NEW YORK CITY - Gloria D. Coleman-Hassell, 63, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Saturday, March 23, 2013. She was at home with her sisters in Niles.
Gloria was born Dec. 4, 1949, in Georgia to the late Robert L. and Mattie Coleman.
She attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and became a certified radiologic technologist.
Gloria worked for Rheumatology Associates on Park Avenue in New York and at the Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn after being employed by Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City for a number of years.
Gloria was taught to love the Lord at a very early age. She witnessed firsthand the actions of this love and the role of servitude to others throughout her childhood in the life of her mom. To her, no one was a stranger and she had the ability to engage total strangers into warm and friendly conversations.
Gloria was a member of the St. Samuel Cathedral Church of God in Christ under the pastoral care of Superintendent Amos F. Kemper III. She served in several capacities, including the Youth Department, pastor's aide and the kitchen committee. Gloria had a "giving spirit" and was always willing to assist those in need. She also had written and directed skits and short dramatizations.
While in Ohio, she attended New Covenant Outreach Ministries COGIC under the pastoral care of Elder Johnny L. and Voria Von Austin.
She was known for her special love for babies and children, being the godmother to more than 24 children who knew her lovingly as "GG" and "Momma G." This love for children inspired a dream to open a 24-hour daycare providing parents the opportunity to drop off children any time day or night. She wanted to ensure the safety of children if parents needed a break from their child or were left without anyone to supervise them no matter the reason. Gloria had formulated plans for this but did not have the opportunity to bring it to fruition.
She leaves to mourn her son, Jason T. Hassell of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughter, Letechia O. Mangra of New York; a brother, Willie (Theresa) Coleman of Salem; three sisters, Johnny Travers of East Liverpool, and Mattie and Charlene Coleman of Niles; nephews, Pastor Tyrone (Venetia) Alston of Buffalo, N.Y., Thomas (Lynn) Alston of Grapevine, Texas, and Willie Coleman II of Salem; nieces, Tonia (Theo) Brewer and Trina Alston of Buffalo, Yolanda (Mark) Lemmon of Gallop, N.M., and Teneishia and Shyanna Coleman of Salem; as well as numerous friends, former co-workers and patients.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Annie Alston of Buffalo and Alisa Coleman-Brown of Greenbelt, Md.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Roberts-Clark Chapel of Lane Family Funeral Homes, 180 Garfield Drive, Warren, OH 44483. Friends may call one hour prior to the start of the service.
Burial will follow in Pineview Memorial Park Cemetery.
Friends may view this obituary and send condolences at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.