Jonathan BerkowitzFitness trainerServices for Jonathan A...


December 10, 1991

Jonathan Berkowitz

Fitness trainer

Services for Jonathan A. Berkowitz, a fitness trainer who never recovered from auto accident injuries suffered about 14 months ago, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 5555 Twin Knolls Road in Columbia.

Mr. Berkowitz died Friday at Deaton Hospital and Medical Center in Baltimore as a result of head injuries received in the accident in Baltimore Oct. 7, 1990. He was 24.

He had been a patient in four hospitals since the accident and was at Deaton since July.

Mr. Berkowitz earned a bachelor's degree in business from Frostburg State University in 1989 and was taking classes in physical fitness and working as a trainer at a Towson spa when the accident occurred.

He was a 1985 graduate of Centennial High School, where he played lacrosse. At Frostburg, he belonged to a sports fraternity and played lacrosse and rugby. Since age 5, he played ice hockey.

Mr. Berkowitz was born in Silver Spring, then moved with his family to Philadelphia. Twelve years later, the family moved to Columbia.

Mr. Berkowitz is survived by his parents, Anne and David Berkowitz, and a sister, Rachel Berkowitz, all of Columbia; and his grandmother, Gladys Berkowitz of Metuchen, N.J.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Nancy Cruzan Foundation, 217 Cass St., Cartersville, Mo. 64835. Services for Marcus M. Botsaris, who was retired as owner of several businesses in Essex where he was active in the community, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St.

Mr. Botsaris, who was 64, died Sunday after a heart attack at his home on Stemmers Run Road in Essex.

He retired about 12 years ago from his main business by closing the Thunderbird Drive-In, which he started in the early 1950s.

For several more years he operated Michael's Restaurant and the Eastern Texaco Station and continued until his death to be active as an investor in real estate.

A former president of the Essex-Middle River Chamber of Commerce, he was also a former vice president of the Baltimore County Board of Education, on which he served from 1972 until 1984.

Born in Farrell, Pa., and reared in Sharon, Pa., where he graduated from high school, he served in the Army during World War II.

He attended what is now Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and later took courses at the Essex Community College.

He is survived by his wife, the former Edith Thuman; a son, Michael Botsaris of Baltimore; two brothers, Michael and Jimmy Pangalis, and a sister, Dimitria Tsambikos, all of of Essex.

Brenda A. H. Sagee

Bank teller, model, actor

Brenda Ann Harris Sagee of Long Island City, N.Y., a former model who grew up in Baltimore, died Nov. 3 of cancer. She was 46.

She graduated from South Point High School and Temple Business School in Baltimore. She was formerly employed as head teller at Provident Savings Bank in Sparrows Point and later by Commercial Credit in Baltimore.

She was active for a number of years at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Turners Station.

Mrs. Sagee moved to New York in 1975 to work as a professional model and appeared in the movies "Arthur," "Fort Apache, the Bronx" and others.

She is survived by her husband, Nathaniel Sagee; two daughters, Lisa Roy of Denver and Liel Sagee of New York; three sons, Stephen Smith Jr. of Denver; Brendon Smith of Turners Station and Skyel Sagee of New York; her mother, Drexel F. Harris; a sister, Evernia Bendahmane of Denver; three brothers, Muhammad A. Ali of Greensboro, Wayne Harris of Turners Station and Michael C. Harris of Denver; and three grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 8 in Turners Station.

Joseph C. Koontz

Civil engineer

Services for Joseph C. Koontz, a civil engineer who was vice president for engineering of Rodgers and Associates in Rockville, will be held tomorrow and Saturday.

At 11 a.m. tomorrow, services for Mr. Koontz, who was 49 and lived in Woodbine, will be held at St. John's Evangelical Church in Bedford, Pa.

A memorial service for Mr. Koontz, who died Saturday of cancer at a hospital in Washington, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Olin L.Molesworth Funeral Home in Damascus.

He had been associated with the Rodgers planning firm since 1988.

From 1971 until 1987, he had been associated with Kidde Consultants Inc., rising from project engineer to division chief.

From 1966 until 1971, he was a project engineer for the J. E. Greiner Co. in Baltimore.

Born in Cumberland, he attended Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., before his 1966 graduation from the West Virginia Institute of Technology with a civil engineering degree. He was registered as a professional engineer in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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