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Centenarian celebration in Poland

April 5, 2012
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

Born March 24, 1912 in New York City, Leila Cuttica was honored with a well-deserved amount of fanfare as she accepted congratulations and well-wishes from family and friends as she celebrated her 100th birthday on March 23.

Cuttica is affectionately known by family and friends as "Miss Lee," served in her younger years as a bookkeeper. She was married to the late Hector Cuttica for 40 years, and has one son, Dr. Robert Cuttica, who lives in Canfield with his wife, Dr. Patricia Miller-Cuttica.

With three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, many of whom were present for her birthday fete, Cuttica currently makes her home at Sunrise Assisted Living in Poland, where she is known for always looking her best in pretty outfits, polished nails and lipstick.

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Photos by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
During her 100 years, Leila Cuttica has enjoyed one child, three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, many of whom were present for her recent birthday celebration. She is pictured with her son, Dr. Robert Cuttica, who visits her twice daily at Sunrise Assisted Living, where she makes her home.

Judy Seiber, activities director at Sunrise, where Cuttica is currently the oldest resident, described her as quite metropolitan with perfect manners.

"We just love her," said Seiber, sharing that she loves parties, music, and one-on-one visits. Seiber said Cuttica's son visits twice daily.

The celebration fit for a centenarian included entertainment provided by the musical stylings of variety entertainer Steve Fazzini; and a visit from Village of Poland Mayor Tim Sicafuse, who presented Cuttica with the key to Poland, declaring Saturday, March 24 to be Leila Cuttica Day.



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