John T. `Jack' Niesz, 51, dental lab ownerJohn Thomas...

July 16, 1999

John T. `Jack' Niesz, 51, dental lab owner

John Thomas "Jack" Niesz, owner of Arundel Dental Lab in Severna Park, died of lung cancer Monday at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 51.

A Baltimore native and longtime resident of Arnold, Mr. Niesz began working at the dental lab as an administrator in the mid-1970s and bought the company about 20 years ago. He not only ran the business, but worked as a porcelain technician, helping create crowns and bridges for dental patients.

He was a member of the Bay Hills Golf Club for 25 years and loved fishing, bowling, cooking, thoroughbred racehorses, and playing Scrabble.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., in Annapolis.

Mr. Niesz is survived by his wife of 17 years, the former Donna Jean Roseberry; two sons, Jeffrey Evan Niesz of Odenton and John Bradley Niesz of Towson; and a granddaughter.

Catherine L. Davis, 90, Annapolis business operator

Catherine Lazenby Davis, who formerly operated an Annapolis gift shop and enjoyed thoroughbred racing at Pimlico, died of heart failure Sunday at her Guilford home. She was 90.

She joined her sister, June Lazenby Green, in the 1920s in opening the Little Different Shop on State Circle in Annapolis. They operated it for five years. In the 1950s, she managed another State Circle business, the Cruise Inn restaurant.

The former Catherine Hooper Lazenby was born in Catonsville and attended the old Greenwood School in Northwest Baltimore. In 1939, she married John Davis, an investment banker, who died in 1970.

The couple lived at Cool Spring Farm on the Severn River before moving to Baltimore in 1955.

"She had a passion for fun and for horse racing," said her son, Arthur "Otts" Davis of Roland Park. "She was a regular at the members' club at Pimlico and Laurel. She never revealed her handicapping secrets; however, she was a firm believer in the skills of [jockey] Edgar Prado."

She was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, the Gibson Island Club and the Baltimore Country Club.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at her home, 105 Wendover Road.

In addition to her son and sister, she is survived by a daughter, Beverly B. Davis, and a granddaughter, Iris Bierlein, both of Baltimore.

Thomas McDonald Small Jr., 81, Fire Department captain

Thomas McDonald Small Jr., a retired Baltimore City Fire Department captain, died Friday of an infection at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 81 and lived in Arnold.

The Baltimore native joined the department in 1947, and won promotions to lieutenant in 1961 and captain in 1968. His assignments included Engine 32 on South Gay Street and Engine 28 at Mount Royal and Guilford avenues, where he retired in 1977.

His wife of 39 years, the former Mary E. Saffron, died in 1977.

He is survived by a son, Thomas McDonald Small III of Baltimore; two daughters, Carolyn Bengel of Fallston and Linda R. Ramsland of White Hall; a brother, Herbert Small of Baltimore; three sisters, Emma Chaney of Arnold, Sue Hill of Bradenton, Fla., and Gertrude Ellis of Williamsport, Pa.; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday.

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