Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Alfred Catanzariti Passes Away.

    Alfred Michael Catanzariti "Al", 88, a resident of Annapolis, MD and formerly of Lewes, DE died on Friday, January 20.
    Born on August 14, 1928 in Dedham, MA to the late Vito and Maria Teresa Catanzariti. Al served as a heavy machine gunner in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attained the rank of sergeant upon his separation from active duty. Al earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and then worked at the Naval Research Laboratory in the Oceanography Division from 1952-61. From 1961 until his retirement, Al worked for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center where he was involved with the Manned Space Flight Program. He was a member of the NASA Alumni Association and the Northeastern University Alumni Association. He was an avid Washington Redskin and Boston Red Sox fan and he loved to discuss political issues. In his younger days, Al enjoyed bowling and playing softball.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of thirty-five years, Jean Catanzariti. He is survived by his daughters, Deborah (Ken) Halley of Edgewater, MD and Susan (Brian) Hickman of Riva, MD, his grandchildren, Joseph and Nicholas Hickman, Lindsey Sullivan, Kimberly Sweeney and Jennifer Halley and his great-grandchildren, Patrick and Kennedy Sullivan and Tripp Sweeney.
    Friends are invited to celebrate Al's life on Wednesday, January 25 from 6 to 8 pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, January 26 at 9:30 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Hwy., Pasadena, MD 21122.

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