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2643 Old Bridge Rd
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Phone: (732) 528-5500
Gloria Leoniak

Gloria Leoniak (Miritello)

Thursday, September 30th, 1937 - Friday, March 19th, 2021
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On March 19, 2021 Gloria Leoniak passed away at the age of 83 surrounded by her loved ones. Gloria was born in the Bronx, NY on September 30, 1937 to Camella and Nicholas Miritello along with her brother, Joseph and sister, Julia, who she was very close with. She had three children, Ann Marie, Charles (2008) and George, who were very dear to her heart.
Gloria spent most of her vibrant, full life in New Jersey, where she met her beloved husband Dr. Thaddeus Leoniak and where she worked in their Brick ophthalmologist office. In a letter, Dr. Leoniak once wrote that her "innate and instinctive awareness of other people’s feelings, her willingness to respond to their needs and her strict adherence to the ‘golden rule’”, made Gloria the “glue” of the office. Even after her husband’s passing in 2004, she continued to work there, forging many wonderful friendships with patients, doctors and staff who appreciated her calm, confident and caring personality.
Anyone who knew Gloria also knows that she exuded a down-to-earth elegance that is rare in this world and that she was a very compassionate, intelligent, and witty person. In her free time, Gloria enjoyed creating intricate cards with rubber stamps, birdwatching, researching her Italian genealogy, visiting her favorite second-hand shops, and experimenting with new recipes from her collection of cookbooks. She also enjoyed talking with others about her family, including her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who she loved very much. Gloria will be forever missed. At her request, no services will be held and, instead of flowers, Gloria would have wanted those who would like to memorialize her to express their love for those they value most.
Arrangements are under the care of Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan, NJ. All services were private. Gloria was laid to rest next to husband Thaddeus at Brig Gen William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. To send condolences to the family please visit
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  • Service

    Friday, March 26th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Friday, March 26th, 2021 2:00pm
    Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    350 Provinceline Road
    Wrightstown, New Jersey 08562
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    Father Anthony Lipari
  • Interment

    Friday, March 26th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Friday, March 26th, 2021 2:00pm
    Brig. Gen William C. Doyle Veteran's Memorial Cemetery
    350 Provinceline Road
    Wrightstown, New Jersey 08562
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Joyce Mitchell

Posted at 05:00pm
My family and I have been getting our eye exams in Gloria’s office for many years. We all have fond memories of Gloria - she knew us by name and always inquired about our health, etc. She talked to my husband about cars , and even made me an appointment for an allergist when I needed one. I was in the office a few weeks ago, and asked about Gloria because she was always there. I was told she retired, and then I learned of her illness and her death. We are all so sad - Gloria was special. Our condolences to all of you. Joe, Joyce and Ellen Mitchell

Carol Wroblewski

Posted at 12:53pm
My husband and I have known Gloria for many years. Dr. Leoniak was our family Opthamologist . Gloria was such a wonderful intelligent, caring and kind lady. She would always speak to us about our family and remember incidents. I sometimes would run into her in places and share a conversation. She will be greatly missed by my husband and I and my daughters . Sincerely, Carol and Gene Wroblewski

Mary Ellen Coursen

Posted at 10:51pm
My condolences to the family. Gloria was a very special person and client. She will forever hold a special place in my heart. Mary Ellen

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