Douglas S. SerioCareer restaurateurDouglas S. Serio, a...


September 24, 1993

Douglas S. Serio

Career restaurateur

Douglas S. Serio, a career restau- PHOTOrateur who was the banquet manager of the PGA National Resort and Spa in Florida, died Sept. 15 of hepatitis at West Palm Beach Regional Hospital. He was 42.

The former Baltimore resident moved to Lake Worth, Fla., in 1992 to work as banquet manager at the resort which is owned by the Professional Golf Association. Before that he was manager of Harrison's Inn at Pier 5 and a co-owner of Roscoe's, a St. Paul Street restaurant that was named after his pet dog.

He was reared in Northwood and was a graduate of St. Matthew's Grammar School and a 1969 graduate of Calvert Hall College. He studied at Baltimore Community College and received a bachelor's degree from Towson State College in 1973. He began his career in restaurants on Cape Cod and in Boston.

Fond of dramatics, he participated in many shows at Calvert Hall. He was also a member of a choral group there. He also enjoyed woodworking and "simply loved decorating for Christmas," recalled his mother, Millie Mullen Serio of Perry Hall.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 8416 Belair Road, Fullerton.

He also is survived by his father, John J. Serio Jr. of Perry Hall; five brothers, John Bruce Serio, Eugene B. Serio, Patrick N. Serio, all of Baltimore, Michael D. Serio of Melbourne Beach, Fla., and John Mark Serio of Snowmass, Colo.; his grandmother, Loretta Queeney of Baltimore; and one niece.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hall College, 8102 LaSalle Road, Towson 21204. Theodore W. Hill Jr., 37, a bus driver for Baltimore schools before retiring because of illness, died Sunday of complications of liver disease at Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

Known as "Butter," he was reared in West Baltimore and educated in city schools. He left high school and joined the Marine Corps in 1973 and later was discharged because of illness. Returning to the city, he was an installer for Anchor Fence and drove a truck for J. J. Adams Oil Co. until 1981. The Baltimore native retired as a bus driver in 1984.

He enjoyed playing basketball and singing with the church choir at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where he was a member and where services were conducted yesterday.

Mr. Hill is survived by his wife of 11 years, the former Mary Page; a son, Terrance Smith; a daughter, Katrina Hill; his parents, Theodore W. Hill Sr. and Margaret P. Pierson; two brothers, Dale T. Hill and Edward A. Pierson; six sisters, Patricia V. Hill, Felecia A. Hill, Sharon P. Pierson, Crystal E. Pierson, Shalonda P. Farbee and Pia S. Pierson; and a grandchild, all of Baltimore.

Andrew D. Zafiris

Restaurateur, club owner

Andrew D. Zafiris, who had owned restaurants and nightclubs on Pulaski Highway, died Wednesday of cancer at his home on Ravenwood Road in East Baltimore.

Mr. Zafiris, 76, started in business for himself in the late 1950s as owner of the Super Diner on Pulaski Highway near Erdman Avenue in East Baltimore.

He retired in 1968 as a partner in the Latin Casino restaurant and nightclub in Middle River. For a time, he also owned the Jolly Roger restaurant and club in Rosedale.

A native of the Greek Island of Samos, he served in the Greek air force in the late 1940s, just before he came to Baltimore.

Before going into business for himself, he worked in a city tavern. After his retirement, he became the owner of a hotel on Samos but was not active in its operation.

Services were set for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Evangelia A. Petrou; a son, Dimitrios A. Zafiris of Gambrills; a brother, Manolis Zafiris of Athens, Greece; a sister, Aristea Psougli of Athens; and two grandchildren.

Mabel W. Lawrence

Housekeeper, caterer

Mabel W. Lawrence, a retired housekeeper and caterer who was active in the Providence Baptist Church in Baltimore, died Sept. 17 of pneumonia at the Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown.

The 86-year-old city resident retired about 15 years ago as a housekeeper in Manhasset, N.Y. She moved to Baltimore from Hempstead, N.Y., at her retirement.

Her husband, Egbert C. Lawrence, died in 1986.

Mrs. Lawrence had worked as a housekeeper in New York City as well as on Long Island, where she also operated her catering business.

Born near Tappahannock, Va., the former Mabel White was the eldest of 12 children, most of whom came to Baltimore and stayed with relatives while attending Douglass High. She moved to New York after her graduation from Douglass.

A charter member of Providence Baptist Church, she became active there again after returning to Baltimore and served on the finance committee of the building fund for the present church.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the church, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave.

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