Francis Mario Tarasco, translated Italian

October 24, 1990

Francis Mario Tarasco, who taught and translated the Italian language in Baltimore for many years, died Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center after a stroke. He was 78 and lived on Fountain Court in Timonium.

A mass of Christian burial for Mr. Tarasco was being offered today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 1809 Vista Lane, Timonium.

Born in northern Italy near the Swiss border, he came to Baltimore in 1945 and held several teaching positions until he retired about four years ago at Essex Community College.

He also did translations for the United States Navy for many years, and for a short period he was a part-time proofreader for The Baltimore Sun.

A former longtime state treasurer of the Order of the Sons of Italy, he was a charter member of both the Lord Baltimore Lodge and the Towson-Dulaney Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Elsa Impaciatore; two sons, F. Felix Tarasco of Bel Air and Alexander M. Tarasco of Finksburg; a sister, Rita Martinazzi of Italy; and three grandchildren.

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