Ocean City Today

Joseph Charles Sangermano

May 11, 2017
Joseph Charles Sangermano

printed 05/12/2017

Ocean City

Joseph Sangermano passed away on March 19, 2017, at the age of 94.

He was born Nov. 4, 1922 in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his daughter, Maria Gallippi; his son, Joe, Jr. and his wife, Trinidad; three grandchildren, Anthony Joseph Gallippi, Concetta Maria Gallippi and Cassandra Leilani Sangermano; and a great-grandson, Nicholas Ramirez. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Joe was a member of the 191st Tank Battalion in the Army during World War II and served in Africa as well as in Italy under Gen. Patton. He was captured during the invasion of Anzio in June 1944. He was a prisoner of war in Germany for a year before being released by the Russians.

Joe moved to Maryland in 1956 and was active in the community, serving as president of the Perry Hall Community Swimming Club and president of the Perry Hall Senior High School where he served for many years as Ways and Means chairman at the school’s famous Italian Festival.

Upon his retirement, Joe moved to Ocean City, Maryland. He became active in the service organizations, a true veteran. Joe was an active member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and he served as commander of the American Ex-POW Maryland-East Chapter for 20 years, from 1995 until 2015.

Joe was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea/Holy Savior parish where he served as an usher and a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus, 4th degree.

Mass and Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 19, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 533 E. Jarrettsville Rd., Forest Hill, Maryland 21050. Visitation will be 30 minutes before the mass at the church. Procession and burial will immediately follow the mass at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Garrison Forest in Owings Mills, Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made toward a park bench in Joe and Helen’s honor located in Robin Park, close to their home in Ocean City. Contributions can be sent to Maria Gallippi at 938 Delray, Drive, Forest Hill, Maryland 21050. Maria will coordinate the final dedication with the Town of Ocean City.

Alternatively, contributions can be made to the Holy Savior Church, 1705 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, Maryland 21842.

Arrangements will be made by the McComas Funeral Home.

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