Frances P. Cerniglia, 94, produce business operatorFrances...

April 17, 1996

Frances P. Cerniglia, 94, produce business operator

Frances P. Cerniglia, who operated the last wholesale produce and fruit business in the old Camden Market District in Baltimore, died of kidney failure Feb. 19 at her Catonsville residence. She was 94.

The former Frances Palmisano was the last surviving partner and bookkeeper for 65 years of Palmisano Fruit Co., which was founded by her father at Hanover and Camden streets in the late 1800s. She joined the firm after attending school through the fifth grade.

The company closed in 1974 after the property was purchased by the city for the Convention Center.

A Mass of Resurrection was offered Feb. 23. Her husband, Rosario Cerniglia, whom she married in 1940, died in 1977. She is survived by a daughter, Frances C. Shaw, and son-in-law, Timothy L. Shaw Sr., both of Catonsville; and four grandsons.

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