Robert J. McCartney II, 44, managed Laurel...


Robert J. McCartney II, 44, managed Laurel Kmart

Robert J. McCartney II, a former manager of a Kmart store in Laurel, died Saturday at Georgetown Medical University Hospital Washington after a long battle with cancer. He was 44 and lived in Columbia.

Mr. McCartney was born in Fort Dix, N.J., and raised in South Windsor, Conn. He graduated from East Catholic High School in Manchester, Conn., in 1971. Four years later, he earned a business degree at Providence College in Rhode Island.

Mr. McCartney joined Kmart as a stock clerk 24 years ago. In recent years, he managed several stores on the East Coast.

A golfer and sports enthusiast, Mr. McCartney moved to Columbia in 1989. Soon after, he met his wife of five years, the former Annette Smith, a regional computer systems trainer for Kmart.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. tomorrowat St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, on Route 108 in Clarksville.

In addition to his wife, Mr. McCartney is survived by his parents, Helen and Robert J. McCartney of South Windsor; a stepdaughter, Wendy O'Toole of Lorton, Va.; and a brother, James McCartney of Rosamond, Calif.

Thaddeus L. Smith, 70, maitre d'hotel

Thaddeus L. Smith, a retired maitre d'hotel who worked in the dining rooms of Pimlico and Laurel race courses, died Aug. 25 of a heart attack at his Braddish Avenue home. He was 70.

Mr. Smith, who worked during the 1970s at the old Governor's Club in the Jackson Towers Building in the 1100 block of N. Eutaw St., later joined Harry M. Stevens Inc., a catering &r; company.

Mr. Smith, a tall, handsome man with a warm smile who was known as "Uncle Smitty," was a commanding presence in the track dining rooms. He retired in 1993.

Even in his off hours, Mr. Smith, a gourmet cook, liked cooking roasts and turkey dinners for family and friends.

Mr. Smith was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated in 1945 from Douglass High School. He served in the Army and was discharged in 1947 as a master sergeant.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service during the 1950s and 1960s before starting his restaurant career.

He was a lifelong communicant of St. Katherine Episcopal Church, where he had been an acolyte and where services were held Friday.

He married Ruth Weaver in 1950.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Smith is survived by five sisters, Ellen Green, Chlorice "Sue" Ware, Mary Stanley, Katherine Nettles and Winona Dixon, all of Baltimore; a stepbrother, James Brown of Baltimore; and his mother-in-law, Mabel Weaver Holsey of Baltimore.

Elizabeth T. Villa, a homemaker who was active in several church organizations, died Aug. 26 of a stroke at Oak Crest Retirement Community in Parkville. She was 86.

She assisted her husband, John J. Villa, whom she married in 1932 in the operation of Villa Tile Co., which was founded that year. The business, in Baldwin, is operated by their son, F. Robert Villa.

The former Elizabeth Thurnhuber was born and raised in Highlandtown, where she graduated from Sacred Heart Parochial School.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters and Sultanas.

Mrs. Villa enjoyed playing 500 with a card club that has met

regularly since its founding in 1932.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday in the chapel at Oak Crest Village.

In addition to her husband and son, Mrs. Villa is survived by four daughters, Dorothy V. Porter of Dallas, Elizabeth V. Laur of Edgewater, Rosemary Sue V. Mallon of Mudgee, Australia, and Carolyn V. Geraghty of Timonium; three sisters, Catherine Hrebik of Stewartstown, Pa., Marie Ernst of Highlandtown and Ann Vondracek of Baltimore; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Central Maryland Chapter, 1850 York Road, Timonium 21093-5142.

Pub Date: 9/02/97

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