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The Laosa family matriarch passed away with family at her side in the early hours of Good Friday, April 14, 2017, in Austin.

Born in Havana, Cuba, May 13, 1921, she grew up there and on the family farm as an only child to Miguel Angel and Gloria Cuervo Moro. Later graduated from La Imaculada, also in Havana, with a degree in home economics, about the time she met her first and only love, Luis Homero Laosa. They married on her twenty fourth birthday, May 13, 1945.

Gloria and Luis began their life together in Havana but at Gloria's insistence, in 1961, immigrated with their children to the United States in the midst of the communist revolution in Cuba. Within days of arriving in the US, they moved to Austin which was their home since 1961.

During the difficult transition to life in a new country, she was the family rock and its compass. Always positive and pointing out the good in all things, she graciously carried that trait until her last days. No problem or challenge was too great to overtake her positive outlook on life. Her faith was deep. She always said, "God has been very good, I have no complaints."

She had a way to make each one of us feel special. In fact, SHE was the special one. She was a force of nature. Not a small one.

Husband, Luis, predeceased her. She is survived by sons, Luis, Richard and Mike (Caryn) Laosa and nephew Luis Consuegra (Lissette); grandchildren, Yvonne, Michael, Jennifer, Sean, James, Adrienne & Kassandra; and five great-grandchildren, Kylie, Nikolai, Russell, Luca and Hudson.

Graveside Services will be at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Assumption Cemetery, 3650 South Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Austin, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations honoring Gloria, to Austin State Hospital Volunteer Services (ashvolunteers.org) or Austin Pets Alive (austinpetsalive.org)