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Obituary of Glenna F. Matela
Glenna Faye Matela (Adams) - September 13, 1950 – September 14, 2018
Glenna Faye Matela, after a long and strenuous fight with cancer, took a sudden downturn and passed peacefully surrounded by her husband, children, and their spouses the day after her 68th birthday. She spent her final birthday with her children and grandchildren.
Known for her courage, strength of character and spirit, Glenna is survived by her devoted husband with whom she shared many adventures in their near 49 years of marriage, Anthony Matela, her four children, Christina (Robert Keim), Anthony Jr. (AnneMarie), Michael (Korri), and Annalisa (Thomas Underwood) and their spouses, whom she loved as her own children. From her four children, Glenna is survived by 12 grandchildren who will always remember her as their “Nana.” They are Alyssa, Brandon, Heather, Jennifer, Anthony IV, Bailey, Ramsey, Harley, Chloe, Brianna, Ava, and Owen.
Glenna is also survived by her father, Evan Gines and predeceased by her mother, Alice Adams. Hailing from a large Utah Family, Glenna is also survived by her older sibling, Robert, and her younger siblings Stephen, Wayne, Louis, Albert, Thomas, James, and two step-brothers, John and Dan. She is also predeceased by her mother and father-in-law, Anthony and Anne Matela and her sisters-in-law Annemarie (John Kuniskis) and Donna (Russ Ramer). She is survived by brother-in-law Joseph (Josephine) Matela and sisters-in-law Elizabeth Jane (William Marlowe) and Virginia (Brian Wilson) and many nieces and nephews.
Born in Idaho in 1950, Glenna attended several schools and Graduated High school in Florida in 1968. Glenna Married Anthony Matela In December of 1969. After Anthony was discharged from the United States Air Force, the bright-faced young couple moved to the Rochester area and developed a close relationship with her extended Matela family in the Brockport area.
Glenna was a long-time devout member of Brockport’s Nativity BVM Church and was active in her church community.
Glenna had many passions. At the forefront of the list of things she was passionate about is her family. Many Christmases her children and grandchildren received special, hand-made gifts such as knitted hats, mittens, sweaters, and other items. She was also an expert quilter and baker, and she and her Husband Anthony refurbished antique furniture together. She loved traveling, camping, and enjoyed toasted marshmallows and S’mores. She and her husband enjoyed visiting historical sights and State Capitol buildings. She loved reading historical novels, most notably Gone With the Wind.
The legacy she leaves her loved ones includes her unwavering positivity and immeasurable capacity for love. She lived her life on her own terms and expected nothing less of those she loved.
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