Louis J. "Lou" Girolamo, a retired crane operator at Bethlehem Steel whose passion was the photography business he ran from his home, died of a brain aneurysm Wednesday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Rosedale resident was 79.
Born in Garfield, N.J., he moved to Baltimore as a child and attended St. Leo's School in Little Italy. He was a cook in the Army during the Korean War, serving in Japan.
His daughter, Angel Ausfresser, said her father started a wedding photography business in 1961, which he operated from the family's home.
The business grew to the point that Mr. Girolamo was taking photos at 150 to 200 weddings a year, in addition to school and First Communion pictures, his daughter said.
"It was always a happy occasion for him; it was never work," Mrs. Ausfresser said. "He was very much a people person."
Mr. Girolamo was a member of several organizations, including the Lions Club and Little Italy Lodge, his daughter said.
Mr. Girolamo's wife of 43 years, the former Ellen Anderson, died in 1997.
He is survived by a companion of nearly 10 years, Mary Frantz. Both were active in the Funsters Senior Group through the Church of the Annunciation, the Little Italy Lodge and the St. Leo's Senior Club.
Memorial services were held yesterday at the Church of the Annunciation in Rosedale.
He is also survived by another daughter, Gina Mauldin of Rosedale; a brother, Michael Girolamo of Rosedale; and four grandchildren.