Gloria A. Caputo passed away on September 11, 2017 at 90 years of age.
Gloria Caputo was born in Staten Island, NY on June 29, 1927 to Lucille Picerno and Thomas Botta. She was the first generation of her family to be born on U.S. soil (vice in Naples, Italy). Gloria is the oldest of two daughters. Her younger sister being Ann Botta.
Gloria grew up on farmland in Staten Island and her happiest stories are of the different produce her grandparents grew and their vegetable stand in the city. She grew up in a close family home with her grandparents and remained close with her uncles and cousins. Gloria grew up during WWII and lost some of her closest friends. In her yearbooks you can find an asterisk next to those people she knew that never made it home after being drafted.
When capable, Gloria started to work for the Navy. She was one of five ladies in the finance department in charge of ensuring thousands of sailors received their paychecks. During her time with the Navy Gloria met Salvatore Caputo. Salvatore swept Gloria off her feet and they were married January 29, 1956 (probably much to her parents surprise since Gloria stated she would never marry an Italian man).
Gloria and Salvatore moved around Staten Island a few times and settled in a home Salvatore built for the family on Shirley Ave. It was a two-story plantation style home on a hill. While finding their favorite place to settle, the couple grew their family and had three children: Guy Joseph, Sally Jo Marie, and Joseph.
While visiting some lifelong friends in Albuquerque, NM, Gloria and Sal fell in love with the Sandia Mountains and decided to migrate out West. In 1988, Gloria, Sal, their daughter Sally and her family, and their son Joseph moved to NM. They became active members at the Italian-American club and happily retired in the Rio Rancho area.
Gloria will always be remembered as a strong, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was always happy to share stories, pictures and her favorite recipes (no one could cook like her). Gloria always looked for a reason to smile and was an icon of inspiration to her family. She is deeply loved and missed.
Gloria is survived by her sons: Guy and his wife, Tamra, and Joseph Caputo; her grandchildren: Nicole, Cassandra, Salvatore, Michele, Mary, Melissa, Tiffany, and Cross; and her great-grandchildren: Christopher, David, Paige, Annalynn, and Kohen.
She is preceded in death by her husband Salvatore Ralph Caputo and daughter Sally Jo Reshetnik.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests prayers for the decedent and comfort for the family.