Joseph J. Liberto, a Social Security Administration clerk and World War II veteran, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 8 at Encore at Turf Valley Assisted Living.
The longtime Academy Heights resident was 96.
Born in Baltimore and raised in the 600 block of West Franklin Street, he was the son of Joseph A. Liberto, a Lexington Market produce dealer, and his wife, Dora M. Liberto.
He was a graduate of the old Edison Vocational-Technical School, where he studied commercial art and sign painting. He made signs for the Glenn L. Martin aircraft plant in Middle River.
Mr. Liberto served in the Army during World War II; he was stationed in Texas.
He later worked at the old May Company on Howard Street and sang in the department store’s choir. He also assisted in the family’s produce business.
He became a Social Security Administration clerk at the Woodlawn headquarters, and worked there until his retirement in 1976.
Mr. Liberto resided with his parents in Academy Heights in Catonsville for many years and became their caregiver.
He was a duckpin bowler and took casino day trips.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, 5442 Old Frederick Road, where he was a member.
Survivors include two nieces and many cousins.