Glory Stack, 66, passed away at her home on Wednesday afternoon, August 5, 2020, after a hard fought seven-month fight for life after an operation that did not go as planned. Born in Beloit, Wisconsin on December 18, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Joanne and Elmer Sumka.
Glory was known as a kind and thoughtful person, while always standing up for what she wanted and was always competitive. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, graduating from Rutgers University, the only female in her graduating class. As part of that class, she was selected to join a National Student Competition Team. They designed and flew a small plane, utilizing a Volkswagen engine they rebuilt. Her team won 1st place in the competition, beating MIT. She was the first female to be hired to the GE Industrial Turbine Technical Marketing team, a position she was first told was not “proper” for a woman.
She continued a career at several large companies and regional businesses, including starting her own franchise business. From a group of over a dozen new franchises, Glory’s was the only franchise to last more than a year and the only one to be profitable. She was also the director of a local Dublin Ohio City Arts Council. She ended her professional career to take care of her mom, who became a widow and eventually suffered from Alzheimer’s. Helping her mom battle Alzheimer’s was her biggest fight until her own personal fight. Glory’s main disappointment in life was not becoming a Life Master in ACBL Bridge, another 6 months and she would have made it.
Glory was a faithful and active member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. Her faith was strong, and she greatly enjoyed her weekly Bible study sessions.
Glory managed to tent camp in 48 of our National Parks, as well as travel around the world: Israel, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Greece, the Baltic, Scandinavia, Ireland, the UK, the Caribbean, Cambodia, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos, Machu Picchu and even Canada…
Glory was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband of 40 years, J. Fred Stack; her brother, Jim M. Sumka and his wife, Erin of Basking Ridge, NJ; her niece, Niki and nephew, James.
Funeral services for Mrs. Stack are eleven o’clock, Wednesday morning, August 12, 2020 in the Shuler Funeral Home Chapel, 125 Orr’s Camp Road, Hendersonville, NC with Father Christian Cook officiating. The family will receive guests from 10:00 – 10:45 AM prior to the service in the funeral home. Inurnment will be two o’clock, Thursday afternoon, August 13, 2020 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville, NC.
Those wanting to promote the memory of Glory and some of her traits — Kindness to all, Dedication to cause, Competitiveness to win and high Integrity, please consider donating to the Glory Stack Memorial Scholarship Fund (524 Courtland Blvd, PO Box 998 Mountain Home NC 28758-0658) which provides Scholarship funding for two individuals from Henderson County, at a four year college or university.
Glory will be forever missed by her loving and devoted husband, family, and many dear friends. May God Grant Her Eternal Rest.
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Time: 11:00 am
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm
Forest Lawn Memorial Park & Mausoleum
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