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John ValenteNightclub ownerJohn Valente, a retired Eastern...


John Valente

Nightclub owner

John Valente, a retired Eastern Shore nightclub and mobile home park owner, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Wye Mills. He was 69.

Mr. Valente retired about 15 years ago as owner of the Country Lounge in Sudlersville, Queen Anne's County, which he had owned for about five years, and from the Brown Fox Lounge in Dover, Del., which he had owned for 20 years.

He also retired about 10 years ago as owner of the Enchanted Acres Mobile Home Park in Millsboro, Del., about two years after moving to Maryland.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday in Queenstown.

He is survived by his wife of seven years, the former Moira Jean Meredith; a daughter, Carol Donato of Plano, Texas; two sons, Robert and John Valente, both of Las Vegas; four stepdaughters, Linda Meredith and Tracy Ross, both of Hillsboro, Sharon Foular of Groton, Conn., and Amy Hutchison of Easton; a stepson, Kevin Meredith of Wye Mills; 11 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Margaret D. Pearce


Margaret Dorney Pearce, who taught fourth grade at Lutherville Elementary School for a decade before retiring, died Tuesday of heart failure at North Oaks Retirement Community. She was 86.

The former Stoneleigh resident retired in 1979. In the 1940s, she taught deaf students in her native Chicago. She was educated in Chicago and earned a bachelor's degree from the Chicago Normal Teachers College.

In retirement, she lived in Palm Beach, Fla., for about 10 years.

Mrs. Pearce moved to Baltimore in 1948 with her husband, John M. Pearce, an electrical engineer, whom she married in 1932. Mr. Pearce, retired from Martin-Marietta Corp., died in 1992.

She was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, the Three Arts Club and was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday.

She is survived by three daughters, Maurita Riley of Catonsville, Marcia Burgdorf of Guilford, and Margo Davis of Fort Worth, Texas; and nine grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to St. Mary's Seminary and University School of Theology and Ecumenical Institute, 5400 Roland Ave., Baltimore 21210.

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