Gloria (Velgot) Lampugnale, age 91, of Trumbull, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2021, surrounded by family. Truly one-of-a-kind, she was born in McAdoo, PA , to the late Stanley and Marie Velgot, whom she adored and considered her best friends. Always one to make the most of her educational experiences, she received her Associate's Degree from the University of Bridgeport, where she not only served on the Queen's Court of the Wisteria Festival and rabble-roused as a Theta Epsilon sorority sister, but also met her husband of 61 years, the late Leonard M. Lampugnale Sr., at a mixer at the university's Newman Club, where the two were members. The connection was instant, and the two built a house in Trumbull where Gloria resided into her '90s.Before her marriage, Gloria was a valuable employee of People's Bank, an experience she talked about with pride her entire life. Her yearly stint as the company's Santa Claus -- complete with costume and beard -- was an especially happy memory for her. In addition to juggling the upbringing of three children, Gloria worked in the Records Division of the Trumbull Police Department, was an active member of the Women's Club at St. Stephen's Church, and appeared with her husband in several Parents' Cabaret productions at St. Joseph High School where her children attended school. She somehow also found time to perfect her spaghetti sauce and lasagna recipes, make delectable beef stew, homemade macaroni-and-cheese, and her signature jelly thumbprint cookies, plus create from-scratch, beautifully decorated birthday cakes every year for all three children. One of her favorite outings was the yearly Memorial Day Parade in Trumbull where she could be seen swaying to the marching bands and cheering for the fire company members, first with her young children, and later with her grandchildren by her side. Even after her retirement, Gloria continued to say yes to an active lifestyle by playing the piano, frying pound upon pound of breaded chicken legs for her daughters' game nights, sneaking treats to the family dogs, and playing bingo at the Monroe Senior Center. And, of course, she never missed even one of the countless sporting events, dance recitals, theater, and musical performances of her eight grandchildren! Most of all, she cherished the time spent at Cape Cod with her husband, children, and grandchildren. This was her truly "happy place."Gloria was predeceased by her beloved husband Leonard M. Lampugnale Sr. and her brother Stanley James Velgot. She is survived by her devoted children, Nancy Lessard and her husband Brian, Lisa Lampugnale, Leonard Lampugnale Jr. and his wife Shari; her sister (and one of her soulmates) Bernardine Butcaris; her cherished grandchildren, Blaise, Cy, Luke, Jesse, Eve and Tanner Lampugnale, and Emily and Alec Lessard, plus many nieces and nephews. They will all miss her lively conversations, her animated storytelling, and her wit, not to mention her killer Apples to Apples skills.Gloria's family would like to extend its eternal thanks to the entire staff at Seacrest Retirement Home in West Haven, CT, where she spent the last few months of her life (especially Tracy, Emma, and Louis ("her people")), and to the people at Always Best Care Senior Services who helped her live comfortably in her home for the past several years (especially Nadine, Linda, and Barbara).Friends and family are invited to attend a walk-through wake on Tuesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Rd., Trumbull, CT. with a prayer service to follow. Masks are required. Kindly practice social distancing guidelines. Gloria's funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephen's Church, 6948 Main St., Trumbull. Interment to follow in Long Hill Cemetery, Trumbull.To leave an online condolence, please visit www.mullinsfh.com.
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