Ellen M. Sodaro, owned Ocean City apartments

December 31, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Ellen M. Sodaro, a homemaker who assisted in the operation of Ocean City apartments she co-owned, died of a heart attack Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Towson resident was 94.

Born Ellen DeVincentiis in Kansas City, Mo., she moved to Baltimore in 1915 and attended Pimlico Elementary School. She was a 1933 graduate of Western High School and received a degree in fashion design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

She worked in her father's Charles Street tailoring studio while studying piano at the Peabody Conservatory.

She also took commercial courses at Strayer's Business College and worked as a secretary for local radio and television personality Bailey Goss.

In 1942, she married Joseph Sodaro. They established the Belvedere Realty Co. in the 1950s and built apartment buildings in Ocean City, including the Buccaneer. When a 1962 storm destroyed the building, the Sodaros constructed a new one.

Family members said Mrs. Sodaro was an accomplished painter, pianist and seamstress. She was also a talented cook, they said, who delighted family and friends with Italian delicacies, often at Christmas.

She was a volunteer for door-to-door collection for the American Heart Association. Mrs. Sodaro drove her 1988 Chrysler New Yorker until the age of 92 and worked crossword puzzles until her death.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road in Govans.

Survivors include a son, Michael J. Sodaro of Arlington, Va.; a daughter, Gloria M. Sodaro of Alexandria, Va.; a brother, Michael DeVincentis of Baltimore; and two grandchildren. Her husband of 56 years died in 1998.

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