Albert D. Battista, 93, owner and operator of a stone contracting company in Washington for more than 40 years, died Dec. 17 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He had a heart ailment.
Mr. Battista was born in Abruzzi, Italy. He came to this country at the age of 14 and lived and worked in Philadelphia for about a year before moving to the Washington area.
In the early 1920s, he established his stone contracting company, known for many years as Albert D. Battista and Son. The company did the stone masonry work on a number of Washington landmarks, including the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Mr. Battista, who lived in Bethesda, retired in 1966. The business was closed two years later.
He was a member of the Contractors Association and a former member of the Lido Club.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Felice, of Bethesda; a son, Albert J., of Washington; three brothers, Alphonse and Pasquale, both of Bethesda, and Lawrence, of Washington; a sister, Onarina Casciero of Baltimore, and three grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Little Sisters of the Poor, D.C. Building Fund, P.O. Box 9318, Baltimore, Md., 21228.