Former PJ principal Gloria Shope, 70, passes away

To all alumni, graduate parents, current parents, former and current faculty,
It is with great regret and indeed heartfelt sadness that Pope John High School sends the sad news of the passing of Gloria Shope, former teacher, guidance counselor, vice principal, and principal. Gloria passed away early on Aug. 19. She was 70. Although Gloria's health was not the best these past few years, yet we are still shocked by her passing.
Being her true self, she was resilient, upbeat, and cheerful right to the very end. Gloria set quite an example for all during her suffering and illness - bearing it all with grace and dignity. She was certainly an "Honor to the Father."
She is now at peace - peace this world cannot give. She is gone no further from us than to God and God is very near.
Gloria thanks for the great memories.
Arrangements are being coordinated through Goble Funeral Home and Our Lady of the Lake Church.
The high school yearbook was dedicated to Gloria in 2013 and below is the inscription from it:
Mrs. Shope is a native of Saddlebrook, NJ. She earned her undergraduate degree at Caldwell College and spent time studying at the Sorbonne. She went on to earn two master's degrees, one in guidance/counseling and one in administration/supervision.
She is the proud mother of two sons David and Ryan and a very cherished grandmother. Her beloved husband Randy, has passed into eternal life; he is remembered at graduation every year with a Key Club Scholarship.
Mrs. Shope started teaching at Pope John in 1983. Initially a French and Spanish teacher, she made the transition to the Guidance Department and then became an administrator, first as vice-principal then as principal. Over the past thirty years, her commitment to Pope John has been steadfast. Her door is always open to students, parents, and staff. She is a tireless supporter of PJ students never missing a play or concert, always cheering at countless games every year, and enthusiastically attending every Gold Award and Eagle Scout ceremony to which she is invited. Her dear friend and faculty member Mrs. Hurd says, "She and I always travel with folding chairs in the trunks of our cars along with warm blankets and sunscreen - that way we're ready for any weather!"
Truly Mrs. Shope is a shining example of the "glad and generous heart" Father McHugh asks us all to have. She has helps thousands of students in her tenure at our school, and her continuing years of service and leadership are an inspiration to the entire Pope John community.
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