In Remembrance of Gloria M. Dinner

Gloria M. Dinner

Gloria M. Dinner

Scranton, PA May 27, 1924 ~ December 17, 2013 Date of Service: December 20, 2013


Gloria M. Dinner, 89, of Scranton, died Tuesday at home. After marrying her husband, Marvine L. Dinner, in 1946, the couple settled in Scranton, Pa., where they raised their family and she resided for the past 67 years. Her beloved Marvine passed away in 1991.


Born in Birmingham, Alabama, to the late Louis and Selma Blank Maring, Gloria relocated with her family to St. Petersburg, Florida, before moving north upon her marriage to Marvine. A member of Temple Hesed, she received the Megillat Kavod Scroll of Honor in 1998 from the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, "for her example of bringing justice, kindness and peace to our troubled world." Active in many ways at temple, she was seen as a role model of how to extend the warmth of a greeting to strangers and compassion to those in need. Gloria served the synagogue for many years and in many roles, as board member, Sisterhood board member, cemetery chairwoman, Worship Committee member and Social Action Committee co-chairwoman, in which capacity she coordinated the temple's volunteer program at the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen. She also volunteered in the temple office. Additionally, she served on the boards of both the Jewish Home of Northeast Pa. and the Jewish Community Center, where she was honored as Woman of the Year. In addition, she was an active Woman of Reform Judaism, having served as an officer and director. Gloria also devoted attention to the local Ronald McDonald House and Marywood University's Institute for Senior Learners. Above all, however, family was her number one priority, and her grandchildren were her pride and joy.


Surviving are sons, Atty. Gary L. Dinner and wife, Sherry, of Orange, Ohio; and Dr. Mark E.W. Dinner and wife, Andrea, of Sugarloaf, Pa.; grandchildren, Stephanie Dinner; David Dinner and wife, Elizabeth; and Steven Dinner and wife, Maria; a brother, Louis Maring and wife, Tiffany of Birmingham, Ala.; brother-in-law, Donald Swaab of Philadelphia; nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Swaab.


The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 East Drinker St., Dunmore, with services by Rabbi Daniel Swartz. Friends will be received from noon until 1 p.m. Interment to follow in the Temple Hesed Cemetery, Dunmore.


Friends will be received during shiva at 550 Clay Ave., Apt. 9A, Scranton, on Saturday evening from 7-9 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that memorial contributions be made to Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Rd., Scranton, PA 18505; or to the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503.



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