Vincent J. Reale, 94, insurance manager

January 15, 2003

Vincent J. Reale, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. insurance manager and a golfer, died of heart failure Jan. 8 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 94.

Born in Palermo, Italy, Mr. Reale immigrated to New Jersey in 1910. He lived in Washington for several years before moving to Northeast Baltimore in 1923.

He attended Polytechnic Institute and worked as a reporter during the early 1930s covering high school sports for the Baltimore News-Post.

In 1936, he began working in the insurance department at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant. He later coordinated the company's major medical program, and retired in 1971.

During the 1930s and 1940s, Mr. Reale was a member of the Vagabond Players and appeared in many of the theater company's productions. He played golf until the age of 93, and was a member of the Sparrows Point and Hillendale country clubs.

He was married in 1942 to Gertrude Minier Reiter, who died in 1979. He was later married for 22 years to the former Frieda Schaeffer, who survives him.

Mr. Reale was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Roman Catholic Church in Timonium.

Services were held Monday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two stepdaughters, Shirley Curlander of Littleton, Colo., and Miriam Frey of Easton; a brother, Anthony Reale Jr. of Desert Palms, Calif.; and 16 step-grandchildren.

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