Gloria Teresa Schudawa, age 85, went into the arms of the Lord at just past one a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014 after a seven-month struggle with lymphoma. She had been faithfully attended through her illness by her loving husband of 55 years, Joe (Wolfgang) Schudawa. Her two daughters, son-in-law, three grandchildren, and beloved pets were in attendance.
Gloria was born March 30, 1929, in Ilo Ilo, Philippines to Dr. Juan and Clara Goitia. The second oldest of 10 children, Gloria attended St. Agnes Academy. During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Gloria's father died assisting his patients in a bombing raid. Her large family left without an income, Gloria enlisted as a stewardess for Philippine Airlines (PAL), a job that would take her around Asia and allow her to travel throughout Europe, as well as pave the way for several of her siblings, who also took to the skies in the airline hospitality industry.
While flying over the North Pole en route to Zurich for a vacation, Gloria met Joe Schudawa, who was traveling on leave after a year-long tour of duty in Korea to visit his parents at their home in Austria. Their brief meeting led to a year of communication and courtship by mail. Joe and Gloria were married on a chilly November 29, 1958 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, where Joe was stationed while in the Air Force.
After Joe completed his tour of duty, Joe and Gloria relocated to Portland, Oregon where, while living on Garden Lane, and shortly after in East Portland, she found her passions for motherhood; cooking and baking; handicrafts, such as sewing, needlepoint, and crochet; and eventually, gardening. Gloria was a skilled cake decorator; a rose gardener extraordinaire; and a loving, adoring mother to her daughters, Barbara and Teresa.
While raising her daughters just outside of Gresham, Oregon, Gloria was an active volunteer as room mother at St. Joseph's grade school, a pursuit that blended her love for children and her expertise with handicrafts. She also enjoyed entertaining friends, family, and co-workers (she later worked for Benjamin Franklin Savings and Loan) both at home and at the family's getaway cabin at Prineville Lake, the site of many marathon pinochle sessions.
She and Joe often square danced together at the Windy Whirlers, in Troutdale, Or.
Gloria was a devoted grandmother to her three grandchildren, who loved spending time with her at the Schudawa's ranch-like home on Old Military Road. She encouraged their love of nature, play, and making art, much of which she carefully framed. She made each child feel special and loved.
Gloria, who dressed smartly in classic, colorful, and coordinated outfits, was very much a lady. To all who knew her, whether next-door neighbors, friends from church, or relatives from distant corners of the globe, Gloria was a fountain of unremitting joy, hospitality, and generosity. She loved white picket fences with borders full of blooms, butterflies, and birdhouses.
Gloria was a volunteer for St. Vincent De Paul's Catholic Charity and enjoyed hosting baby showers for the wives of the Shepherd of the Valley Knights of Columbus chapter.
Gloria is survived by her husband Joe, daughters Barbara Schudawa and Teresa McGrath (Mike), and grandchildren Anna, Evan, and Daniel McGrath, all of the Rogue Valley. She is survived by her sisters Tessie Calvo, Clarita Medina, Sarita Morales, and Nenita Clemens, as well as brother Juan Goitia.
She was preceded in death by her children Margaret and Karl, her sisters Adela Goitia and Isabel Locsin, and her brothers Miguel and Benigno Goitia.
A funeral, preceded by a Rosary (10:15 am), will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 6, at Shepherd of the Valley Church in Central Point, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent De Paul.