Gloria Maria Melendez

April 20, 1927 – January 8, 2022

Gloria Maria Meléndez, affectionately known as “Mamita,” “Guela,” “Tata,” “Tatita,” & “Chonchi,” passed away peacefully at Stony Brook Hospital surrounded by the love of her family on the morning of January 8, 2022. 

Adored mother of four children, Gloria is survived by her son, Alejandro Torres, and his wife Deborah Torres; her daughters, Idia Meléndez and her husband Luis Sabater Sr., Elsa Seguinot and her husband Victor Seguinot Jr., and Ana Bermudez and her husband, Carlos Bermudez Sr. 

She was widowed twice: first to the late Alejandro Torres Sr., who was taken from her too soon, and, then widowed again, after more than fifty years of marriage to the late Dolores Meléndez.
Her five grandchildren survive her: Luis Sabater Jr., Carlos Bermudez, Jessica Torres, Alexis Torres and Alise Seguinot.

She also is survived by her six great-grandchildren: India Sabater, Nina Sabater, Kiannah Sabater, Anthony Sabater, Lily Contreras and Antonio Bermudez. 

She was blessed with a long life full of love that allowed her to have a great-great-granddaughter Zaskyah Ortiz- Sabater.

Her family was her pride and joy, and she was so proud of them all for being so loving, driven, and successful.

On April 20, 1927, Gloria was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, where she worked as a nurse before moving to the United States, where she was married. Her husband, Dolores Meléndez, was a World War II veteran. Gloria raised her son and three daughters in Washington Heights, New York City, where she lived for 58 years. Gloria attended Bronx Community College and worked as a travel guide in several European countries. She later opened her travel agency, “Family Excursions.”
One of her most extraordinary talents was as a songwriter and composer. Gloria composed music and lyrics, and many of her songs were recorded by various singers in Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and the United States. She wrote and composed songs such as, “Ave Perdida”, “Nadie se Muere Solo”, “Me Voy a Olvidar”, “Depende De Ti”, “Eso te Creias” and “Cao Cao Mani Picao”. She also wrote novels that were published in Ecos de Ella Magazine.

Gloria was a resident of Rockland County, New York, for the past eight years. During this time, she loved to spend quality time with family and friends at her residence. Most of all, she loved to cook great Puerto Rican food that some would consider chef-quality, especially her family. She is best known for her delicious pernil and arroz con gandules, but most of all, for her arepas. Gloria was the keystone of her family. She radiated love, compassion, and elegant power that allowed her to bring everyone together. She was also equipped with an immense love of family and friends; a razor-sharp wit, fun-loving humor, and a vibrant personality allowed her to light up any room, even on the saddest of days. She was greatly loved and respected by all.

Visiting hours are Friday, January 14, 2022 1:00 – 4:00 PM and 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Pizzi Funeral Home 120 Paris Avenue Northvale, NJ 07647 (tel: 201-767-3050

The wake will be live streamed from 

2:30 – 3:30 PM and can be viewed through the link below:

funeral mass will commence on:
Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 10:00 AM at
Saint Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church 199 Walnut Street,Northvale, NJ 07647 and can be viewed through the livestream link below:

Interment to follow at:
Frederick Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery 220 Brick Church Rd Spring Valley, NY 10977

In honor of Gloria Maria Meléndez and in lieu of flowers, family and friends can donate to any of the following organizations:
American Lung Association:
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation:
American Heart Association: https//



  1. Mi tía Gloria; una mujer en todo el sentido de la palabra. Me llena de orgullo ser tu sobrina; jamás olvidaré tus sabias palabras; tu amor incondicional para la familia. Se que ya te reuniste con papi, con tío Lolo, con mami, con todos los demás. Fortaleza para todos los que te amamos.
    Siempre en mi corazón.

  2. Ana and Carlos Bermudez

    Written in my heart

    She was the sculptor of my heart
    and the song beneath my wings.
    She moved mountains
    with an unbreakable spirit
    and undeniable Love…

    She treasured our time,
    and cherished my soul.
    Her smiles brightened my days,
    and hugs made everything right.
    Her legacy is the beautiful memories
    she composed and the love she
    left written on my Heart! ❤️

    May you rest in eternal peace with all the other Angels in heaven! Your daughter and son-in-law, Ana and Carlos Sr

  3. Idia Meleńdez- Sabater

    Mami se que en el cielo hay celebración por tu llegada. Acá nosotros te extrañamos pero tenemos conformidad que está bien en Tu Casa con El Señor. Te extrañamos y te extrañaremos siempre , pero sabiendo que está con El Señor me siento tranquila y con gozo en mi corazón. Te amo con toda mi alma mami tu primogénita y Luis Sr, Luisito, India, Nina, Kiannah, Anthony y Zaskyah te llevarán en sus corazones por siempre. Descansa en paz en El Señor.

  4. Glendalie Delgado

    Titi Gloria…..El cielo te ha recibido de una manera hermosa porque fuistes una Hermosa mujer en todo el sentido de la palabra…Siempre al pendiente de tu familia….Hoy estás en un mejor lugar…lleno de luz..donde no hay dolor sino PAZ❤❤…Te Recordaremos Siempre….Glenda’s and P.R. Family!

  5. Jeanette Tarantino

    Dear Gloria, you welcomed me into your home and family with the biggest, loving heart. You, Gloria, were a special blessing, sent from our Heavenly Father to us, to love and hold close to your heart, every family member, and close friend. I followed your life path through every family member who was in close contact with you, Elsa, India and Nina. and through their lives I can see your lifetime of love, compassion, fearlessness, faith-filled foundation, that you now leave as your loving legacy. I pray for peace and comfort to surround your family during these memorable, memorial times. I pray, May your family carry on caring for one another, as they lovingly remember your carefree, loving, young spirit. Jesus, we celebrate Your homecoming for Gloria, as one more angel enters Your Kingdom. Rest in Peace, my friend. Love. Jeanette and Tony Tarantino

  6. Doña Gloria … lo mas bello que recuerdo de usted fue tu buen sentido de humor y la SONRISA siempre sincera en tu rostro, siempre te recordare por tu humildad y sinceros consejos. Siempre fuiste como un familiar Querido.
    Dios te bendiga en tu llegada a su reino y te entregue las llaves del PARAISO …

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