Gloria Ann Grzebien
PAWTUCKET - Gloria Ann Grzebien was born September 15, 1948 in Providence to the late Edward and Carolyn (Borek) Grzebien. She is survived by her cousins, Vivian Borek of Quincy, MA and Rosalie Borek of Worcester, MA.
She attended Boston Conservatory of Music and was a graduate of Roger Williams University. Gloria studied photography with Angelo Marinosel at the Urban Education Center and has had showings in various galleries in RI. Being very active in her community, she helped to mobilize the resources of the community to fight poverty by organizing a program in Pawtucket for which she received the Blackstone Valley Community Action Award in 1968; co-founder of Save The Park whereby she was instrumental in closing the Slater Park Zoo and relocating the animals including Fanny, the elephant to animal sanctuaries nationwide and volunteered in the Probation Program.
Gloria was a member of the Polish Subcommittee of the RI Heritage Cultural Commission; the first joint project being between Polish and Jewish people of Rhode Island; honored Janusz Korczak (Henryk Goldschmidt) who perished in Treblinka death camp. She was a member of the Pawtucket Bi-Centennial Commission and the Pawtucket Parks Commission when first re-created in the 1990s. Gloria also wrote many Letters to the Editor published in the Providence Journal and The Times on a variety of topics.
A celebration of Gloria's life will be held on Saturday, April 26th at 10 a.m. in the Historic Swan Point Chapel, 585 Blackstone Blvd., Providence. Donations in Gloria's name may be made to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904.