Louis Molinaro, 86, retired sales manager

July 20, 2002

Louis Molinaro, a retired sales manager for a Baltimore auto parts company, died of respiratory failure Monday at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 86 and lived in Catonsville.

Born in Catanzaro, Italy, Mr. Molinaro settled in East Baltimore with his family in 1917. He attended school until leaving to work in a grocery store to help support his family after the death of his father.

A guitar player, he made extra money playing with the Jimmy Hip Orchestra, a Baltimore band, during the 1930s.

During World War II, he served with the 358th Army Engineers and landed on Utah Beach two days after the initial assault at Normandy on June 6, 1944. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of sergeant.

He recently was decorated with a D-Day Medal which commemorated his service there during the war. He was also a member of the American Legion.

After the war, he began working in sales for Schreiver Automotive, a Washington Boulevard auto parts supplier. He later was sales manager of the firm, retiring in 1992.

Mr. Molinaro was an avid vegetable gardener and annually planted tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, family members said.

He also was an accomplished woodworker and liked spending time in his basement workshop, building furniture and attending to other projects.

Mr. Molinaro was a founding member of Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Mary Marceline Shea; four sons, Robert Molinaro of Norfolk, Va., Edward Molinaro of Catonsville, Joseph Molinaro of Washington and Thomas Molinaro of Chevy Chase; two sisters, Rose Rohleder and Mafry Young, both of Baltimore; and 10 grandchildren.

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