Dominic Angeloni, 102, formerly of Gladwyne and South Philadelphia, a retired dentist, died Thursday at Sunrise Assisted Living in Haverford.
Dr. Angeloni graduated from South Philadelphia High School. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and earned a degree in dentistry from Penn. During Prohibition, he made wine in his family's basement and smuggled wine casks onto the trolley to sell at campus parties, his daughter Rita Pelagatti said.
He met his future wife, Rose Blasi, at her family's boarding house in Wildwood. After they married in the early 1930s, he set up a dental practice in the front parlor of their home on South Broad Street. She was his assistant. For years he also provided dental care to children in parochial schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
In the early 1940s, Dr. Angeloni was one of the first dentists in the area to treat patients with penicillin, his daughter said. He procured a supply from a friend who was an Army doctor.
After practicing for 40 years in South Philadelphia, Dr. Angeloni designed and built a home and office in Gladwyne in the 1970s and practiced there for 10 more years. When he retired, he donated his dental equipment to a charity in Serbia. Years earlier, he had donated rudimentary dental tools his father had used in Italy to the Thomas W. Evans Museum and Dental Institute at Penn, his daughter said.
Dr. Angeloni was an active member of the Alpha Phi Delta fraternity. He continued to enjoy daily walks, red wine, opera, classical music, and Frank Sinatra songs until his 100th birthday, his daughter said.
In addition to his daughter, Dr. Angeloni is survived by another daughter, Betty Jane Devereaux; a son, John; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. His wife died in 1983.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. John Baptist Vianney Roman Catholic Church, 1110 Vaughns Lane, Gladwyne, Pa. 19035. Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.
Memorial donations may be made to the church.