Sister Gloria Portolano was born in Queens to Gaspar and Ida Portolano. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 8, 1059.
Gloria attended Brentwood College and earned a BS in Education. Her early ministry was as a teacher of the primary grades in parish schools in Brooklyn and Queens. She then began to so clerical work in Cleary School for the Deaf and secretarial work in various institutions. For several years Gloria was personal secretary to the General Superior and worked in the generalate.
Sister Gloria Marie Portolano, CSJ died on August 10, 2017 in the 58th year of her religious life.