Gloria Jean Alexander, age 87, of Albany passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Pleasant View Nursing Home, surrounded by her family. She was born at home, the daughter of George and Millicent (Sinks) Drew on September 13, 1932 in Magnolia, IL. She attended Beloit High School. Gloria was united in marriage to Robert C. Alexander on December 17, 1949 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Beloit.
Gloria worked at Advance Transformer for nearly 25 years. She then worked at Maple Leaf sales for about 2 years before caring for her husband. She also helped her daughter and daughter-in-law with childcare for 8 years. Gloria was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Albany. She enjoyed reading, cross word puzzles, watching all her grandchildren's school and sporting events and taking family vacations in the summer. One of her favorite destinations was Kentucky to spend time with Bob’s family. She also enjoyed her trips to Las Vegas, with Bob playing the slot machines. She treasured her children and grandchildren and embraced every moment with them. She was known as Gram Gloria to all the children in her life.
Gloria is survived by her children, Michael (Shirley) Alexander, Robert A. (Linda) Alexander, Dennis, Thomas, and Theodore Alexander, and Tammy (Timothy) Buehler; 19 grandchildren, Scott (Michelle), Paul (Shannon), Angela, Jeremi, Michelle, Brittany (Nate), Cassidy, Jeffery (Kim), Catherine (Robert), Patrick (Jennifer), Amanda, Miranda, Garrett, Jerron, Ryan, Tyler, Cynthia (Jeremy), Jonathan (Rachel) and Christina (Brian); 6 step-grandchildren, Stacy, Heather, Brett, Ronnie, Jeannie and Joe; 24 great-grandchildren, Ryder, Kasie (Courtney), Karissa, Aaron, Michael, Abigail, Rylee, Camryn, Parker, Teela, Kristen, Brandi, Bethany, Katelynn, Jenna, Chloe, Waylon, Shayla, Alayna, Jaxson, Avalyn, Landon, Jonathan Jr., Devin and a great-grandson due in August; and 15 step-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Pam Alexander; brother, George T. (Virginia) Drew, Jr; sister-in-law, Catherine (Carroll) Henning and brother-in-law, Robert L. Henning; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert in 2000; daughter, Sheryl Whitehead in 2002, sons, Patrick Alexander in 1976 and Timothy Alexander in 2009; granddaughter, Sherri in infancy; brothers and sisters-in-law, James (Grace) Alexander and Marie (Bernard) Flood and sister-in-law Margaret Henning.
A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held. Burial will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Albany.
Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Pleasant View Nursing Home for their loving care and compassion during Gloria’s stay there.