Philip M. Restivo Sr., 59, cemetery plot...


Philip M. Restivo Sr., 59, cemetery plot salesman

Philip Marion Restivo Sr., a salesman, died of cancer Sept. 22 at the home of a daughter in Ellicott City. He was 59.

He sold cemetery plots for Stewart Enterprises and worked at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Glen Burnie. Earlier, he worked with his father, Philip P. Restivo, owner of the old Baltimore Motor Coach Co. on West Biddle Street, and served in the Marine Corps in the early 1960s.

The Baltimore native graduated from Forest Park High School. He was a past president of Parents Without Partners and enjoyed ballroom dancing.

His 1961 marriage to Eileen Popp ended in divorce.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

He is survived by a son, Philip M. Restivo Jr. of North Hollywood, Calif.; three daughters, Annette M. Restivo of Ellicott City, Christianne Bizer of Perry Hall and Gina Restivo of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; his stepmother, Rita Restivo of Ellicott City; two brothers, Anthony Restivo of Westfield, Mass., and Michael Restivo of Catonsville; a sister, Susan Dixon of Owings Mills; and three grandchildren.

Dianne Aquilla-Bender, 51, occupational therapist

Dianne Aquilla-Bender, an occupational therapist who was a recipient of a kidney transplant, died Saturday of chronic renal failure at her Perry Hall home. She was 51.

Ms. Aquilla-Bender received her kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1971 and was one of the longest living survivors of the procedure.

She was an occupational therapist in area hospitals and nursing homes and for Henning & Cole, an agency that places therapists. She retired last year on a medical disability.

The lifelong Perry Hall resident graduated from Perry Hall High School and earned an associate degree in occupational therapy from the University of Baltimore in 1973.

In the 1970s, she was a volunteer fund-raiser for the Maryland State Kidney Foundation, where she also worked to raise public interest in kidney donation.

"She wanted to bring hope to people," said her mother, Nancy Bender of Perry Hall.

Ms. Aquilla-Bender enjoyed collecting and refinishing antique furniture, ballroom dancing and stained-glass crafting.

She was a member of Perry Hall Presbyterian Church.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her father, Clif Bender of Perry Hall; a sister, Nancy Heard of Istanbul, Turkey; and a niece, Lisa Dianne Treftz of Charleston, S.C.

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