Gloria ‘Glo’ Follis
Past Massachusetts State Commander of DAV Ladies Auxiliary
Gloria I. “Glo” (Chiereghio) Follis, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away on Wednesday morning, May 2 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton. She was 83 years old.
Gloria was born in Somerville in 1935, the daughter of Mario and Susan (Di Lello) Chiereghio. She was raised in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School with the Class of 1953. In that year, she met her future husband, James F. Follis, at a high school dance. The two were married in September of 1956. They first settled in Chelsea to raise their family, before relocating to Malden almost 50 years ago.
Gloria worked for many years in the returns department of the Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Bank in Malden until she retired in 1992. In her spare time, Gloria enjoyed playing cards, traveling with her husband, Jim and family, as well as watching the New England Patriots. She also loved to go shopping as well as the occasional trot down to the gambling halls.
She was a member of the Ladies Auxillary of the Abington VFW, the Ladies Auxiliary of the DAV Post #85 of Malden, and a Past State Commander of the Ladies Auxiliary of Massachusetts.
She is survived by her husband, James F. Follis of Malden; her children, James J. “Jimmy” Follis of Malden, Stephen M. Follis of Lynn, Deanna G. Follis and Marilyn Nolan, both of Billerica; her aunt, Lena DiLucia of Somerville and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Interment was at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions in Gloria’s memory be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Longtime Chelsea City Hall telephone operator
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, May 11 from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Vertuccio and Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Edith M. (Keating) Antzak, who passed away on Friday, May 4 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after a short illness. She was 93 years old.
Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service in the funeral home at 11a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Edith was born and raised in Chelsea. She was educated in Chelsea Public Schools and is a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1943. Early on, Edith began to work at Conrad Chandlers Women’s Clothing Store in Boston. She worked there for 10 years beginning in sales and, after several promotions, she became a supervisor in the cashier’s office.
On February 19, 1957, Edith married her one and only true love, Charles J. Antzak. As young children they lived across the street from one another and fell in love early on. They were married for 58 years before she lost her husband on July 28, 2015.
Edith and Charlie remained in Chelsea to raise their son, Charles Jr. She returned to work as a telephone operator in Chelsea City Hall for over 25 years. Edith was a loving and gracious woman. She always had a beautiful glow and was an impeccable fashion statement. People who knew her, knew that she loved a good laugh and loved to play cards. She was an avid fan of hockey and baseball. She was also a legendary baker; her delicious treats of blueberry bread and pies were her staple. She also taught Sunday school at her old church, the Horace Mann Baptist Church in Chelsea.
The devoted and beloved wife of the late Charles J. Antzak, Sr., she was the adored and loving mother of Charles J. Antzak, Jr. and his husband, William J. Regan of Chelsea; dear sister of the late Former Chelsea Police Chief Thomas Keating and his wife, Rita, Edward Keating and his wife, Lolly and Robert Keating and his wife, Barbara. She is also lovingly survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and extended family and friends.
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