Gloria Ida (Arsenault) Sabalauskas, 78, of Windham NH, passed away Sunday December 4, 2022, at the Community Hospice House surrounded by her loving family. Gloria was born in Waterbury, CT, on March 29, 1944, to Louis and Antoinette Arsenault. She married Victor Sabalauskas in 1964 and they were blessed with a 58-year marriage. Gloria will be forever loved by her husband, Victor, children Mark Sabalauskas and fiancée Grace Chen, Kristen (Sabalauskas) DiGuglielmo and her husband Anthony and their two children Nicholas and Maura, and Kara Sabalauskas and her husband Michael Calderwood and their son Aidan. Gloria is also survived by her dear sisters Beatrice Guerrera and Lori Hoffert and sisters-in-law Marilyn Walsh and Beatrice Arsenault.
Gloria enjoyed nothing as much as cooking a delicious meal for her family and friends and having an evening filled with laughter. She was an excellent gardener and an avid reader. Gloria relished reading the Sunday Boston Globe in front of the fireplace and cheering on the Pats. Gloria and Victor were grateful for the opportunity to travel throughout their marriage and especially loved time spent in Hawaii. By far, Gloria’s favorite role was being a fun and magical ‘Meme’ to her grandchildren and all three adore her.
Gloria lived in Merrimack and Windham for the past 49 years. Gloria worked for Jordan Marsh and Oxford Health Plans. She was dedicated to community service. Gloria volunteered in many different capacities through St. John Neumann parish in Merrimack and in the Merrimack public schools. Gloria and Victor were champions of anti-hunger organizations and volunteered for 25+ years with Greater Nashua CROP hunger walk. Gloria also volunteered with St. Joseph Hospital in their hospice and women’s health programs.
Gloria valued her friendships, including remaining close with childhood friends over the last seventy years. Gloria and Victor enjoyed their ‘Dial-A-Dinner’ group and the many good times spent together. They formed close friendships through St. John Neumann and loved traveling and entertaining their friends. Gloria was active in her retirement through a book club, a couples’ book club, and a ladies’ lunch group. She cultivated friendships and a sense of community with her neighbors on Joey Road, Dahl Road, and Addison Road.
Gloria’s family will receive friends and guest at the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry, on Friday, December 9, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Jude Community Parish, 435 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, on Saturday, December 10, at 11 a.m.
Gloria bravely faced her pancreatic cancer diagnosis and treatment. She received superlative care from the Londonderry Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Merrimack Home Health & Hospice Care organizations. Her family is deeply thankful for their care. The family requests that donations be made in Gloria’s name to Dana-Farber (dana-farber.org) and Home Health & Hospice Care (hhhc.org).