John A. "Johnny" Venditti, a retired clothing store manager and ring announcer for boxing and wrestling matches, died Wednesday at Howard County General Hospital of a bacterial infection. He was 88.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Venditti was being offered today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.
He was a native of Little Italy and a Columbia resident since 1969.
In 1940,he became a ring announcer with the State Athletic Commission for two fights a week. He retired from announcing in 1985.