John Reisinger, 89, home renovator

October 02, 2006

John C. Reisinger, who ran a business renovating and renting rowhouses in East Baltimore, died of a massive stroke Sept. 25 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Canton resident was 89.

Mr. Reisinger was born and raised on North Streeper Street. He was a ubiquitous presence in East Baltimore, where he roamed the streets in his sports car, always sporting baseball or other caps and chewing a toothpick. He left school after eighth grade and went to work at a local pajama factory.

He worked as a cutter at the factory and an ironworker at the old Rustless Iron & Steel Co. in East Baltimore. During World War II, he served in Italy with the merchant marine.

After the war, he started his home-improvement business, through which he worked as a roofer and sold aluminum siding. Mr. Reisinger worked as a roofer for 70 years, until his death, said his wife of 67 years, the former Rose Rappazzo. Mr. Reisinger was an amateur boxer as a young man and loved deep-sea fishing. He had to give up fishing after undergoing open-heart surgery 10 years ago. He and his wife owned a home and later a condo in Ocean City.

Services were Saturday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John S. Reisinger of Lutherville; a daughter, Virginia Deardorff of Towson; a sister, Freda Domm of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

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