Felicia B. Glorioso, store clerk, 95

March 02, 2006

Felicia B. Glorioso, a retired department store sales associate and telephone solicitor who enjoyed a weekly crab lunch and margarita at a Towson crab house, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 23 at Manor Care Ruxton. She was 95.

She was born Felicia Barranco in Washington, the daughter of Sicilian immigrants. In 1918, she moved with her family to Keyworth Avenue in Baltimore and graduated from Forest Park High School in 1928.

Before her 1930 marriage to Charles Glorioso, she sold women's apparel at the old Hochschild-Kohn's downtown department store. From the 1950s until 1975, she worked in the dress department of Hutzler's stores on Howard Street and in Towson. During the late 1970s and 1980s, she was a telephone solicitor for The Baltimore Sun newspapers.

Mrs. Glorioso enjoyed dressing stylishly and maintaining perfectly coiffed hair. She would take a taxi once a week to the Crack Pot Seafood Restaurant on Loch Raven Boulevard for lunch. She also enjoyed an annual summer visit to Ocean City, where she indulged her passion for caramel popcorn and riding boardwalk trolleys.

The longtime Idlewylde resident lived independently until she was 92, when she fell at home and moved to Manor Care.

"She fell down the stairs attempting to walk outside to ring in the New Year with her cowbell," said a granddaughter, Rosemarie Zannino.

Her husband of 58 years, who was the owner of a shoe repair business, died in 1988.

Mrs. Glorioso was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge and attended Our Lady of Pompeii Roman Catholic Church, where a funeral Mass was offered Monday.

Surviving are a son, Joseph S. Glorioso of Perry Hall; two daughters, Maria G. Zannino of Highlandtown and Concetta Muffoletto of Hamilton; a sister, Salvatrice Fava of Baltimore; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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