Gloria D. Laporta

Gloria D. Laporta, 80, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Born in Syracuse, NY on May 31, 1937, she was the daughter of John and Grace Scibilia. She moved to this area in 1972.

After raising her children, Gloria volunteered for the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council. She became a fixture at the soup kitchen in the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs, NY working six days a week for 26 years. Gloria enjoyed cooking and people, so the soup kitchen became her passion.

Gloria is survived by her husband Carmen and their children Lorrie Hanington (Jeff), David Laporta (Christina) and Sue Malatesta (Jeff); grandchildren Valorie Cook (Jim), Lydia Hanington, Maria Laporta, Carmella Laporta, Anthony Laporta, Giovanni Malatesta, Angelina Malatesta; sisters Shirley Bialobreski (John) and Linda Scibilia-Carver (Mark); and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2pm Saturday, March 24 at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Gloria may be made to EOC Soup Kitchen.

Guest Book

Mike Monroe

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Laporta's passing. She was one of my lawn customers for over 10 years. I will miss her cheering personality. RIP Side Job Mike

Sharon and Dan Fruscio

Sue, so sorry to hear about your Mom. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.... sending hugs. RIP to her.

Claire Hannah

With tears in my eyes and a smile I face, I say, "Job Well Done, Gloria!! Now you can rest....." We of the Soup Kitchen Family will always love and miss you. Good Bye My Friend.


Dear Lorrie and Family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. My prayers are with you all at this time.

Jeff Brings

I was devastated to find out today that Gloria passed away. I remember her fondly and always thought of her as one of my best friends when I visited the EOC Soup Kitchen. She was such a kind soul and was always so good to me. I will truly miss her and will remember her always.

Jean Klob

Sue, Jeff, Giovanni and Angelina, I am so sorry for your loss. Know that Nana will always be by your side and looking down upon you. My prayers and love go out to you all at this time of grief

Sharon and Dan Fruscio & Family

Sue and Family... So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Valorie Cook

My Nana taught me by example to never judge a book by its cover. To be understanding and compassionate of others circumstances and in turn, be thankful for everything I had in my life. From food in my stomach to having loving people surrounding and backing me in my life. I had the pleasure of watching her walk into the kitchen and light up everyones faces in the room with a smile. She served everyone else up to the very end of her life. In my lifetime, I can only aspire to have a fraction of the impact she did on so many lives.

As my grandma, my friends knew her as "the cool lady with sunglasses." She was the smiling face greeting you after a band concert, she'd stare in awe at the crazy artwork we'd bring home from school and best of all, she'd let us watch Nickelodeon because we didn't have cable. We'd go on dates to Ponderosa and afterward we'd get to pick one item out at the dollar store & it was the best night ever. She'd listen to my little girl problems without judgment and reassure me that one day I'll look back and laugh. To this day, I don't stand in/on/around man-holes for fear that I might fall in after Nana insisted that you can fall in. Watching her play piano at Christmas time and singing Gloria with a big fat smile is how I'll remember her. Whenever I eat Chex mix, which will probably be not very often now, I will think of her and smile, because that was always our appetizer while she cooked and socialized.

She was an amazing person & I loved her very much. I'll miss her dearly.

Mary Beth Truman

She greeted everyone with a smile, and a hug if she took herself away for a brief moment from the task at hand: feeding those who were hungry. Tireless, selfless, and indispensable. The city of Saratoga Springs is diminished with her passing.

Ruth Ann Messick

A Saint that walked the Earth in Saratoga Springs has gone to Heaven. For 26 years she was a volunteer 6 days a week and created food from scratch to feed any and all who showed up. One man who's a fussy eater did not know what the soup was a few months ago but he went up for more. It was potato leek soup. What soup kitchen do you know that has food like that?

I think the expression "Rub 2 beans together" to make a meal started with her because she used veggies, especially kale, and everything healthy to be sure everyone had good nutrition."

She was a legend who did so much more than anyone else to care for people, including those who were wealthy. We were rich from knowing her. She didn't come up to some people's shoulders but was a giant in caring every day.

No matter how busy she was she would listen and hug people. Many of the homeless have not been around family for years. To them, her hugs were better than the food for their empty stomachs.

I'm praying for her family. She was one of the most special people on this Earth and will be missed by thousands.

And a voice said "My precious daughter your work is done and I’m pleased. Come home now there’s thousands of souls who you’ve fed who want to greet you."

The definition of FRIEND is GLORIA Love you