Louise Langellotto, 91, bookkeeper, defense worker

February 22, 2005

Louise Langellotto, a retired bookkeeper and World War II aircraft assembly worker who was a charter member of the Rosie the Riveter organization, died of pneumonia Feb. 15 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Highlandtown resident was 91.

Born Louise Muscillo in Lafferty, Ohio, she moved to Highlandtown's Eaton Street in 1930 after her marriage to Donato Langellotto, when he was transferred by Bethlehem Steel Corp. to its Sparrows Point pipe mill.

During the war, Mrs. Langellotto answered a call for women to work in defense industries. She became a tail-gun riveter on bombers for Eastern Aircraft in the Broening Highway General Motors plant. Family members said she dressed in a coveralls uniform and carried her lunch in a bucket.

"She was good with her hands and would crawl through the inside of the aircraft with ease," said her oldest son, Daniel A. Langellotto of Baltimore.

After the war she worked at the Social Security Administration and was a bookkeeper at the old Schleisner's downtown women's clothing store.

After she retired, she made baby blankets and assisted in other projects at the city's John Booth Senior Center. She also baked pastries, cookies, fudge and cakes.

She belonged to the Baltimore Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association, a national group of working women of World War II.

A funeral Mass was offered Saturday at Our Lady of Pompei Roman Catholic Church, where Mrs. Langellotto had been a member for 75 years.

Survivors also include another son, Eugene E. Langellotto of Baltimore; two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1989.

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