Gloria Barnes Tolentino, 87 years old, born on March 12, 1935, passed away peacefully on the morning of January 8, 2023 surrounded by loved ones in Sacramento, CA.
Gloria is survived by her husband of 63 years, Eduardo Tolentino; 6 children: Edgar Tolentino (Sonia), Alfredo Tolentino (Anna Pagan), Gerardo “Gerry” Tolentino (Irma), Geraldine “Gigi” Gillen (Matt Gillen), Arnaldo Tolentino (Joy), and Emeline “Mimi” Alvarez; 18 grandchildren: Jenavie Cahilig (Carlito Cahilig), Jeramie Tolentino, Justin Tolentino (Mahala Morata), Krystle Johnson (Josh Johnson), Inno Tolentino, Krysteena Tolentino (Vince Chu), Lorena Wilson (Jason Wilson), Katreena Tolentino, Ame Lawson (Makai Lawson), Cris Alvarez, PJ Alvarez, Dr. Alex Tolentino Gillen, Erielle Tolentino, Kayla Tolentino, Jacob Tolentino, Pauline Alvarez, Jerrod Tolentino and Mariah Tolentino; 10 great grandchildren: Grace Agpalasin, Cali Cahilig, Jalani Alvarez, Jade Alvarez, Dimitri Wilson, Constantine Lawson, Julius Lawson, Miles Johnson, Jio Tolentino, and Lilah Johnson; and her youngest brother, George Barnes.
Lola Glory (as her grand and great grandchildren lovingly called her) married Lolo Eddie on March 22, 1959. In 1971, Lola joined Lolo in The States, settling in the Sunset District of San Francisco, CA before calling Daly City, CA home in 1978. There in the Canterbury house they raised their 6 children and ultimately their grandchildren until 2009 when they moved to Sacramento where they spent their retirement years.
Gloria retired from Levi’s Strauss in 2000. She was an extremely talented seamstress and pattern-maker, sharing her skills with her daughters and granddaughters. On countless occasions she made clothes for the family based on an idea she had of a style, fit and a sketch pad. You could hear her sewing machine well into the night and heaps of material on the dining room table long after everyone went off to bed.
Her talent extended into the kitchen where you would always find her preparing meals for the entire family and making her famous home-made mammon. Food was her love language; she always ensured you had a hot meal and a full belly. And you always knew you had a secret stash when she made your favorite dish. She shared her recipes with love and pride: never using measurements, but relying solely on sight and taste.
As a devout Catholic she personified righteousness; her unwavering faith held her family together in dire times from which the family came out stronger. She was selfless as a mother could be. Her selflessness was unparalleled and had unconditional love for her grandchildren and great- grandchildren who she ensured never went without. There was a stern tenderness in the way she raised her family; she held each in the highest regard because they are all truly an extension of her. She wanted to believe they could do no wrong but was aware of their imperfections. She trusted that whichever path they chose, it would lead them to their purpose. She did not rush or pressure them to meet life milestones; only offered guidance and insight when she felt appropriate.
Lola Glory will be sorely missed. Deeply admired. Forever loved.
Please join us in remembrance and prayer.
Viewing and funeral services will be live streamed and recorded-this information will follow.
Viewing- Thursday, January 19, 2023 and Friday, January 20, 2023 from 4-9pm
East Lawn Sierra Hills Chapel, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento CA 95841
Funeral Mass- Saturday, January 21, 2023, 12:30pm
Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 2231 Club Center Dr., Sacramento, CA 95835
Following mass, drive to East Lawn Sierra Hills at St Francis plot for graveside burial and final resting place.
Following burial, Dinner Reception at
Lucky Jade Restaurant, 7007 S Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95831.