Louis Pietranera, 89, of South Beach, a World War II veteran, retired maintenance worker and former semiprofessional baseball player, died yesterday in Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze.
Born in Manhattan, he moved to South Beach 80 years ago, and was a graduate of Curtis High School.
For more than 30 years, he worked in the maintenance department of Wagner College, Grymes Hill. He retired in 1985. He also worked for his family's house painting business, alongside his brother, Frank, who died earlier this month.
As a young man, Mr. Pietranera played third base for several semipro teams on Staten Island, including the former Rispoli Staten Island Yankees, the Concord Groves, the Gulf Oilers and the South Beach Robins. He also played in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Mr. Pietranera served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army's 98th Division, stationed in Hawaii, during World War II.
The funeral service will be tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in the Martin Hughes Funeral Home, Concord. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Pleasant Plains.