Luciano Fortini, 67, welder at Bethlehem Steel, artist

September 15, 2004

Luciano Fortini, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. welder who later became an artist, ended his life Thursday. The Perry Hall resident was 67 and had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for several years, his family said.

Born in Luca in Tuscany, Italy, he worked in his family's ornamental iron business before moving to Catonsville in 1956. He worked as a welder in Baltimore before joining Bethlehem Steel in 1968. He retired from the Sparrows Point plant in 1996.

After his retirement, Mr. Fortini began painting landscapes and sold his work to local shops and restaurants along Belair and Harford roads.

He was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Fullerton.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Peaceful Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Center, 2325 York Road, Timonium.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Angela Colianni; two sons, Joseph F. Fortini of Parkville and Bryan A. Fortini of Perry Hall; two daughters, Kimberly Christian and Deborah Hill, both of Stafford, Va.; and seven grandchildren.

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