Maria Gloria Martinez, 73 of Valparaiso, IN, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, September 2, 2023. She was born November 23, 1949, in Los Fresnos, TX to Isidro and Maria Petra (Zuniga) Ramirez. Gloria made her career as a Medical Assistant in Taylor, MI for many years before her retirement. She was a lifelong Catholic, and a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Gloria was happiest when the whole family was together, and looked forward to vacations with the family and trips to Texas. She also found great enjoyment in thrift store shopping and going to garage sales. Gloria will be remembered as a natural caregiver who always put the needs of others before her own. She will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew her.
On June 4, 1969, in Texas, Gloria married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Marcelino Martinez, who survives, along with their daughters: Sandra (Troy) Martinez-Turner of Valparaiso, IN and Christina Martinez of Trenton, MI; grandsons: Michael “Mikey” Evans and Thomas “Tommy” (Cortney) Young; siblings: Isidro Ramirez Jr., Reynaldo Ramirez, Rodolfo Ramirez, Rosalinda Lopez, and Roberto Ramirez; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings: Ruben Ramirez and Raquel Ramirez.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Road, Valparaiso, IN, with a memorial service beginning at 2:30 p.m. Click here to watch the recorded memorial service. Memorial donations may be made in Gloria’s name to Dunes Hospice, 4711 Evans Avenue, Valparaiso, IN 46383. A celebration of Gloria’s life will be planned for a later date in Texas.
Our deepest condolences. Tia Gloria was a wonderful Tia with lots of love and wisdom I will miss her dearly. Prayers to tio Chelin, Sandra, Christina and the entire family. Love, -Melissa, Jacob, Nathan and Ezra Martinez
Our condolences to all the families affected by this sad loss of Gloria. She was a wonderful, giving, loving person. Always thought of everyone else first. She will forever be in our hearts. We miss you already. We love you. Will always remember your smile. -Santos and Ninfa Martinez
I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family on the passing of your loved one. -From the Maria Peña Family
Sandra and family, my sincerely condolences to you. I am grateful that I was able to spend time with Tia Gloria on a few occasions and enjoy her gentle spirit and laughter. May memories of your time together be a blessing to all of you. -Christine Baese
Dear Christina, may God bless you, dad, sis and your entire family. All of you have our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers. -Cindy and Jeff Kubera
My deepest heart felt condolences to the entire family! Gloria (mom) Martinez was the most sweetest warm, welcoming, Loving woman I have ever had in my life. I feel so Blessed to have had her in my life and to be able to see and feel the Love of an incredible mother and human being! Christina and Sandra she will always walk with you! Such a beautiful angel she will be and always has been! Wish I could be there to hug you guys tight! And dad too! My heart is so heavy and I am with you in spirit! Love you All! -Richelle
My deepest sympathies to the whole family… Tia Goya was a beautiful soul indeed so caring and loving . I was reminiscing the other night when she would call daddy on the weekends and spend hours on end just talking and joking around. My prayers and thoughts are with you always.. -Ruby Ramirez
My deepest heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother Gloria. I am sure I speak for most of the cousins but we will always remember her and keep her in our memories there’s some good ones there . All of you are in my prayers and thoughts. -Sincerely Olivia Zuniga Zeinelabdin