Giovanna Sofia

Giovanna "Jenny" Sofia, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric payroll clerk who was active in her church, died of a heart attack Saturday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was 78 and lived in Arnold.

Born Giovanna Dell'Uomo in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Maurizio and Nella Dell'Uomo. Her father worked in construction and her mother was a homemaker.


Raised on Exeter Street in Little Italy, she attended St. Leo's School, where she was center on the school's basketball team. She was a 1953 graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore.

She met her future husband, Michele "Mike" Sofia, a barber who had a shop in Linthicum, at a dance in the basement of St. Leo's Church.

She worked in payroll at the old Wohlmuth clothing manufacturing and at Baltimore Gas and Electric in downtown Baltimore. She retired in 1996 after 20 years of service.

"She treated everyone like family," said her son, John M. Sofia of Newark, Del. "She was a happy person who laughed a lot. She had a good sense of humor."

She enjoyed cooking and baking and was known for her ravioli, hot milk sponge cake and cookies.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. She was a church volunteer, Eucharistic minister and Bible study group member. She also belonged to the Ladies of the Holy Trinity and the Knights of Columbus auxiliary.

In addition to her son, survivors include another son, Michael J. Sofia of Doylestown; a daughter, Dr. Carmella A. Sofia of Fall River, Mass.; and four grandchildren. Her husband of nearly 57 years died in 2012.