NORWAY — Gloria C. Asselin age 89 of Norway, died Monday, June 24, 2019, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
She was born May 23, 1930, in Hermansville, the daughter of the late Carlo and Mary (Marana) Caliaro.
At age 3, Gloria’s family — who had migrated to the United States from Italy — returned to Italy because of the Great Depression. After five years, they returned to Michigan because of talk of war in Europe.
Gloria went to school in Hermansville and as a teenager, she worked for five years as a maid for the Earle Family, who were the owners of Hermansville IXL and Blaney Park. She spent parts of the summers in Blaney Park.
Gloria married Girard “Dage” Murray on June 25, 1948. He preceded her in death on December 14, 1979.
She was an active member of St. John Neuman Church in Spalding, where she lived for 48 years before moving to Norway and becoming a member of St. Marys Church.
Gloria married William “Bill” Asselin on Sept. 8, 1990, at St. John Neuman Church in Spalding.
She loved to spend the winters in Arizona, traveling with Bill, cooking and collecting recipes and cookbooks. She enjoyed having big family dinners on the holidays and especially spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Gloria is survived by her husband, Bill; children, Liz Murray, Ann Marie Rappette, Rick Murray and Tom (Nancy) Murray; grandchildren, Christopher, Karen, Kristi, Donald, Megan, Mitchell and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Austin, Nathan, Jackson and Jacob; sister, Elaine (Frank) Petiniot; brothers, George Caliaro and Bob (Kathy) Caliaro; and many nieces and nephews.
Gloria was preceded in death by her infant son, Girard Murray Jr; her eldest child, Catherine Baker; daughter-in-law, Sally Murray; and sister-in-law, Joan Caliaro.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 28 at St. Marys Church in Norway.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at the church, with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis officiating.
Interment will be at the Spalding Township Cemetery.
Condolences to the family of Gloria may be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements announced by the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.