Gloria Louise Lichtenstein (Shanahan), 97, died Monday, November 1, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Aaron Lichtenstein. She lived in Barrington, RI for over 36 years before moving to West Palm Beach, FL and East Providence, RI. She was born in Winthrop, MA and was the daughter of the late Patrick and Esther Shanahan of Revere, MA.
Gloria was a proud Navy Veteran serving in the WAVES during WWII. During her time in the Navy, she worked as a teletype operator in Washington DC and San Diego. After WWII, she modeled in New York City and then studied at Boston University and Higgins Business School in Boston. She later worked as a bookkeeper for the Outlet Company and in the retail industry. She was an active member of her community serving on the Barrington Scholarship Committee and a volunteer at the election polls for many years.
Gloria’s passion for life was contagious. She loved listening to music with her husband Aaron, who was a music educator and professional musician. Gloria loved to dance and was always the first and last person on the dance floor. She loved cooking and dining with her family and friends. She was an avid mahjong and bridge player and a member of the Cranston Senior Guild. She was a past member of the United Brothers Synagogue. She loved to read and travel, and she lived in many places in the US during her life, including Massachusetts California, New York, Colorado, New Mexico, and Florida, until she settled in Rhode Island.
Her family was most important to her, and she cherished spending time with them to share her wisdom and philosophy on life. Her family loved her “Gloriaisms”. She especially adored her four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be forever cherished.
She is survived by her children, Sheila Lichtenstein of Bristol, RI, Michael Lichtenstein and wife Deborah (Bea) of Jamestown, RI, and Debra Nicholas and husband Robert of Seekonk, MA. She was the loving grandmother to Emma Lichtenstein and husband Jesse DeLaughter of West Roxbury, MA; Hannah Graves and husband Douglas of Jamestown, RI; Sean Nicholas and wife Daniela of Pawtucket, RI; and Kyle Nicholas and partner Michaela Hadley of Shoreline, WA. She was Grandma Glo to her six beloved great-grandchildren Ruth, Eve, and Charlie DeLaughter; Harry and Eliza Graves; and Liliana Nicholas. She is survived by her sister, Marion Argenbright and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her two brothers, Daniel Shane and Myron Shanahan, and her sister, Ruth Jarmak.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 1:45pm at Sharon Memorial Park, Canton, MA. In lieu of an in-person Shiva, condolences would be appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Women Veterans Alliance https://www.womenveteransgiving.org/donate/ or the United Brothers Synagogue https://unitedbrotherssynagogue.org/.