Ernesto Troia, 53, chef and outdoorsmanErnesto Troia,...


Ernesto Troia, 53, chef and outdoorsman

Ernesto Troia, a former chef who had worked at several notable Baltimore restaurants, died Sunday of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 53.

During his 25-year culinary career, Mr. Troia had been chef at his uncle's restaurant, Cafe Troia in Towson, as well as Mainly Pasta in Hollins Market and the now-closed Velleggia's Restaurant in Towson.

He also was chef at the Crow's Nest and La Fuenta, both on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, before he returned to Towson because of failing health in 1999.

Born in Naples, Italy, he immigrated to Baltimore in 1962 and graduated from Patapsco Senior High School. He studied cooking and graduated from the Baltimore International Culinary College.

He sang with a number of Baltimore bands over the years; most recently, he was a vocalist with Phat City. An avid outdoorsman, he often hiked in Catoctin, Gunpowder and Rocks state parks.

His marriages to the former Donna Berg and Doreen Knight ended in divorce.

Services were held Tuesday.

He is survived by a son, Niko Troia of Rosedale; a daughter, Laura Troia of Westminster; his mother, Elena Troia of Timonium; a brother, Gino Troia of Timonium; a sister, Maria Cohen of Delray Beach, Calif.; two grandchildren; and his companion, Debbie Miller of Towson.

A. Dorothea S. Rettew, 70, public school educator

A. Dorothea Schmidt Rettew, a former Baltimore County public school educator and Hutzlers' sales associate, died Wednesday in her sleep at her Phoenix, Baltimore County, home. She was 70.

Mrs. Rettew taught English and world history at Stemmers Run Junior High School in Essex from 1952 until 1957, when she was transferred to Kenwood Senior High School in Essex, where she taught until 1965.

Interested in theater, Mrs. Rettew was a member of the Stagecrafters, an amateur theater group. She also directed student plays at Stemmers Run and Kenwood.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, she worked at Hutzlers' Towson department store as a sales associate in women's shoes.

A. Dorothea Schmidt was born and raised in Hamilton, where her father was the pharmacist at Purdum's, which later became the Arcade Drug store.

She was proud of the fact that her great-grandfather, Georg Paulus Schmidt, and her grandfather, Johann Adam Schmidt, worked in the famed McShane Foundry in Baltimore, casting bells.

"Her grandfather helped cast the City Hall bell, and it carries his signature," said her daughter, Louisa Rettew of Phoenix, Baltimore County.

She was a 1949 graduate of Eastern High School and earned her bachelor's degree from Western Maryland College.

Mrs. Rettew also was interested in genealogy, travel, gardening and cooking.

She was a member for many years of Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton, where she taught Sunday school and directed pageants.

Since 1962, she had been a parishioner of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sweet Air, where she was treasurer of the women's organization, a member of the Deborah Circle and encouraged and supported wider church involvement in charitable endeavors.

She married Thomas Keenly Rettew in 1962, a former Baltimore City public school educator.

Services were held yesterday.

Mrs. Rettew is survived by her husband and daughter.

Barbara S. K. Stanley, 85, school admissions director

Barbara Sprague Kerr Stanley, a former director of admissions at Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School and a homemaker, died Wednesday of kidney failure at Keswick Multi-Care Center in North Baltimore. She was 85.

Mrs. Stanley, who had moved this year to Keswick, had resided at Vantage House in Columbia for two years.

A 1936 graduate of the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston, Mrs. Stanley later worked as admissions director and registrar at the school during the late 1930s and 1940s.

She was married in 1939 to Donald E. Kerr Sr., and moved to Baltimore in 1950 when her husband became an assistant professor of physics at the Johns Hopkins University. He died in 1975.

A longtime resident of Tuscany-Canterbury in North Baltimore, Mrs. Stanley enjoyed crossword puzzles, archaeology, foreign travel and reading. She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Guilford and the Johns Hopkins Club.

Born Barbara Sprague in Revere, Mass., she graduated from Revere High School in 1934.

She was married in 1980 to Julian C. Stanley, a retired professor of psychology at the Johns Hopkins University, who survives her.

Plans for a memorial service in Baltimore were incomplete yesterday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Donald E. Kerr Jr. of Greenwich, Conn.; a daughter, Janet Kerr Liebeskind of Marshfield, Mass.; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Donald E. Kerr Award Fund, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.

Elizabeth B. Biles, 86, French teacher

Elizabeth B. Biles, a former teacher and Tennessee resident, died Sunday of cancer at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. She was 86.

Mrs. Biles, who had been president of the Brooks Art Gallery League in Memphis, had moved to Sykesville to be near her family.

Elizabeth Boone was born and raised in Seattle, where she graduated from high school. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1936. In 1939, she earned a master's degree in art history from New York University.

She taught French at Central High School and the University of Memphis in the 1960s. She also was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and enjoyed gardening and entertaining.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Fairhaven Chapel, 7200 Third Ave., Sykesville.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, James D. Biles Jr. of Annapolis; two sons, James D. Biles III of Annapolis and Philip K. Biles of Tullahoma, Tenn.; a daughter, Elizabeth Biles of Ellicott City; and four grandchildren.

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