Anna May Litwinowicz Tropiano, 78, of Spring House, a retired Sears supervisor and co-owner of Tropiano Transportation Co., died Tuesday at Montgomery Rehabilitation Hospital in Wyndmoor of a heart attack.
After graduating from South Philadelphia High School, Mrs. Tropiano was an office worker at the Sears, Roebuck & Co. headquarters on Roosevelt Boulevard. She eventually became supervisor for employee time records for Sears stores from Boston to Florida. In 1987 she had a massive stroke and retired. Through rehabilitation and will power, she recovered, her son Stanley said. Her doctor was so impressed, she was used as a case study, he said.
In the 1980s, while at Sears, Mrs. Tropiano cofounded a passenger transportation company in Lansdale with her husband, Joseph Tropiano. The business, still run by family members, started with two vans. It now has a fleet of 75 vehicles, including vans, limousines, buses and a tourist trolley.
Mrs. Tropiano also assisted her son in his florist business in Roxborough. She was the family matriarch and gave orders, with love, to the end, he said.
In addition to her husband of 57 years and her son, Mrs. Tropiano is survived by son Nicholas; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.