Gloria Ferguson (Reid) Kuczminski died on May 20, 2018 after a short illness surrounded by her family. Born on November 8, 1933 in Norfolk, VA, she lived in many places as a child as her father was a Naval Air officer.
She graduated from high school in Cape May, NJ and completed her nursing certification at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in New York City before obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Education from Syracuse University. Gloria worked in a number of Syracuse, NY hospitals as a Registered Nurse, and taught at the Crouse Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She then worked for the American Red Cross for many years where she ran blood mobiles throughout New York and North Carolina. Gloria was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, NC where she sang in the choir. She volunteered as an usher at Blumenthal Theater for many years, and enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, knitting, gardening, reading, theater and music, but most of all spending time with her family for whom she would sacrifice anything.
Gloria is survived by her children Mark Reid (Marjorie Head) of Syracuse, NY, Carolyn (Alan) Michalet of East Concord, NY, and Diane (David) Lyon of Waxhaw, NC, her husband Ignacy Kuczminski, her brother Cullen (Gwendolyn) Ferguson, her sister Judy (Milton) Smith, her sister-in law Eva Niemiec, her grandchildren Stephane (Kyle) Armstrong, David Reid, Shawn Michalet, Jonathan Reid, Audrey Stewart, Evelyn Stewart, Ben Lyon and Colby Lyon, great grandson Kohen Armstrong and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Gloria was predeceased by her mother Doris Solomon (1938), her father Alec Ferguson, step-mother Marguerite Ferguson (who raised her), her sister Carla Howard, her step-son Jason Kuczminski, her in-laws Jan and Zuzanna Kuczminski (holocaust survivors), her former in-laws Roger and Almeda Reid, her aunts Althea Dick and Hattie Cohen, and long-lost cousins Sylvia Kudan and Gloria Bittman.
The family gives a special thanks to the staff of Brookdale Weddington Park and Hospice of Charlotte- Union County who were especially helpful to her, and her family, through the last few difficult weeks.
Services will be held at 2:30 pm on June 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte and her ashes will be spread in Xenia, Ohio where her mother is buried. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the American Red Cross, Hospice of Charlotte-Union County or the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte.