A private memorial service for John J. Germano, the owner of a local construction company and a winner of the Purple Heart in two different wars, will be held Jan. 6.
Mr. Germano, who began the John J. Germano Co. Inc. upon his Army discharge after World War II, died of heart failure at Sinai Hospital Nov. 30. He was 68.
Born on Lloyd Street near Corned Beef Row in East Baltimore, Mr. Germano graduated from Patterson Park High School. He worked as a draftsman after high school before being called to duty as an infantryman during World War II. He was wounded in the arm during combat and was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Service Star.
After the war he began his construction business, which specialized in private residences, and joined the Army Reserve. He was called up as a reservist during the Korean War and earned his second Purple Heart after suffering a leg wound.
For the past 37 years Mr. Germano had lived in Greenspring Valley with his wife, the former Gloria Hauenstein.
One of his favorite pastimes at home was tending to more than 100 grapevines he planted, and making wine from the fruit.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Germano is survived by a daughter, Janine Germano of Baltimore; a son, J. Ross Germano of Baltimore; four sisters, Vera Maher of Baltimore, Agnes Fitzgerald of Gettysburg, Pa., Rosa Bosley of Jarrettsville and Lucy Affayroux of Perry Hall; and a brother, Carmelo Germano of Houston.