Gloria May (Peterson) House

Born: Fri., May 21, 1926
Died: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017


12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, Wed., Aug. 16, 2017
Location: Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory

Funeral Service

1:30 PM Wed., Aug. 16, 2017
Location: Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory


2:30 PM Wed., Aug. 16, 2017
Location: Mechanicsburg Cemetery


3:00 PM Wed., Aug. 16, 2017
Location: Hoss's Steak & Sea House

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Gloria May (Peterson) House

An Angel on Earth -

Gloria May (Peterson) House, age 91, of Columbia, MD, and formerly of Mechanicsburg, PA, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at Sunrise of Columbia.  Gloria was born on Friday, May 21, 1926 in Rockford, IL to the late Edward Carl Peterson and Alvina Owens.  Gloria was the widow of Richard “Dick” Myron House, Sr., whom she married on March 20, 1950, and who died on December 29, 2013.  In addition to her parents and husband, Gloria is preceded in death by her sister, Doris Nelson.

Gloria’s survivors include her three children: Judy E. Brown and her husband, Terry, of Columbia, MD, Jill H. Smith and her husband, Steve, of Forest Hill, MD,  Richard M. House, Jr., and his partner, Liz Evans, of Stratford, CT; her daughter-in-law, Pat House of Horseheads, NY;  her six grandchildren, Tara Brown Martin, Aaron Brown, Jessica Smith, Stephanie Smith, Caitlin House, Dani House; her five great-grandchildren, Jay Martin, Tyler Martin, Elena Brown, Elliott Brown, Spencer Brown; and her two half-siblings: Dean Peterson, and Teresa Schurke.

Gloria graduated from Grantsburg High School as part of the class of 1944.  She retired in the 1980s from the Navy Ships Parts Control Center in Mechanicsburg as a procurement specialist.  Prior to her time at the base, Gloria worked for many years at the Book of the Month Club, also in Mechanicsburg.  Those who knew Gloria knew a beautiful woman who had the most caring and loving nature along with an amazing can-do spirit.  There was nothing that Gloria was not able to accomplish, from all of the tasks associated with homemaking to the challenges presented to her in her career to the physical demands of maintenance and repairs.  She loved both her vegetable and flower gardens and spent many happy hours toiling in the dirt.  Gloria was many wonderful things but to those who knew her she was an angel on earth; someone who always cared for others, especially her beloved husband and family.  Gloria is now reunited with her husband, Dick, in heaven.

All are welcome to join Gloria’s family at her viewing on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. until time of service at 1:30 p.m. at Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Celebrant George A. Spangler officiating.  Burial will immediately follow in Mechanicsburg Cemetery.  Gloria’s family invites everyone to join them for a time of food and fellowship at Hoss's Steak & Sea House, 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, following the burial.

Contributions in celebration of Gloria’s life can be made to Howard Hospital Foundation, 10705 Charter Drive, Suite 320, Columbia, Maryland 21044, (410) 740-7840, or

Gloria’s family has entrusted her care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Gloria’s full obituary, view her memorial video and portrait, and sign her official guest book at

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Scott K. Nelson
   Posted Wed August 09, 2017
Aunt Gloria, I was sad to learn of your passing. I think you were so much like my mother, and why not since you were sisters. You always were so far away but in the few times we were together I saw love and affection, a quiet nature, acceptance, a gentle spirit and a hard worker. You were to have flown in to Minneapolis for my mother’s (your sister’s) funeral on that January day in 1995 but as so happened there was an ice storm that day and you couldn’t make it. We almost didn’t make it as it was too icy to drive. Yet, after the funeral I had numerous contact with you by phone and letter over the next months (and even years). These contacts helped with my grief as you were so much like my was kind of like hanging on to her through you which I expressed to you. Even though I am sad that you have passed on, I know that all of us will take the same road, some sooner and some later. When it is my time, I know that I will see you and mom again. Yet still, your children and grandchildren are dealing with your loss now and I feel sorry for them in that. Time is healing and blunts the pain and your legacy will live on through them. Until we see each other again Gloria...your nephew, Love, Scott.

Scott Nelson
   Posted Wed August 09, 2017

Sweet Memories was sent by Scott K. Nelson.

I'll miss you Aunt Gloria...Love Scott, Nephew

Karen (Taylor) Hocker and Craig Hocker
   Posted Sun August 13, 2017
Gloria and Dick were wonderful caring cousins, who we worked with at the Navy. Gloria was so helpful and friendly to us and everyone at work. She was always so happy and kind....she and Dick will be missed...

Sandra Fetrow
   Posted Mon August 14, 2017

Thoughts of You was sent by Sandra Fetrow (sister-in-law).

Rest in Peace Gloria. We will miss you. The Fetrow Family

Kris & Stu Bloom
   Posted Tue August 15, 2017
Judy, Terry, Tara, Aaron, and families.
We are very sorry for the loss of your mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. May your wonderful memories of her sustain you in your time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kris & Stu

Marvin Schurke
   Posted Wed August 16, 2017

MONET'S GARDEN  BASKET was sent by Terry, Marv, Helen and Mike.

In loving memory, Teresa Peterson Schurke and Marvin Schurke Helen Schurke Frasier and Michael Frasier

Helen Schurke Frasier and Michael Frasier
   Posted Wed August 16, 2017
Loved Ones,
Aunt Gloria was such a blessing. We are so grateful for the wonderful times we got to spend with her and the love that she shared with us. We will miss her dearly.
With love,
Helen Schurke Frasier and Michael Frasier
(Daughter and Son-in-law of Gloria's sister, Teresa Peterson Schurke)

Ian Hertzler
   Posted Mon August 21, 2017
Miss Judy and Miss Jill sorry to hear about Mrs.. I will always remember getting her newspaper and she would give me a lollipop.

Rick Leedy
   Posted Mon August 28, 2017
Judy, Jill and Rich,

I always remember your mom as a beautiful lady, both inside and out. By the video pictures she has also left behind a beautiful extended family. Hope you all are doing well with your loss.

Rick Leedy

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