This site is dedicated to the life - and the memory - of my mother, Gloria Cuticelli Raccio, who died of ARDS in 2011 at age 79. The fourth of six children of Joseph Cuticelli and Anna Anastasia Cuticelli, Gloria was born in the midst of the Great Depression in the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut. Later, the family moved to the Hill Section, and after that to Helen Street in Hamden. When Gloria would tell stories of what life was like in the ’30s and ’40s I’d always say, “You gotta write all this stuff down!” After she died, I learned that, in fact, she did. While going through her things, I found a manuscript about her early years in two multicultural neighborhoods during the Depression and the Second World War. She had written it as if talking to me, I guess because I was the one who had urged her to do it. It isn’t just about her and her family, but also provides rich details of a past era. I’d like to honor my mother’s memory by sharing parts of that story.  I’m also providing personal photographs of that time and place. 
    Last – but definitely not least – I’m putting this site up to draw attention to the insidious, and largely unrecognized, killer that is ARDS – Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.  A great irony of Gloria’s life is that it was her lungs that turned on her. Gloria sang constantly – in the car, in the house, at work – and never missed a chance to perform for, and with, family and friends. She never smoked, never had any problem whatsoever with her lungs. I hope some day, researchers will find out why people get ARDS – and how to prevent or cure it.
A note on the font: I chose  iWeb’s “Cracked” as the main font for Gloria’s site. Those who knew and loved her will appreciate the joke.
But yet I know, where’er I go,
That there hath pass’d away a glory from the earth.
                                                            – William Wordsworth