Gloria M. (Reiker) Story, 90, formerly of Apple Street, Essex, and
devoted wife of forty-three years to the late Edwin Story, died
Monday January 15, 2018 in the Kaplan Family Hospice, Danvers.
Born in Beverly, April 17, 1927, the only child of the late Charles
J. and Mary E. (McDermott) Reiker, she was a 1944 graduate of Saint
Mary’s High School. She continued her education at Burdett College,
graduating in 1947. Mrs. Story began her career as the medical
secretary to Dr. Ross and Dr. Hart of Beverly. After settling with
her husband and family in Essex, she served as the Secretary to the
Essex Board of Selectmen for twenty years. As an active and devoted
member of the community, Mrs. Story served on many boards and
committees, including the Board of Library Trustees, Council on
Aging, Essex Housing Authority for fourteen years, and the Essex
Senior Citizens Club where she served as President.
In her youth, Mrs. Story enjoyed summers at her family’s camp on
Pleasant Pond in Wenham. She was an accomplished pianist and taught
piano to children in her home. She was an avid reader, and could
often be found reading or playing piano in her favorite “piano
She is survived by a son, Lyndon R. Story of Essex; three daughters,
Kendra Story of Danvers, Roberta Tyack and her husband Bill of
Hamilton, Alicia Piscitello of Boston, four grandchildren, Mary
Morrow and her husband Daniel of Ipswich, Brendan Piscitello and
his wife Jennifer of Danvers, Kaitlyn Piscitello of Gloucester,
Devan Story of Danvers and five great grandchildren, Addeline,
Bradley, Brooke, Benjamin, and Brianna. She was the mother of the
late Thomas R. Crowley and former wife of the late Corneilius F.
An hour of visitation from 10 am will precede her 11 am funeral
service Saturday January 20 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6
High St., Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.
Interment in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex will follow. Memorial
contributions in her name may be made to the Michael Heitz Memorial
Fund, c/o Beverly Bank, 48 Enon St., Beverly, MA 01915.