Douglas S. SerioCareer restaurateurDouglas S. Serio, a...


Douglas S. Serio

Career restaurateur

Douglas S. Serio, a career restau- PHOTOrateur who was the banquet manager of the PGA National Resort and Spa in Florida, died Sept. 15 of hepatitis at West Palm Beach Regional Hospital. He was 42.

The former Baltimore resident moved to Lake Worth, Fla., in 1992 to work as banquet manager at the resort which is owned by the Professional Golf Association. Before that he was manager of Harrison's Inn at Pier 5 and a co-owner of Roscoe's, a St. Paul Street restaurant that was named after his pet dog.

He was reared in Northwood and was a graduate of St. Matthew's Grammar School and a 1969 graduate of Calvert Hall College. He studied at Baltimore Community College and received a bachelor's degree from Towson State College in 1973. He began his career in restaurants on Cape Cod and in Boston.

Fond of dramatics, he participated in many shows at Calvert Hall. He was also a member of a choral group there. He also enjoyed woodworking and "simply loved decorating for Christmas," recalled his mother, Millie Mullen Serio of Perry Hall.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 8416 Belair Road, Fullerton.

He also is survived by his father, John J. Serio Jr. of Perry Hall; five brothers, John Bruce Serio, Eugene B. Serio, Patrick N. Serio, all of Baltimore, Michael D. Serio of Melbourne Beach, Fla., and John Mark Serio of Snowmass, Colo.; his grandmother, Loretta Queeney of Baltimore; and one niece.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hall College, 8102 LaSalle Road, Towson 21204. Theodore W. Hill Jr., 37, a bus driver for Baltimore schools before retiring because of illness, died Sunday of complications of liver disease at Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

Known as "Butter," he was reared in West Baltimore and educated in city schools. He left high school and joined the Marine Corps in 1973 and later was discharged because of illness. Returning to the city, he was an installer for Anchor Fence and drove a truck for J. J. Adams Oil Co. until 1981. The Baltimore native retired as a bus driver in 1984.

He enjoyed playing basketball and singing with the church choir at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where he was a member and where services were conducted yesterday.

Mr. Hill is survived by his wife of 11 years, the former Mary Page; a son, Terrance Smith; a daughter, Katrina Hill; his parents, Theodore W. Hill Sr. and Margaret P. Pierson; two brothers, Dale T. Hill and Edward A. Pierson; six sisters, Patricia V. Hill, Felecia A. Hill, Sharon P. Pierson, Crystal E. Pierson, Shalonda P. Farbee and Pia S. Pierson; and a grandchild, all of Baltimore.

Andrew D. Zafiris

Restaurateur, club owner

Andrew D. Zafiris, who had owned restaurants and nightclubs on Pulaski Highway, died Wednesday of cancer at his home on Ravenwood Road in East Baltimore.

Mr. Zafiris, 76, started in business for himself in the late 1950s as owner of the Super Diner on Pulaski Highway near Erdman Avenue in East Baltimore.

He retired in 1968 as a partner in the Latin Casino restaurant and nightclub in Middle River. For a time, he also owned the Jolly Roger restaurant and club in Rosedale.

A native of the Greek Island of Samos, he served in the Greek air force in the late 1940s, just before he came to Baltimore.

Before going into business for himself, he worked in a city tavern. After his retirement, he became the owner of a hotel on Samos but was not active in its operation.

Services were set for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Evangelia A. Petrou; a son, Dimitrios A. Zafiris of Gambrills; a brother, Manolis Zafiris of Athens, Greece; a sister, Aristea Psougli of Athens; and two grandchildren.

Mabel W. Lawrence

Housekeeper, caterer

Mabel W. Lawrence, a retired housekeeper and caterer who was active in the Providence Baptist Church in Baltimore, died Sept. 17 of pneumonia at the Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown.

The 86-year-old city resident retired about 15 years ago as a housekeeper in Manhasset, N.Y. She moved to Baltimore from Hempstead, N.Y., at her retirement.

Her husband, Egbert C. Lawrence, died in 1986.

Mrs. Lawrence had worked as a housekeeper in New York City as well as on Long Island, where she also operated her catering business.

Born near Tappahannock, Va., the former Mabel White was the eldest of 12 children, most of whom came to Baltimore and stayed with relatives while attending Douglass High. She moved to New York after her graduation from Douglass.

A charter member of Providence Baptist Church, she became active there again after returning to Baltimore and served on the finance committee of the building fund for the present church.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the church, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave.

She is survived by a son, Carl Lawrence of Los Angeles; a daughter, Sarah W. Lawrence of Altadena, Calif.; two sisters, E. Lucille Russ and R. Myrtle Cole, both of Baltimore; and three brothers, Clifford White of Owings Mills and Milton and George White, both of Baltimore.

Theodore Clemens

Retired accountant

Theodore R. Clemens, a retired accountant for a textile firm, died Tuesday after a heart attack at his home in Catonsville.

Mr. Clemens, 89, was a certified public accountant and the chief accountant for W.J. Dickey & Sons Co. in Oella until it closed in 1972.

He also had taught accounting at the Eastern College of Commerce and Law, which was founded by his father and was merged into the University of Baltimore in 1970.

The New York City native came to Baltimore with his family in 1913 and was a graduate of City College and the University of Baltimore. He was a member of the Grachur Club.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Lorraine Park Cemetery, 5608 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn.

He is survived by his wife, the former Agatha Moore; two daughters, Carole C. Ferguson of Baltimore and Virginia C. Reister of Kingsport, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


* Harry B. Uppercue,Harry B. Uppercue, a retired psychiatric nurse, died of cancer Monday at his home in Odessa, Fla. He was 63 and had moved to Florida two months ago from his Joppa home. He retired in 1991 from the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, where he had been a nurse since 1966 and for several years was director of nursing. He had previously worked at Franklin Square Hospital. Born in the Park Heights area of Baltimore, he was active in the affairs of the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, at Joppa Farm Road and Towne Center Drive in Joppatowne, where a memorial service is planned for 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Survivors include his wife, Jean Dittrich, whom he married in 1952; three sons, H. Brenton Uppercue of Tampa, Fla., Byron E. Uppercue of Odessa, Fla., and Brian A. Uppercue of Abingdon; a daughter, Carol U. Nastalski of Joppa; and six grandchildren.

* Richard W. Krug Sr.,Richard W. Krug Sr., 68, a retired superintendent of meatpacking for Safeway Supermarkets and a World War II infantryman and POW, died of cancer Saturday at the Fort Myers Cancer Care Center in Florida. Mr. Krug, who had worked for Safeway since 1946, retired from his job at the supermarket chain's Landover distribution center in 1985. Born and reared in New Oxford, Pa., Mr. Krug joined the Army in 1943, seeing action during the invasion of Normandy and the battle for the Rhineland before being captured by the Germans and sent to a prisoner of war camp in Poland. After the war he returned to Riverdale and met his wife, the former Helen Augst, whom he married in 1946. A memorial service is planned for 8 p.m. Monday at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park. Mr. Krug also is survived by a son, Richard W. Krug Jr. of Elkridge; three daughters, Nancy E. Karmann of Arnold, Betty Henderson of Laurel and Patricia Dennison of Odenton; his mother, Ruth E. Herman of Fort Myers; and five grandsons.

* Howard M. Roberts,Howard M. Roberts, 75, a retired customer relations worker for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died Wednesday at his Columbia home of progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurological disease that weakens the muscles. A native of Glen Burnie, he served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific and in the occupation of Japan during World War II. Services were set for 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W. in Glen Burnie. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Estelle White; two sons, Michael K. Roberts of Browns Mills, N.J., and J. Craig Roberts of Arlington, Va.; a daughter, Judith E. Roberts of Columbia; a brother, Donald R. Roberts of Kilmarnock, Va.; and two grandchildren.

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