OSWEGO — Gloria McLain, 93, passed away June 7, 2019, at Autumn Leaves Memory Care in Oswego, following an extended illness.
She was born Nov. 7, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Peter and Jean Olga Cautilli. She graduated from East Stroudsburg Teachers College with a degree in education. She later obtained her master' degree in education from the University of South Florida.
She married Wylie McLain Jr. on Dec. 31, 1949, in Arcadia, Fla., and they had a son, Stephen, in 1953. Wylie passed away on June 21, 2006.
Gloria taught both junior high and high school, first in Arcadia, Fla., and later in St. Petersburg, Fla. She taught art, history and later focused on mathematics during her 35-year career. Both before and during retirement, many former students approached her and expressed appreciation for being in her classes.
In retirement, Wylie and Gloria traveled to visit their grandchildren in Houston, Texas, and Bloomington. They also visited family in North Carolina and Philadelphia. Gloria learned line dancing and joined "The Posse" in dancing at events in town. She also learned to sail and enjoyed their boat, the "Sea Sea," with Wylie at Pinellas Point in St. Petersburg.
Gloria was a longstanding member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, as well as the South Pinellas and Florida chapters of the Retired Teachers Association.
Surviving are her son, Stephen (Sherilyn) McLain, Yorkville; grandchildren, Christina (Eric) McCroskey, Plainfield, and Matthew (Kim) McLain, Phoenix, Ariz.; along with two great-grandchildren.
Her service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Merna, 1001 N. Towanda Barnes Road, Bloomington. Final interment will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 5233 118th Ave. N., Clearwater, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice.