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Gloria Olivia VLADYKA

November 1, 1944 - March 1, 2022

Gloria Olivia Vladyka, born November 1, 1944, was called home to the Lord on March 1, 2022.

She is survived by her three devoted children; Peter Andrew Vladyka of Macon, GA; Danielle Lee Hamlet (Kevin) of Forest, VA.; Tara Ann Vladyka and grandson Cooper Jay (Steve Ferrell) of Rustburg, VA.

Gloria was born to Marcy Altschuler “Stan” and Bill DuHaime in New York.

Gloria started her career in New Jersey with Popular Services, known as J. Crew, where she was a supervisor/manager for over 20 years. While employed there she gained and mentored many friends who continue to reflect about her strong and fierce attitude.

She was a tough lady until the end, but had a huge heart for her family, friends, and pets. Especially her beloved dog, Sammy. She would often sit on her porch, admiring the outdoors while bird watching, especially her “Car-de-Nell” (Cardinal).  Anyone who met her can recall listening to her stories for hours with that distinct New York accent.

Gloria had a special way with people. She never knew a stranger and when you did meet her you would eventually fall in love and receive one of her famous cakes. She would often bake for trash collectors, delivery drivers, mail carriers and the doctors and nurses.

We would like to say a very special thank you to care-giver Andrea Richmond who effortlessly and thoughtlessly cared for mom until the very end and to whom we are very grateful and thankful for. Additionally, we would like to thank Centra Hospice nurses and doctors, especially Brittney Locke, for the care provided during her most challenging time.

A private memorial service will be held.

In lieu of flowers we would like to ask memorial contributions be made to the Carter Craft foundation, local charities, or the Humane Society.

To our Mom, May you rest in peace, pain free, knowing you will be forever in our hearts and never forgotten. We say, See ya later.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Dear family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked for multiple managers at J Crew, and your mom was one of them. This was my first "real" job as an adult, and Gloria was a great mentor! When I found out she had passed, I shared with my daughter some of the fond memories I have of her. Whenever we would bring food to work for whatever we were celebrating, I seem to remember her bringing authentic pierogies! I smile at your description of her "fierce spirit", as I certainly remember that! My husband and I both worked with her at the Crew, and we send love and prayers and our deepest sympathies to your family. I'm looking forward to seeing her later as well. Fondly, Shelly Gregg

Posted by Shelly Gregg on March 9, 2022

Sending Prayers to the family. So sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure working with her at J.Crew. This was my first adult job. Her fierce attitude, frankness and strong words definitely helped the timid me become the go getter that I became. She had many layers but her smile would light up the room.

Posted by Cheryl Stevens on March 8, 2022

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