Sadie Vinci, the retired owner of a confectionary store and luncheonette that her father founded in the late 1890s in the Druid Hill Park area, died Thursday of Alzheimer's disease and cancer at Sinai Hospital. She was 80.
She went to work for Vinci and Sons Confectionary in the 2300 block of N. Fulton Ave. after she graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame high school in the 1930s. For a while, she and her mother ran the business together.
Ms. Vinci, who grew up near the family store, retired and closed it in 1987. The store was next to the old Park Terminal Car Barn, which later became the property of the city Water Department.
Employees from those agencies were among her customers, stopping in to buy the delicacies she sold -- Italian cakes filled with homemade cream custard and topped with shaved almonds and chocolate, and cannoli, cookies and pies.
Sometimes, Ms. Vinci would whip up something extra for relatives and friends on birthdays and other special occasions. She would do the same for favorite customers at no charge, said her niece Bridget C. Singleton, 68, of Pikesville.
She said her aunt was affectionately known as "Miss Sadie" to her customers and that she touched them with her generosity, often allowing them to buy items on credit even though she knew they did not have the money to pay her back.
"People would always say, 'We love Miss Sadie,' " said Ms. Singleton. "And she would always say back, 'I love you too.' "
The store and luncheonette, originally decorated with imported marble that Ms. Vinci's father brought from Italy, could seat about 25 people.
Ms. Singleton recalled that her aunt had several hobbies over the years, including coin collecting and photography. She enjoyed taking pictures at birthdays, family gatherings and holidays. She also sewed dresses and coats.
Ms. Singleton said Ms. Vinci lived with her for 20 years before she entered a Pikesville nursing home 2 1/2 years ago.
Besides Ms. Singleton, Ms. Vinci is survived by a sister, Concettina Vinci of Catonsville; and two other nieces Concetta M. Kraus of Hamilton and Concetta M. Vinci of Catonsville.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. Charles Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville. Burial will take place at the New Cathedral Cemetery in Baltimore.
Eva C. Cilento
Eva C. Cilento, a homemaker and longtime resident of Highlandtown, died Friday of a heart attack at her daughter's home in Perry Hall.
Mrs. Cilento, 90, was known for her dressmaking skills and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She made clothes for relatives and close friends, including members of U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's family. The families lived on same East Baltimore street.
Mrs. Cilento liked to tell people that she made Ms. Mikulski's Holy Communion dress, said her son Donald H. Cilento of Dundalk.
Born Eva Bitzelberger, she attended Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School and worked for L. Greif & Bros., a men's clothier, until 1926, when she and Nicholas J. Cilento were married. Mr. Cilento, a retired electrician, died in 1981.
Mrs. Cilento was member of the Sodality at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Highlandtown, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Interment will be at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery in Dundalk.
In addition to her son, she is survived by another son, Carroll J. Cilento of Perry Hall; a daughter, Geraldine L. Bitzel of Perry Hall; and four grandchildren.
Henry F. Huber
Henry F. "Harry" Huber, a former railroad police officer and owner of a Baltimore landscaping business, died Thursday of a heart attack at St. Agnes Hospital.
Mr. Huber, 82, of Violetville in southwest Baltimore retired in the 1960s from the Western Maryland Railway police department. He had worked at the railroad's Port Covington facility for about 20 years.
Forty years ago, he established H. F. Huber and Son Inc., which does landscaping for funeral homes and cemeteries and has state contracts for groundskeeping along major highways.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, 114 W. Saratoga St. Interment will be at Parkwood Cemetery.
Mr. Huber is is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Loretta E. Schirmer; a daughter, Frances M. Padalecki of Castle Rock, Colo.; a son, Harry Huber Jr. of Reisterstown; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.