Frank R. Rallo, 81, co-owner of restaurant Frank R...

March 01, 2000

Frank R. Rallo, 81, co-owner of restaurant

Frank R. Rallo, retired co-owner and manager of Rallo's Restaurant, died in his sleep Thursday at his Hamilton residence. He was 81.

Mr. Rallo retired in 1981 from the Locust Point restaurant in the 800 block of E. Fort Ave. that had been established in 1941 by his father, Louis Rallo, an Italian immigrant who settled in Baltimore in 1910.

Mr. Rallo had shared ownership and management of the business with his brother, John Rallo, who died in 1983.

Rallo's was known for its homemade soups, heaping portions of beef stew, fried crab cakes and sour beef and dumplings. It was a favorite of railroad workers from the nearby CSX Riverside yards, longshoremen and politicians.

Mr. Rallo enjoyed being out front, greeting customers.

"He was a rotten cook who couldn't boil water. Cooking was not his forte," said a brother, Vincent Rallo of Homeland.

"He was a jocular and very personable man, who enjoyed kidding and talking with his customers," said Mr. Rallo, who took over the restaurant after his brothers retired.

Born in Locust Point, Frank Rallo was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

He enjoyed duckpin bowling, playing the piano and travel. He was an active member of the Sons of Italy.

He was a communicant of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

Mr. Rallo is survived by his wife, the former Marie A. Cinquegrani, whom he married in 1943; a son, Louis S. Rallo of Hamilton; a daughter, Salva M. Rallo of Pasadena; two other brothers, Salvatore Rallo of Ellicott City and Joseph Rallo of Towson; and four grandchildren.

Leon M. Woolf, 67, Waxter Center director

Leon M. Woolf, a pioneering gerontologist and first executive director of Waxter Center for Senior Citizens, died Thursday of undetermined causes at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 67.

Mr. Woolf believed that senior citizen centers ought to be vibrant and interactive places rather than merely adult day care centers.

He was the first director of Metropolitan Senior Citizens Center, which evolved into the Waxter Center and opened in 1976 in a round brick building at 861 Park Ave. Three years later, he resigned to head Senior Adult Services of the Jewish Community Centers in Chicago.

In 1987, he moved to Israel, where he was an educational grant administrator, and returned to Baltimore in 1995. In recent years, he was a part-time consultant at the Essex campus of Community College of Baltimore County, where he oversaw the retired citizens' program.

Born in Northwest Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from Yeshiva University in New York City.

He was a member of Beth Abraham, Shomrei Emunah and Shaarei Zion congregations.

Services were held Friday in Israel.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sara Lee Texer; three sons, Catriel Lev, Yisrael Woolf and Yzvi Woolf, all of Israel; three sisters, Reba Surosky and Elsie Jacobson of Baltimore, and Shulamith Subar of Israel; and six grandchildren.

Elsie Clare Kenney, 82, elections registrar

Elsie Clare Kenney, a homemaker and former elections registrar, died Wednesday of heart failure at Sunbelt Nursing Home in Zephyr Hills, Fla. She was 82 and had lived in Homeland.

In the 1950s, she became the Republican registrar at the Baltimore Board of Elections Supervisors. She was also office manager of her husband's food brokerage in Govans.

She had been married for 61 years to Melvin R. Kenney Sr., a Republican who served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1954 to 1958. He survives her and lives in Zephyr Hills.

Born in Baltimore, Elsie Clare Riley was educated in city schools.

As a young woman, she danced professionally and appeared at the Hippodrome Theater in "O.K. Baltimore," a revue that starred Betty Grable.

She had been a member of Faith Presbyterian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

She is also survived by a son, Melvin R. Kenney Jr. of Cockeysville; two grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.

Evelyn Marie Respers, 77, nurse's aide, volunteer

Evelyn Marie Respers, a retired nurse's aide and volunteer, died Friday of heart failure at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 77.

Mrs. Respers, who had lived in Northwest Baltimore since the late 1940s, had worked as psychiatric aide at University of Maryland Hospital, now University of Maryland Medical Center, from 1947 until retiring in 1982.

She also worked as a private-duty aide, taking care of patients in their homes.

Mrs. Respers had been a member of Whitestone Baptist Church since 1955, where she was active in several ministries, including the William Howard Circle, the Senior Missionaries, the Gertrude Bagley Memorial Nurses Unit, the Super 60s Ministry and the culinary staff.

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