OXFORD – Gloria J. (Swanson) Provencal, 85, of Depot Road, died Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT. She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Donald H. Provencal of Oxford who died in 2006. She is survived by three children, Ronald Provencal and his wife Marjorie of Ormond Beach, FL, Julie Warblow and her husband Bruce of Thompson, CT, and Paula Bleau and her husband Kenneth of Quinebaug, CT; a brother, Dana J. Swanson and his wife Louise of Oxford; nine grandchildren, Mandy Orlowski, Cory Orlowski and his spouse Stephanie, Cody Orlowski, Bruce Warblow Jr. and his spouse Jamie, Jason Bleau, Derek Bleau and his spouse Victoria, Sarah Provencal and her spouse Christine, Kristen Bub and her spouse Andrew, and Richard Fischpera; six great-grandchildren, Leland, Dallas, Trenton, Finley, Hannah, and Olivia; and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by a daughter, Diane M. Provencal; and a brother, Arthur H. Swanson. She was born in Worcester, daughter of the late Arthur and Gweneth (Butterfield) Swanson, and lived in Shrewsbury before moving to Oxford in 1961. She graduated from Worcester Girls Trade High School in 1955.
Mrs. Provencal worked as a waitress at the New Yorker Restaurant in Auburn for several years. She was a member of St. Ann’s Church in North Oxford and was a former member and past president of St. Ann’s Guild. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Woman’s Auxiliary. Mrs. Provencal was a member of the Trailblazers Camping Club and belonged to several snowmobile clubs. She enjoyed spending winters in Zephyrhills, FL. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at St. Ann’s Church, 652 Main St., North Oxford. Those attending are respectfully requested to meet directly at the church. Burial will be private at a later date. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann’s Church, P.O. Box 488, North Oxford, MA 01537. Paradis-Givner Funeral Home in Oxford is directing the arrangements.