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Gloria Trachtenberg (nee Topper), age 89, of Howell, NJ passed peacefully on February 8, 2018. Gloria was born in the Weequahic section of Newark to the late Arthur and Rose Topper. She was raised there along with her four sisters: Sylvia, Shirley, Helen (Toby) and Eleanor.
She married Jerome (Jerry) Trachtenberg in 1948 and continued to reside in Newark where they started their family of three children: Linda, Alan and Michael. The family moved to Hillside in 1962. In 1988, shortly after her husband’s retirement, she and Jerry moved to Howell.
A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, Gloria graduated from Weequahic High School. She worked for ORT prior to and immediately after her marriage. For many years she was a homemaker and provided administrative assistance for a local business. She, later, was an administrative assistant for Kessleman, Weinberg and Soloway, CPAs and was English Resource Center administrator at Hillside High School. She left there and was Executive Assistant to the Lab Director at Beth Israel Hospital until her retirement. She enjoyed cooking for her family especially for holiday gatherings, gardening, playing mahjong and reading. She served as Girl Scout troop leader in Hillside in the 1960s. She was a member of the Ladies Club at Temple B’nai Abraham and was Treasurer of the Ladies Club of the Villages Condominium Association.
Gloria was predeceased by Jerry, her husband of 63 years and her sisters, Sylvia, Shirley, Toby and Eleanor. She is survived by her daughter Linda Huber and her husband Carl of Swampscott, MA, her son Alan of Somerset, NJ and her son Michael and his wife Fran of Long Valley, NJ and her adoring grandchildren David, Julia, Kurt and Jason, great-grandchildren Lillianna, Bellarose and Jesse and many nieces, nephews and friends. Gloria was a three time cancer survivor and, at the time of her death, had been among the longest living survivors in the state. In her honor, donations in Gloria’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.