Chuck M. VarvaroNightclub ownerChuck M. Varvaro, a former...

September 03, 1994

Chuck M. Varvaro

Nightclub owner

Chuck M. Varvaro, a former nightclub owner, died Wednesday of cancer at his Glen Burnie home. He was 66.

He owned the Park Lounge in Brooklyn from 1974 to 1978, when he sold the business and retired. Earlier, he owned the Escalator Lounge in Woodlawn.

The Baltimore native was educated at St. Ambrose School. During World War II, he was a merchant marine seaman in the European Theater and was discharged in 1945. He was a member of the La Dolce Vita Social Club.

His wife, the former Catherine Messina, whom he married in 1954, died in 1975.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 12:30 p.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Ritchie Highway and Cypress Creek Road, Severna Park, with interment in Meadowridge Memorial Park.

He is survived by a son, Tony Varvaro of Chester; a daughter, Jo Ann Varvaro of Stevensville; two brothers, Joseph Varvaro of Jarrettsville and Vince Varvaro of Woodstock; his father, Ernest Varvaro of Baltimore; two stepbrothers, William and John Venizelos, both of Severna Park; a stepson, Robert Dof

flemyer of Goldsboro, N.C.; his fiancee, Judy L. Anderson of Glen Burnie; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Toys for Tots, or the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville 21108.

Cornelia Potter Read

Army nurse during war

Cornelia Potter Read, an Army nurse during World War II, died Aug. 27 of complications of emphysema at the Knollwood Army Officers Retirement Home in Washington, where she had 1945 lived for 15 years. She was 85.

She was born in Monkton, where her father was rector of St. James Episcopal Church. She was reared there and in Berlin, where her father was rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He also started and was rector of St. Paul's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City.

In 1932, she graduated from the nursing school at the London Hospital in England and returned to Baltimore for postgraduate training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Her husband, John William

Mackey Read, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, died in 1972.

Services were set for 4:30 p.m. today at St. Paul's Church in Berlin and at 11 a.m. Monday in the Chapel of Knollwood.

She is survived by two daughters, Neal Potter Read of Verdi, Nev., and Carol Read-Andersen of Carson City, Nev. Benjamin E. "Bud" Clark Jr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. appliance salesman and a model railroad enthusiast, died Wednesday of heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital. The Glen Burnie resident was 69.

He began his career at BGE in 1944 as an office boy and joined the Marine Corps later that year. He returned to the utility after he was discharged in 1946 with the rank of corporal. He retired in 1987.

For many years he built extensive Christmas gardens and his seasonal activity evolved into a year-round hobby. He filled a basement and later his Glen Burnie apartment with model railroad equipment that he collected.

Born and reared on Edgewood Street in West Baltimore, Mr. Clark grew up with Gov. William Donald Schaefer. He graduated from City College in 1943 and studied at the Johns Hopkins University for a year.

His marriage ended in divorce.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie, with interment in Glen Haven Memorial Park.

Survivors include a son, Mark Edward Clark Sr. of Catonsville; two daughters, Carole Clark Papper of Muncie, Ind., and Jodi Lednum of Bethany Beach, Del.; a special companion, Marnie Morrison of Glen Burnie; a stepson, Rob Morrison of Pasadena; a stepdaughter, Bonnie L. Dorsey of Charlotte, N.C.; and 13 grandchildren.

Helen Marie Avara

School cafeteria worker

Helen Marie Oppel Avara, a retired cafeteria worker and homemaker, died Wednesday of heart failure at her daughter's home in Severn. The 50-year Glen Burnie resident was 88.

She retired in 1964 from Glen Burnie High School where she had been employed as a cafeteria worker since 1952. Born and reared in Southwest Baltimore, she was educated in city schools.

Her first marriage ended in divorce. Her second husband, Samuel M. Avara, whom she married in 1923, died in 1958.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 7438 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie.

Survivors include a son, Donald L. White of Glen Burnie; four daughters, Helen C. Vance of Owosso, Mich., Lettie A. Musto of Chambersburg, Pa., Joyce A. Hain of Lansdowne and Paula C. Bohle of Severn; a sister, Audrey Ergot of Glen Burnie; 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville 21108.

Audrey Ammons

Loan clerk for Signet

Audrey Ammons, a loan clerk, died Thursday of cancer at a daughter's home in Severn. She was 67 and a resident of Pigtown in Southwest Baltimore.

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