Joseph Anastasi, 93, Beth Steel crane operator

October 15, 2002

Joseph Anastasi, a retired Bethlehem Steel crane operator, died Wednesday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The Cockeysville resident was 93.

Born in Stromboli, Italy, Mr. Anastasi moved with his family to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he attended elementary school. He became a U.S. citizen in 1937 and moved to Baltimore in 1941.

He worked for about 30 years in jobs at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant and at Rustless Iron and Steel Co. in East Baltimore. He retired from Bethlehem in 1971 as a crane operator.

Mr. Anastasi was married for more than 60 years to Cathryn E. Thomas, a Glenn L. Martin aircraft factory timekeeper. Mrs. Anastasi died in 1993.

Mr. Anastasi was a former member of the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company and also enjoyed felling trees and building parts of homes. He took an old log cabin and built a new home around it in the Susquehanna Trails section of Delta, Pa., where he moved in 1970 and lived until the early 1990s.

He was a member of Bryansville United Methodist Church in Delta.

Services were held Friday.

He is survived by a son, Anthony J. Anastasi of Cockeysville; a brother, Salvatore Anastasi of Staten Island, N.Y.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

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