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Gloria Jean Constant Protz 1927-2022

Updated: Jul 11, 2022

Gloria Jean Constant Protz, age 94 , passed away peacefully July 6, 2022 in Hamden CT. She was born July 16, 1927 in Manhattan, NY to Frank L. Constant and Claire Werner Constant.

She married William Nicholas Protz on 2/17/51 who preceded her death in 1989. She is survived by daughter Linda P. Francois and son Steven G. Protz and their respective spouses, Jacque G. Francois and Stacy Capodilupo Protz. She has three grandchildren and four great grandchildren whom she adored.

After graduating from CT Teacher’s college, she took a job teaching. After marriage she moved to Long Island and later worked in a department store and in the family fabric store.

She was constant in her love for her children. She rarely if ever got angry, but she always expected the best from us, and as a result we strove to live up to her expectations. She loved her husband and was constant in her commitment, even through many trials.

With her husband she enjoyed membership in the Long Island South Shore Power Squadron and for many years they meandered down Long Island sound and the inner coastal waterway in a 1942 30-foot wooden cabin cruiser named the Ancient Mariner, and later in a newer vessel, the Glory B. In later years she joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary. She loved flowers, travel, boating and the sea.

Gloria always kept busy. She showed her love through the things she did for family and friends – cooking, baking, sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilting. She sewed baby blankets, doll clothes, school clothes, kid clothes and costumes, bridesmaid dresses and a bridal veil, boat and dorm curtains, and many quilts. She even upholstered furniture, including a sleigh. She taught her children how to be creative and productive. In later years she loved to help the Ladies Club of First Church in Bethany with their many events and projects, worked with the quilting club there and thoroughly enjoyed being on their bowling team into her 90’s.

A private memorial service will be held in future. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

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