Leonard Leo Marzullo, 79, electrical engineer

March 10, 2004

Leonard Leo Marzullo, a retired electrical engineer, died of complications from cancer and pneumonia March 2 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Overlea resident was 79.

Born in Riposto, Sicily, he graduated from Catania's Italian Nautical Institute in 1943 and served with the Italian merchant marine on cargo ships. He crossed the Atlantic many times before moving to Baltimore in 1947, and lived with relatives in the Little Italy neighborhood. He earned his U.S. citizenship in 1953.

Mr. Marzullo worked as a house painter and bricklayer while attending night school at Polytechnic Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art and the Johns Hopkins University.

He became an electrical engineer at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, where he designed an electrical system for a blast furnace. In 1982, he joined Riggs Distler & Co., a mechanical and electrical engineering company in Southeast Baltimore, where he helped design lighting for the Harbor Tunnel, among other projects. He retired in 1992.

Mr. Marzullo enjoyed operatic music and sang in amateur productions.

A funeral Mass was offered Saturday at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Carmela Greco; a son, Michael Paul Marzullo of Ruxton; a daughter, Anna Maria Marzullo of Easton, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

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