Josephine M. Cannizzo, 90, antiques shop

February 28, 2005

Josephine M. Cannizzo, a retired social worker and former owner of a Fells Point antiques shop, died of heart failure Feb. 20 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. She was 90.

The daughter of Sicilian immigrant parents, she was born and raised in Galveston, Texas.

During the Depression, she worked as a secretary to help support her family. During World War II, she moved to Washington, where she was a member of the U.S. Senate typing pool. In 1948, she earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Texas.

After earning a master's degree in social work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Miss Cannizzo worked as a social worker for the United Nations in its international adoption program, and at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington.

She moved to Baltimore in 1970 and became a family counselor at the Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn. She retired in 1985.

From 1985 to 1995, she owned and operated Josephine's Antiques and Collectibles on Eastern Avenue. She later moved to Silver Spring and was living in Kensington at her death.

After three marriages that ended in divorce, Miss Cannizzo returned to her maiden name.

No services were held.

She is survived by a son, Erich Goode of Silver Spring; a daughter, Barbara Baldwin of Washington; and four grandchildren.

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