Peter John Tasch Sr., Eldersburg cafe owner

The Baltimore Sun

Peter John Tasch Sr., a former Burger King district supervisor who later owned and operated an Eldersburg cafe, died of heart failure Nov. 25 at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 56.

Mr. Tasch was born in Philadelphia and was raised there and in Hatboro, Pa. He attended schools in Philadelphia and Neshaminy, Pa.

Mr. Tasch worked for many years for Burger King, becoming district supervisor of stores in Atlantic and Cape May counties in New Jersey and Bucks County in Pennsylvania.

In 1994, the former Linwood, N.J., resident moved to Eldersburg, when he took a similar position with Bruegger's Bagels.

After the company began selling its stores, Mr. Tasch purchased Zi Pani Breads Cafe at Route 32 and Londontown Boulevard in Eldersburg, which he had owned and operated since 2000.

A sports car enthusiast, Mr. Tasch enjoyed driving his Chevrolet Super Sport Roadster, and had earlier owned a Ford Mustang. He was also an avid comic book collector and science fiction fan.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Faith Family Church, 4150 Sykesville Road, Finksburg.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, the former Elizabeth Baldwin; a son, Peter John Tasch Jr. of Hanover, Pa.; three daughters, Kelly Tasch, Brittany Tasch and Christine Tasch, all of Eldersburg; his mother, Ruth A. Tasch of Philadelphia; a brother, Bruce Tasch of Pickerington, Ohio; and two sisters, Darlene Dickel and Ruth Leibfried, both of Philadelphia.

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