Rosario S. Guglielmino, 85, a longtime area resident and a retired warehouse employe of the Woodward & Lothrop department store, died of cardiac arrest Wednesday at Washington Adventist Hospital.

Mr. Guglielmino came to Washington from his native Sicily in 1913 and worked in the shoe repair business here. He went back to Italy in 1916 to fight in the Italian Army in World War I and was wounded twice.

He returned to Washington in 1920 and operated his own shoe repair business on Florida Avenue NW for a time during the 1920s.He later worked for other shoe repair establishments. In the early 1940s, he joined Woodward & Lothrop. He retired in 1961 as a wrapper and packer at the store's Washington warehouse.

Mr. Guglielmino was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Hyattsville. He was a member of Roma Lodge No. 71 of the Sons of Italy. In 1974, he was awarded the decoration of the Cavaliere dell' Ordine di Vittorio Veneto by the government of Italy.

He lived in Washington until moving to Adelphi in 1977.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Lucia Guglielmino, and a daughter, Angela Celentano, both of Adelphi; two sisters, Sarina Aiola of Sicily, and Giuseppina Privitera of Sardinia, Italy, and one grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the building fund at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Hyattsville.