Gloria Rezazadeh Maltes, age 83, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Belmont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Madison Wisconsin.

She was born on September 3, 1929 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico the daughter of Ulpiano Maltes and Rosa Maltes Vega. Gloria earned a Bachelors degree in Education from the University of Puerto Rico--Rio Piedras. She then came to the United States and attended Indiana University in Bloomington. She graduated Cum Laude with two Masters--one in Library Science and the other in Linguistics. She also earned a PhD doing her dissertation on the viability of bilingual education--at the time a "cutting edge" concept. For many years, Gloria was a Professor and Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Gloria was very active in Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary professional society of women educators. Gloria had a passion for promoting cultural diversity and inter-cultural understanding. She was involved in many activities concerning cultural diversity at UW-Platteville being a tireless volunteer for multicultural and international student events. She especially loved working on these activities with her dear friend and cousin through marriage Mahi Tandon. Gloria was honored to be appointed by Governor Thompson to serve on the State Affirmative Action Council. Gloria retired from UW-Platteville in 1995. Gloria was a cheerful, energetic, optimistic person that always looked at the bright side of things. As a Christian, she considered service to others her most important mission. She helped countless, students, coworkers, friends and persons in need financially, tutoring, mentoring and just lending an understanding, nonjudgmental ear. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Gloria is survived by her three birth children; Farshad Maltes of Madison, Farnaz Krafft of West Bend and Faryad Rezazadeh of Chicago. She is also survived by Farhad Rezazadeh of Rockford, IL., her stepson that she accepted into the family as her own son. Gloria has four grandchildren, Arthur, Anna, Zhian and Raiyuan. She is also survived by her ex-husband Reza Rezazadeh and many other loving family and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Belmont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Heartland Hospice for all their love, attention and care given freely to Gloria.

Memorial services will be held at Cress Funeral Home, 3325 E. Washington Ave. Madison WI on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM. A visitation will also be held prior from 1:00 PM to service time.