Marie Fertitta Smith, 82, Randallstown homemaker

July 14, 2005

Marie Fertitta Smith, a homemaker and former longtime Randallstown resident, died of pneumonia Sunday at Copper Ridge nursing home in Sykesville. She was 82.

Born Marie Lascuola in Cefalu, Italy, she came to Baltimore with her family in 1930 and they settled in a home near Lexington Market.

She was a graduate of the old St. John the Baptist parochial school on North Paca Street, now the St. Jude Shrine.

She was married in 1946 to Samuel Fertitta, a laborer at Crown Cork and Seal Co. who died in 1995.

Her second husband of two years, Philip Smith, died in 2000.

Mrs. Smith, who moved to Copper Ridge in 2002, was an avid gardener and enjoyed cooking, crocheting, knitting and sewing.

"She also loved Frank Sinatra, collected his records, and attended two of his performances," said a daughter, Caterina F. Grove of Reisterstown.

She was a communicant for many years of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Randallstown.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

Survivors also include two sons, Thomas Fertitta of Reisterstown and Phillip Fertitta of Westminster; two other daughters, Francesca J. Metheny of Hanover, Pa., and Phyllis Teal of Reisterstown; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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