Gloria Erhardt

Obituary of Gloria Edna Erhardt

Gloria Edna Erhardt, age 91, passed away on June 14, 2020, at the Atria, in Huntington Station. Gloria Edna LoCurcio was born on July 16, 1928, to Lawrence and Helen LoCurcio in the Bronx. Shortly after the beginning of the Great Depression, she and her family moved to Palermo, Sicily to ride out the economic downturn at her family's estate. When the depression was over, she and her family moved back home to the Bronx where she attended public school. An incredibly talented artist from an early age, Gloria was accepted into the High School of Music and Arts, one of five special high schools in the NYC area for gifted students, where she graduated with honors and went on to Pratt Institute to further her art education. It was at Pratt Institute where she met her future husband, Richard Thomas Erhardt, an electrical engineering major. They married on April 2nd, 1955 at New York City's Little Church Around the Corner. Gloria opened a small graphics design/advertising studio. Known for work that was very much of it's time, her style has been described as the "quintessence of mid-century modern." During this time, she designed packaging for Q-Tips, Vaseline and Prince Matchibelli just to name a few. And during the heyday of her studio, it was common for there to be upwards of five or more of her illustrated ads in Life magazine. At the end of the sixties, she sold her agency in order to focus on being a full-time mother to her two children. She lived in Manhasset, until her relocation to the Atria in Huntington Station. She is survived by her two children, her son the Rev. Dr. Richard Erhardt, her daughter Mrs. Eloise Thompson and grandchildren Peter and Daniel Thompson. She is also survived by her older sister, Ms. Rosalie LoCurcio. Although she attended the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, there will be no memorial service.
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