Dominic Joseph Drecchio, 90, masonry contractorDominic...

August 13, 1998

Dominic Joseph Drecchio, 90, masonry contractor

Dominic Joseph Drecchio, a masonry contractor who was founder and president of Statewide Contracting Co., died Monday of an aneurysm at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 90 and lived in West Friendship.

Mr. Drecchio worked on some of the state's most notable buildings. They include the District Courthouse in Annapolis, Calvert Hall College, Charles Towers in Charles Center, St. Joseph Medical Center, Dulaney Towers, Green Spring Station, and at Towson University, the fine-arts center, dormitories and gymnasium.

He operated Statewide Contracting from 1945 to 1989, when he retired and dissolved the firm.

"He was a perfectionist and loved his work," said his grandson, Alford "Aldo" Baldwin of West Friendship. "For many years, he lived in Dulaney Towers and he could look out his door and see all of the high-rises he had built in Towson."

Born in Preschici Foggia, Italy, Mr. Drecchio's family settled in Baltimore's Little Italy in 1912. He was educated in city schools and learned his trade as a young man.

During World War II, he served in the Army and was discharged in 1945.

Mr. Drecchio's professional memberships included the American Builders and Contractors Association.

He was active in many Italian-American groups, including the Italian-American Civic Club of Maryland, Associated Italian-American Charities of Maryland and the Sons of Italy.

An avid golfer, he was a member for 43 years of the Hillendale Country Club.

He was married for many years to the former Nola Shelton, who died in 1996.

He was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

He also is survived by his daughter, Mary Patricia Drecchio Anthony of West Friendship.

George W. Carmean, 72, owned appliance repair firm

George W. Carmean, founder and owner of an appliance repair company, died Sunday of cancer at home in Severna Park, where he had lived for 46 years. He was 72.

In 1962, he established Carmean Appliance Service and repaired refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, dryers and washing machines.

Earlier, he worked for General Electric Co. and Westinghouse Electric Corp., repairing appliances.

Born in Waterbury, Conn., he moved to Vienna and later to Hurlock, where he graduated from high school.

At 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II and served in the Pacific, driving ammunition trucks. His decorations included the Navy Cross.

In 1948, he re-enlisted and served at the Marine base in Quantico, Va., until he was discharged in 1950.

He enjoyed building furniture, remodeling his home and growing vegetables.

He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

A son, Michael K. Carmean, died in 1994.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary A. Sonner, whom he married in 1949; a son, Robert P. Carmean of Glen Allen, Va.; a daughter, Belinda Carmean of Severna Park; his mother, Edith Carmean Jackson of Cambridge; two brothers, Myrlon Carmean of Hiwassee, Ga., and Burton Carmean of Cambridge; a sister, Edna Hammel of Rehoboth, Del.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mary Shapiro, 97, helped found congregation

Mary Shapiro, a homemaker who was a founding member of Beth Jacob Congregation, died Tuesday of pneumonia at North Oaks Retirement Community. The former resident of Northwest Baltimore was 97.

In 1938, Mrs. Shapiro helped to found Beth Jacob at 5713 Park Heights Ave. and was a charter member of the Hadassah chapter there.

The former Mary Shapiro was born in Alexandro, Russia. In 1906, her father, a cantor, moved the family to Duluth, Minn., where she graduated from high school.

In 1919, the family moved to Baltimore, where her father was cantor at several synagogues.

It was from her father that she inherited her lifelong appreciation of music and played piano, often without sheet music, until recent years, said a son, Herbert Shapiro of Owings Mills.

In 1925, she married Jacob "Jack" Shapiro, founder of Southern Fuel Co. who died in 1967.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

She is survived by two other sons, Edwin Shapiro of Hunt Valley and Ronald Shapiro of Owings Mills; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Hazel L. Daughtry, a homemaker, died Thursday of AIDS at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The East Baltimore resident was 33.

She was a native of Emporia, N.C., and educated in schools there. She came to Baltimore about 1985.

Services are scheduled for 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow at March Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave.

She is survived by a son, Edmond Scott; three daughters, Lakita Daughtry, LaShonda Daughtry and Aeisha Holloman; her mother, Eunice Daughtry; two brothers, Robert Wright and Willie Wright; and four sisters, Lula Wright, Elizabeth Wright, Delores Nottingham and Ruby Wright. All are of Baltimore.

Pub date: 8/13/98

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