Yarmouth, ME - Gilda Startoni Chambers, 87, died peacefully in her sleep on April 19, 2018, at her home in Yarmouth, Maine.
Gilda was born June 19, 1930 to Antonio Renato Stortoni and Pauline Ann (Gasper) Stortoni in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Gilda and her sister, Antonette, were educated at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, until the family moved to Philadelphia. Gilda graduated from John Bartram High School and later Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing. While at Philadelphia General, she met Dr. Wallace L. Chambers of Rock Springs, Wyoming. The two were married in 1953 in Pennsylvania and, after a brief time in Boston, headed west.
The young couple eventually settled in Salt Lake City, Utah. Despite being an “East Coast girl,” Gilda carved a life for herself and her family out West, and she often talked about how a piece of her heart would always be there. It was there that Gilda and Wally raised their five children. Gilda’s life was her family. She often volunteered in the local schools- mainly as a nurse in charge of the vaccination programs.
Gilda was an excellent cook and spent much of her life preparing wonderful food for her family and friends. She will be remembered for her love of Italian cuisine, as well as her steadfast commitment to keeping her recipes a secret. Gilda entertained often, gathering family and friends around her dining room table first in Utah and Wyoming, then later in Maine.
After losing her husband in 1996, Gilda moved to Maine to be near her daughter, Maria, and Maria’s two children. Gilda made a beloved home for herself in Maine during her nearly two decades there- volunteering at Maine Medical Center in Portland, attending her grandchildren’s school performances, and adding local Maine seafood to her long list of specialty dishes.
Gilda is survived by her sister, Antonette, her five children; Wallace L. Jr, May, Ann (David Noble), Maria, and Tony (Bonnie) Chambers, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Gilda’s final interment will be with her husband in Wyoming, near where they spent much of their time with their family.