in loving memory of Gloria Dunetz

Author: Julie Matthews
August 22, 2010

Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews

Director of Content & Social Media at The Side-Out Foundation
Julie blogs about her personal experience with leukemia and life from a patient’s perspective.She also writes about Side-Out news and events.She is a race walker, a dog lover, and a dedicated #bearcam watcher.
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Gloria Dunetz, the mother of founder Rick Dunetz, succumbed to breast cancer Friday August 20th, 2010 in her home in Fairfax, VA.

Gloria was the inspiration behind Side-Out, but more than that, she was a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will forever be an example of strength and grace for all those who knew her, and her memory will inspire continued efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.

Not talkin’ ’bout a year
no not three or four
I don’t want that kind of forever
in my life anymore
forever always seems
to be around when it begins
but forever never seems
to be around when it ends
so give me your forever
please your forever
not a day less will do
from you

– Ben Harper from the song Forever


  • Julie Detjen

    Rick-surely a wonderful spirit and inspiration for us all. Our thoughts are with you and the rest of your family.
    Teams of the Tomahawk Conference (MN)

  • Lizanne Flowers

    I am so sorry to read this. Makes me sad. A part of my history has lovingly departed.

    If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact anyone in our family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Mary Kay Flowers / Muders

    To your whole family, I wish you all the best in strength from the loss of Gloria. She still lives on in everything that she touched, in all that she did, in every gesture she made. You will still see that if you look for it. Peace be with you.

  • Lisa Schutzer

    My beautiful aunt will be greatly missed and always remembered.

  • Gloria was a wonderful friend of mine for probably at least 50 years. She is a great part of my history. In her battle against breast ca. she showed incredible strength. She fought it till the very end.
    She was so greatly loved .. She always told me about her “rock” Bryant. who I always referred to as Gorgeous.
    She is in my heart forever.
    May she rest in peace beloved by many.

  • Bryant.. You were a devoted and caring husband. You always went the extra mile for Gloria. Not a conversation went by that she didn’t talk about you to me..
    I know your family and friends are eternally graeful to you as am I.
    Thank You
    with Much Love

  • Irene Linet

    My sister-in-law, Gloria put up a valiant and courageous fight. May the loving memories that you share help to lessen the pain of her passing. She will always be an inspiration to me and others.

  • Debra and Dean Merrill

    We are grieving with you on the loss of your Gloria. She brought grace, sunshine and hope to all she met. Our prayers are with you all.

  • Gayle Jameson

    Dear Rick, Bryant and family, On behalf of the Side Out Study team, we offer our sadness and sympathy in the loss of Gloria. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Also know that we are working very hard to find a cure for this disease. The current ongoing clinical trial is an important next step in unravelling the cellular mysteries of breast cancer. Contributions to the Side Out Foundation will make a difference.

  • Jean Rowe

    Dear “Bry” as Gloria always called you,

    Getting to know you and your family through my “sunshine” friend will stay with me the rest of my life, and if it weren’t for her horrible desease, it may never have happened. Go figure??

    We called Fridays, “our days”, as we would usually go to Estate Sales, thrift shops or wherever our whims took us on Fridays. Of course we would manage a get together on other days too, not to mention the telephone.

    I learned so much from her about antiques, collectibles, compassion and how to be strong and good company, even when she felt like…………..!

    I thank God she came into my life, and respect her for choosing the time she must leave, and as I whispered in her ear, we will meet again down the road.

    Love to you and your family,

    Jean and Mel

  • Coach Molly

    Our thoughts and pink spirit is with you!
    (Kennett High School Volleyball

  • Bill and Dorothy Dowdy

    What a life, what a family! Even when she was incapacitated, Gloria gave so much. We are grateful to have known her humor,spunkiness, talent, keen intelligence and love of family, horses and beauty. Above all, Gloria showed us how to live triumphantly, meeting challenges head-on.


    Bill and Dorothy

  • Courtney

    Thanks for sharing this great photo of Gloria and for all the incredible work you and Rick do! My thoughts are with you.


  • Jeff Dunetz

    To My Brother Bry, Ray, Kevin, Rick. Your wife and mom is a great person and would always lend an ear, and always cook me a good meal.We will never forget, and always remember.She will always be with you.

  • My life is the better for having known Gloria. She inspired so many ~ her family, friends and total strangers to join togehter and make a difference in cancer survivorship.

    Seems like just a few short weeks ago that we sat out in her beautiful garden and admired its beauty! She was a vision of grace and serenity.

    Lives will be changed for the better for years to come because of her valiant battle and inspiration.

    Joanne Royaltey
    Director, Leadership Giving
    Life with Cancer

  • Our thoughts and prays are with you and your family. We will all keep fighting the good fight. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Alexandra Bader

    And he said:

    You would know the secret of death.

    But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?

    The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.

    If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.

    For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

    In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;

    And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.

    Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

    Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.

    Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?

    Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

    For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

    And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

    Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

    And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.

    And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

    – Khalil Gibran

    And I know Aunt Glo is dancing…love you.

  • Mike Bader

    With loving thoughts of my wonderful Aunt Gloria. She will be missed but always fondly remembered. Love, Mike

  • Laura & Bruce Smith

    Bryant–We are grieving with you and keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Gloria handled her illness with such grace and dignity–she led an amazing life. Please let us know if we can help with the horses or anything else.

  • Rick & Amy Henneberg

    We are thinking of your family at this time and remembering Gloria and how she touched so many lives! We will always reemember how beautiful she was at our wedding over 10 years ago as she danced the night away with Bryant by her side – such a special memory.

  • Louise Levine

    I will remember Gloria as being a beautiful person inside as well as outside. She will be missed.

  • Mike Lincoln

    Bryant, I have fond memories of going out to dinner with you and Gloria. She was always a joy to be around. You could always tell that the two of you were soul mates. You and your family are in our prayers.

  • Laura & Bruce Smith

    Bryant and family–we were very sad to hear the news. What a wonderful lady. Please let us know if their is anything we can do for you. You remain in our prayers.

  • Rick we are deeply sorry for your loss. You and and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all you do.
    Merrimack HS Volleyball

  • Adrienne Cohen

    Aunt Gloria was one of the most special people I have had the honor of knowing. In our chats through the years, although unfortunately not recently, I was touched by her poise, honesty, and appreciation. I was very saddened to hear of her passing. I send strength and love to Uncle Bryant, Ray, Kevin and Rick. She gushed when she spoke of you! My thoughts are truly with you all, and I will never forget her.

  • Leslie

    Your mother and you were an inspiration to us all. I am truly sorry for your loss, but know that her courage and strength made us all better for having known the two of you. Thanks for all you’ve done and know that we will continue to fight the fight.

  • Rick, I was so sorry to hear the news about your mother. I know she must have been very proud of you and what you have accomplished in the fight for a cure. You and your family will be in my prayers.

    Denise and Will C. Wood Volleyball

  • Mark Kotishion

    I met Gloria over 25 years ago at an art deco show in DC., since then we were good friends. Gloria introduced me to her husband Bryant and her family, I played cocktail piano at her sons wedding. We worked together on selling vintage perfume bottles and deco items, during that time I gained another Mother and a big Sister all in one. Her family and friends called her “Glo” and she certainly did. Just to hear her voice on the answering machine was an instant cheer-up. Look at that picture posted of her and you see it. I really thought Gloria would beat this cancer, she certainly transcended it. I still feel the glow of this wonderful person, and feel that I can still call her at our regular afternoon time for our talk about ebay, politics, etc. I will see you later on. With much love for Gloria Dunetz and her family. Mark Kotishion

  • Rick, my thoughts and prayers are with you following the loss of your mother. My little brother Eddie is a stage IV cancer victim right now and my family and I are doing some soul-searching.


  • Rich Bienkowski

    Bryant, Gloria was filled with the joy of life, loving and courageous, she will be missed.

    “When you are sorrowful look again to your Heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has brought you delight”

    Cousin Rich