Monday, 14 October 2013

Gloria Jean Cross McIlhagga

A cousin in Canada has kindly sent me the following obituary from The News-Press published on July 13:

Gloria Jean Cross, 64, of Cape Coral died July 11, 2013. Formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., Gloria was born May 17, 1949, in Buffalo, the daughter of the late James and Magdalena McIlhagga.  She attended Fredonia State University, graduating in 1971, and received her Masters in Education from Canisius College. Gloria began her teaching career at N.Collins (NY) High School, and culminated at Cape Coral High School where she was a cherished mentor and colleague for 15 years. Gloria's impact beyond the classroom included being an advisor for student government, the senior class and the yearbook staff, assisting with events such as prom, homecoming and commencement, and coaching powderpuff football. For the second consecutive year in 2013, Gloria was one of a select group of Lee County teachers recognized as Teachers of Distinction for her excellence in the classroom. Each nominee displays a certain characteristic such as a love of learning in students of all abilities and backgrounds, stimulating thought and provoking student dialogue, challenging students to reach high standards and expectations, understanding the needs of students individually and collectively, and meeting those needs with determination, enthusiast and imagination while involving families in their educational process. She was married to the late Tyler Cross who preceded her in death on 2005. Gloria is survived by her brother, Doug (Jackie) McIlhagga of St. Louis; fiance, Jack Rosenberg of Bradenton, Fla; stepsons Nate (Ashley) Cross of Forestville, N.Y., Josh Cross of Watertown, N.Y.; 3 grandchildren, Anderson, Eliana and Nolan; uncle William McIlhagga and cousin Scott McIlhagga of Buffalo. Memorial services will be held Friday July 19 at 11 AM from the chapel of Coral Ride Funeral Home, 1630 SW Pine Island Rd. Cape Coral. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home... In lieu of flowers, donations to Cape Coral High School in Gloria Cross' name are greatly appreciated.

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