Charles ZemanShip's officerCharles Zeman, a retired ship's...

March 21, 1994

Charles Zeman

Ship's officer

Charles Zeman, a retired ship's officer whose love of the sea was encouraged by the gift of a ship in a bottle when he was a boy, died March 14 of pneumonia at Harbor Hospital Center. The Brooklyn Park resident was 77.

"His dream was to go to sea and see the world," said his sister, Alma Lynch of Brooklyn Park, his only survivor. "Our father was a captain for the Cuba Distilling Co. in Baltimore and had started his career on sailing ships. He tried awfully hard to discourage him from going to sea.

"He always took him on a sea voyage once a year, and in the early 1930s on a voyage to the West Indies, they hit a bad hurricane and the ship took on a lot of water. He thought that would cure him of wanting to go to sea but it didn't," she said.

Mr. Zeman was born in Curtis Bay and grew up in Brooklyn Park where he attended city schools and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1934.

He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and attended Officers Candidate School until illness forced him to be discharged in 1943.

He returned to Baltimore and worked as a draftsman at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway shipyard before he shipped out in the late-1940s aboard an Exxon tanker. He spent his entire career at sea with the oil company.

"He circumnavigated the globe several times on voyages, and because he was so well read and interested in history, enjoyed taking tours of Greece, Japan and other ports-of-call when he was off duty," Miss Lynch said.

Mr. Zeman retired in 1973 and moved back to Brooklyn Park where he shared the family home with his sister. He enjoyed "puttering around with automobiles, something he learned to do on Model-T's way back," Miss Lynch said.

"My brother loved adventure, and I believe had he been younger, he would have tried to go to outer space," she said.

Some seaman believe that a sea gull that perches on the rail of a ship is a departed sailor.

"Whenever we saw sea gulls, he would always call them dead sailors. So, now whenever I see a sea gull, I'll be seeing my brother," Miss Lynch said.

Services were held Thursday.

Joseph J. Kubala Sr.

Retired steel worker

Joseph J. Kubala Sr., a former Chase resident and retired Baltimore steel worker, died of cancer Friday at a hospital in Salisbury. He was 76.

Mr. Kubala, a native of Fayette County, Pa., had been living in Nelsonia on Virginia's Eastern Shore since 1982. A retired employee of Armco Steel in Baltimore, he was a World War II

Army veteran who served in England.

He is survived by his wife, Valencia Tobar Kubala; two daughters, Illona Marie Kubala and Josephine Mary Lepper, both of Baltimore; a son, Joseph L. Kubala Jr. of Mount Airy; his mother, Mary Hopski Kubala of Point Marion, Pa.; four sisters; Veronica Cavarich and Jane Huha of Midland, Pa., Stella Bertovich of Monaco, Pa., and Thelma Kubala of Point Marion; two brothers, Ed Kubala of Midland and Ted Kubala of Point Marion; and a grandchild.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Olney, Va.

The family suggested donations to the Eastern Shore Rural Health Pharmacy Fund, 8 North St., Onancock, Va. 23417.

Suzanne Zamostny

Insurance specialist

Suzanne Mabry Zamostny, an insurance calculations specialist, died Wednesday of cancer at the Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Edgewater resident was 63.

Mrs. Zamostny worked at various insurance companies, ending her career at the Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Washington. She took a disability leave in August after about six years there.

Her husband, John Zamostny, said she liked boating, cooking, dancing and traveling "anywhere, any time." Mrs. Zamostny was a member of the Fort Washington and Kent Island yacht clubs.

She was born and reared in Pinehurst, N.C., and graduated from Southern Pines High School in Southern Pines, N.C., in 1947.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 515 Loch Haven Road in Edgewater.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of nine years, are two daughters, Laura Lynne Mabry and Janet Marie Mabry, both of Arlington, Va.; three sisters, Helena Root of Charlotte, N.C., Jane Kelley of Tucson, Ariz., and Hazel Richmond of Los Angeles; four stepchildren, Linda Ivko and John "Jay" Zamostny, both of Waldorf; Carol Sullivan of Olney and Terese Baumgartner of Manassas, Va.; and eight grandchildren. She also is survived by her former husband, William R. Mabry of Arlington.

The family suggested donations to the A-6 Oncology Education Fund, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis 21401.

James B. Platner

Manager, sailor

James Booth Platner, a retired manager for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. who loved to sail, died Wednesday of liver failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Severna Park resident was 68.

Mr. Platner, an industrial and mechanical engineer, worked for Bethlehem Steel for 30 years before retiring in 1982.

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