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Joseph W. Giordanetti, Martin-Marietta electrical engineer

Joseph W. Giordanetti, a retired Martin-Marietta Corp. electrical engineer who served in the Navy during World War II, died Sunday of pneumonia at University of Maryland St.Joseph Medical Center.

The longtime Towson resident was 95.

The son of John Giordanetti and Eliza Giordanetti, Joseph William Giordanetti was born and raised in Patterson, N.J., where he graduated in 1938 from Central High School.

Mr. Giordanetti began working in 1940 for the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River in the engineering department. In 1944, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served as an electrician’s mate until being discharged in 1946.

He returned to the Martin Co. and in 1957 earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Giordanetti, who specialized in the design and installation of electrical systems, worked on the Atlas missile and AWACS projects. He also supervised a group of 35 engineers and draftsmen.

He retired in the early 1970s.

Mr. Giordanetti was a golfer and a member of the Country Club of Maryland.

He was a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., Baynesville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 25, years, Catherine Frances Giordanetti; two stepsons, James Casagrande of Parkville and Michael Casagrande of Red Lion, Pa., two stepdaughters, Nina Pollutra of Parkville and Andrea Hatami of Dallastown, Pa.; a brother, George V. Giordanetti of Pompton Plains, N.J.; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. His first wife of 35 years, the former Mary Ruck, died in 1990.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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