Joseph Gabriel Platerote, a retired Charles Village carryout owner and former bricklayer, died of sepsis Aug. 3 at Mercy Medical Center. The Hamilton resident was 81.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Little Italy, he attended city public schools and served in the Army in Germany and Italy during World War II. After working at Waverly Press and the former Glenn L. Martin Co., Mr. Platerote became a bricklayer and worked in construction for 25 years. He was a former recording secretary of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, Local 1.
He then opened a delicatessen at Glenmore and Carter avenues in Northeast Baltimore. His last business venture was a corner carryout at St. Paul and 24th streets, which he named Martucci's Restaurant, using his mother's maiden name. He retired in 1988.
Mr. Platerote photographed family functions, cooked family meals and maintained a vegetable garden.
A funeral Mass was offered Monday at St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Josephine Berti; three sons, Michael A. Glaze of Street and Joseph P. Platerote and Richard G. Platerote, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Josephine Giorgilli and Philomena Abruzzese, both of Baltimore; and three grandchildren. A son, Robert W. Glaze, died in 1973. Another son, Jack V. Glaze, died in 1994.