Funeral services will be held for Charles Wilbur Esserwein, a former local restaurateur, at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lemmon Mitchell Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road.
Mr. Esserwein died yesterday morning after a long bout with Parkinson's disease at his Lutherville home. He was 75 years old.
He was born in East Baltimore, the son of Louise and John J. Esserwein. He attended St. Paul's Catholic School.
He worked as a manager of a Read's Drug store at Baltimore and Calvert streets, then became manager of Morgan M. Millard's restaurant in downtown Baltimore.
In the early 1940s, Mr. Esserwein bought the Clearview Restaurant at Baltimore and Water streets. He sold that establishment in 1951 to buy the Orchard Inn Restaurant in Towson, which he operated with his brother, James.
Mr. Esserwein sold his restaurant in May 1978 and retired. He traveled throughout the United States and abroad during his retirement. He became ill with Parkinson's disease about 10 years ago.
Mr. Esserwein is survived by his wife, Charlene Esserwein of Lutherville; three daughters, Corinne Collison of Timonium, Janet Grego of Towson, and Joan Carberry of Perry Hall; and six grandchildren.