Marius A. SciarrettaRetired postal workerMarius A...


February 26, 1993

Marius A. Sciarretta

Retired postal worker

Marius A. Sciarretta, a retired postal worker, died Jan. 1 of congestive heart failure at Fallston General Hospital. He was 81.

The Perry Hall resident was born in Lariano, Italy. He was 3 months old when his family immigrated to Baltimore and settled in Little Italy. He attended public schools here.

He was drafted in 1942 and served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a sergeant. He later went to work for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1981.

During his retirement, he kept busy doing odd jobs around his house and tending his lawn, which he kept carefully manicured. He was a sports fan who particularly enjoyed watching the Orioles on television. He was a former member of the Italian-American Democratic Club and the Northwestern Optimist Club.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, the former Mildred Hudson; two brothers, Michael T. Sciarretta of Manchester and Richard E. Sciarretta of Finksburg; and two sisters, Lillian M. Wallett and Bianca E. Sciarretta, both of Reisterstown.

Services were conducted Jan. 5.

Thomas A. Manning

Printing executive

Thomas A. Manning, president and chief executive officer of Judd's Inc., a Washington-based magazine and book printing company, who started and headed its Baltimore subsidiary, Port City Press, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Arlington, Va.

Mr. Manning, 60, became president of Judd's in 1988. The firm also has a subsidiary in Washington, Judd & Detweiler, and a division in Strasburg, Va.

He began woking for the company in 1953 as an accounting clerk in Washington and was sent to Baltimore in 1961 to set up Port City, where he later served as president.

The New Rochelle, N.Y., native was a graduate of Gonzaga College High School. In Washington, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Southeastern University.

He served on the boards of the Printing Industry of Maryland, the Master Printers of America, the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation and the Printing Industries of America.

The Master Printers gave him a distinguished service award in 1984 and named him man of the year in 1986. The Printing Industries of America gave him its "Nickels" Award and named him to its Ash Khan Society, and the Printing Industries of Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania awarded him the Ben Franklin Outstanding Achievement Award. In 1991, he was admitted to the Printing Impressions Hall of Fame of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Manning was offered Wednesday.

His first wife, the former Katherine Sweeney, died in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, the former Victoria Matulewicz; seven daughters, Patricia Kwetkauskie of Drums, Pa., Marianne M. Lancaster of Wilmington, Del., Katherine M. Lane and Rosemarie M. Brandt of Baltimore, Lisa Manning of Goshen, Ky., Mary Jeannine Manning of Columbia and Theresa M. Manning of Arlington; three sons, Thomas J. Manning of Baltimore, Michael E. Manning of Manchester and Frank J. Manning of Cockeysville; his mother, Helen Manning Ray of Silver Spring; a sister, Jean Ridgeway of Rockville; and eight grandchildren.

Edna M. DeFord

Restaurant singer

Edna M. DeFord, a popular Harford Road restaurant and tavern singer, died Feb. 7 at Franklin Square Hospital of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She was 85.

Mrs. DeFord and her husband, Harold, performed as "Sing Along With Edna and Harold," and as "Edna and Harold, the Party Makers." They began singing in taverns and restaurants in the area in the 1950s.

"We started singing at the Wilkens House on Harford Road, and we wound up our career at the Glenmore Tavern in 1991 after working for four owners," Mr. DeFord said. "We played every place on the Harford Road during our career."

One of the owners of the Glenmore Tavern they worked for was Red Berman, a Baltimore prizefighter who fought Joe Louis in the 1930s.

They appeared in Ocean City, performing at the Colonial Hotel and the Commander, as well as at several restaurants and taverns in Wildwood, N.J.

"The one number that got them on their feet was 'God Bless America,' " Mr. DeFord said. "We'd have flags and the whole thing, and it was a sure way to get an applause."

Mrs. DeFord was born Edna Saxton in Omega, Ohio. She and Mr. DeFord were married in 1948.

Services for the Hamilton resident were conducted Feb. 10.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Howard W. Adams of Baltimore and Charles R. Fout of Bethany Beach, Del.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

William D. Foster III

Sheriff's lieutenant

William D. Foster III, a lieutenant in the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Department, died Monday at Memorial Hospital in Easton of injuries he suffered Nov. 30 in a fall from the attic of his garage.

He was 57 and lived in Centreville.

He joined the county Sheriff's Department in 1975 and worked courtroom security details until 1979, when he was transferred to the criminal investigations unit.

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