Frances T. Maranto, 98, homemaker, volunteer


Frances T. Maranto, a homemaker and hospital volunteer, died of advanced dementia Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. A resident of Hamilton for more than 65 years, she was 98.

Born Frances T. DiGiovanniin Everett, Mass., and raised in Springfield, Ohio, where she graduated with honors from St. Raphael's High School, she moved to Traymore Road in Hamilton in 1927. Two years later, she married Joseph Maranto, who owned and operated an import and domestic grocery store at Forrest and Ensor streets. Mr. Maranto died in 1993.

Mrs. Maranto worked briefly at Commercial Credit Co., then became a volunteer in the library at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. Family members said she read widely and had a knowledge of history and the arts. She also traveled extensively.

A requiem Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue, where she was a member.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph N. Maranto of Timonium and Dr. Leonard L. Maranto of Towson; seven grandchildren; and 13 of her 14 great-grandchildren.

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