to worry about during the past 12 months, Gloria treasured each day with her mother, nurturing her and at the same time being nurtured by her, never feeling burdened. Gloria brought great joy to her mother each day including an incredibly special day this past July when Gloria organized a spectacular drive-by celebration for Carmen's 100th birthday. The example Gloria set is one of selflessness. Her prayer and actions have taught so many.
Gloria was energetic, vibrant and rarely still, always looking for an opportunity to lighten the burdens of others. She found joy in late night phone calls and texts with friends & family, laughing, praying and encouraging one another. Whether consoling loved ones in doubt, or comforting someone who felt lost, prayer was the soundtrack of Gloria's life. Inside the cover of her bible she wrote, Life is an adventure in which God guides you, teaches you, embraces you, blesses you and encourages you in every step of the way. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13.
Gloria will be forever remembered by her husband and best friend of 20 years, Richard "Fred" Hart. She is the loving & devoted mother to her daughter and son: Carolyn Lopez; David (Lisa) Lopez; four step-children: Fred (Michelle) Hart Jr.; Rhonda (Greg) Horste; Robin (Dave) Regensburger; Roxann Hart (Dave King).
She took extreme pride in her six grandchildren: Frances (Tim) Symons; Matthew Lopez; Christopher (Madison) Lopez; Jacob Lopez (fiancé McKenzie Goss); Michael Lopez; Adrianna Lopez; nine step-grandchildren: David Hart; Andrew Hart; Joseph Cory; Jacob Cory; John Regensburger; James (Kezia) Regensburger; Emily Regensburger; Ashley Smith; Kyle Smith; three step-great-grandchildren: Calvin Smith, Vincent Smith, Valentina Marie Smith. Prior to Gloria's passing, she became a great-grandmother to a precious baby girl, Amelia Josephine Symons.
She is also survived by two beloved brothers and two adored sister-in-laws: John (Margie) Lopez; Julian Vincent (Carmen) Lopez; one brother-in-law: Bob (Bernice) Hart; one sister-in-law: Judy (Pete) Huizar.
She will be lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews: Gabriel (Amy) Lopez, Jaime (Vilma) Lopez, Victoria Lopez, Leia (Ray) Gamboa, Daniel (Terri) Lopez, Lesley Lopez, Michael (Sara) Lopez, Julio (Candy) Lopez, Stevin (Laurie) Wiederhold, Ray (Debbie) Perez, Patty (Michael) Goodman. Also surviving is her former spouse of 17 years and father of her children: David Lopez. Forever remembered by aunts, uncles, many cousins, extended family members and friends. Besides her parents; Gloria was preceded in death by former husband: Michael "Mike" Ryther.
Honoring Gloria's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Old Town Christian Outreach, 600 Gratiot Ave, Saginaw. Family and friends are invited to share their memories of Gloria with her family during visitation from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2021, and from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021, at W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, Saginaw. In accordance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ordinance, indoor capacity is limited to 25 persons, face coverings are required, and social distancing encouraged. We appreciate everyone's efforts to reduce the spread of covid-19 in our community. Gloria supported many communities, associations and organizations; those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Old Town Christian Outreach Soup Kitchen. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.casefuneralhome.com.