Roland R. Maione, 81, Fort Meade foreman

April 15, 2003

Roland R. Maione, a retired Fort Meade foreman and model railroad buff, died of liver failure and dehydration Thursday at Brightwood Center in Brooklandville. He was 81.

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Maione was a graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School.

He joined the Army in 1940 and was a graduate of its ordnance school at Aberdeen. He was sent to the Pacific, joining a company of combat engineers. He served in Japan, Saipan and Korea, and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of sergeant.

He was a carpenter for many years before going to work at Fort Meade in 1974. He was foreman of the military installation's building maintenance shop for 11 years and retired in 1985.

Mr. Maione was a 50-year resident of Towson Avenue in Lutherville, where he built his own home. He was an avid rose gardener and was known for the many varieties that he grew each year.

"He delighted in giving them away and many businesses would put them on display," said his son, Michael R. Maione of Towson.

Mr. Maione also enjoyed building elaborate dollhouses for his granddaughters and working on an extensive HO-scale model railroad layout he had constructed in his basement. "He also built all the locomotives and cars," his son said.

Mr. Maione was married for 57 years to the former Mary Schanze, who died in 2000.

Services will be held at 1:45 p.m. Friday at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, 1080 Sunrise Beach Road.

Mr. Maione also is survived by two daughters, Virginia A. Kehl of Williamsburg, Va., and Barbara J. Tucker of Ellicott City; and four grandchildren.

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