Umberto Taffetani, 90, Peasaro Co. tile setter

April 26, 2003

Umberto Taffetani, 90, Peasaro Co. tile setter

Umberto Taffetani, a retired tile setter for a Towson construction company, died of a heart attack Tuesday at Manor Care in Towson. The Perry Hall resident was 90.

Mr. Taffetani was born in a small town in Argentina and raised on a family farm in Macerata, Marche, Italy. He married the former Ada Ciamberlini in 1936, who survives him.

Mr. Taffetani served for three years in the Italian army during World War II. After the war, he lived for two years in Germany and worked on a farm. He then returned to Macerata where he got a job delivering tiles and supplies to construction workers.

In 1954, he moved with his wife to Baltimore, where Mr. Taffetani set tiles for the Peasaro Co. as member of Local No. 29, a bricklayers' union.

After a two-year sojourn living in Little Italy on Lloyd and Pratt streets, Mr. Taffetani lived for several years in East Baltimore and Lochearn before settling in Perry Hall in 1972.

He retired in 1978.

"He was a hard-working man. He worked to the last minute," said son Louis Taffetani of Perry Hall.

During his retirement, Mr. Taffetani's daily routine included a morning walk through White Marsh Mall, an afternoon of home improvement or gardening projects and an evening relaxing with his family.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, in Fullerton.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Taffetani is survived by three brothers Duilio Taffetani, Renato Taffetani and Alfredo Taffetani, all of Italy; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Another son, Giacomo Taffetani, died in 2000.

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