Anthony G. Rapisarda, 86, owner of insurance agency

July 17, 2004

Anthony G. Rapisarda, a retired insurance agency owner and decorated World War II veteran, died of cancer Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Towson resident was 86.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Ivanhoe Avenue, he attended Blessed Sacrament Parochial School and left high school to work at a neighborhood market during the Depression.

During World War II, he served in the Army in France and was hit by sniper fire. Family members said he was shot in the neck and the left elbow, but a C-ration can he was carrying prevented another bullet from penetrating his heart. Mr. Rapisarda was awarded the Purple Heart.

He owned the State Insurance Agency at York Road and Bellona Avenue and later sold insurance for the Merchants and Business Men's Mutual Insurance Co.

Mr. Rapisarda suffered a stroke in 1988 but recovered and later drove his Buick about 40,000 miles a year.

He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and belonged to Notre Dame Council in Govans. He also sang in the Singing Knights.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Ware Avenue in Towson, where he was a member.

Survivors include a son, Gregory A. Rapisarda of Bel Air; two daughters, Dolores D. Orlando of Towson and Marie T. Benney of Bel Air; two brothers, Philip Rapisarda of Towson and Dante Rapisarda of Perry Hall; a sister, Lucille Cicero of Bowie; a companion, Geraldine Poledna of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. His wife of 36 years, Carmella Mildred Sodaro, died in 1978. He was divorced from Viola Rapisarda.

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