Anthony Tammetta

[ Age 85 ] Lutherville resident joined the Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

December 03, 2006

Anthony "Tony" Tammetta, a World War II veteran and retired supervisor for a burglar alarm company, died Nov. 26 at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Towson from complications of surgery for an aortic aneurysm. He was 85 and lived in Lutherville.

Mr. Tammetta worked for more than 45 years making fire and burglar alarms for the Electroprotective Corp., and its successor companies, ADT and Sonitrol.

Born in Providence, R.I., he spent most of his childhood in Bergen County, N.J.

At the age of 20, Mr. Tammetta left his job at Electroprotective and joined the Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, said his son-in-law, Joseph Spinella of North Potomac.

Mr. Tammetta served as a gunner's mate on a ship that guarded merchant vessels. He also served on LST 133, which was damaged by a mine during the Normandy Invasion. He narrowly escaped injury.

After the war, he returned to New Jersey to resume working for the Electroprotective Corp. He later transferred to Baltimore, where he worked until his retirement in 1989.

He married the former Ann Marchione, who lived next-door to him when they were children, in 1943. In Maryland, they lived in Brooklyn, Northwood and then Lutherville.

Mrs. Tammetta has owned a beauty parlor on Harford Road called Marcette for more than four decades.

Services were held Thursday.

In addition to his wife of 63 years, survivors include a daughter, Norma C. Spinella of North Potomac; a son, Mark Tammetta of Lutherville; five sisters, Paula Jensen, Gilda Prata and Marie Grasso, all of Florida, Gloria Coppa of Carlstadt, N.J., and Thelma Gambino of Rome; two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

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