Charles P. Wise Sr., 71, manager, entrepreneur Charles...

July 14, 2000

Charles P. Wise Sr., 71, manager, entrepreneur

Charles P. Wise Sr., who managed stores for Sears, Roebuck and Co. and later owned a brass restoration business, died Sunday from complications of emphysema at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 71.

Mr. Wise, a Wiltondale resident, began his career with Sears in 1953 managing stores in West Virginia, New Jersey and Connecticut before he retired in 1975. After working for a human resources company in Hartford, Conn., he moved to Baltimore in 1983.

After establishing a painting contracting firm, he opened a brass restoration company that refurbished objects such as door knobs, candlesticks and andirons.

An avid gardener, Mr. Wise installed a backyard pond and plantings that were designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Foundation.

Born in Oak Park, Ill., Mr. Wise moved to Guilford as a child and was a 1947 graduate of City College. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1951. He was a member of the Marine Corps and was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

In 1952, he married Isabella A. Stoney.

Services were held yesterday at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Incarnation in Guilford.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wise is survived by two sons, Charles P. Wise Jr. of Willamette, Ill., and Robert Wise of Richmond, Va.; three daughters, Elizabeth Fernald and Pamela Scott, both of Charlottesville, Va., and Holly Wise of Arlington, Va.; his mother, Louise Berry Wise of Baltimore; two sisters, Mary L. Franz and Elizabeth Tuthill Wise, both of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

Louis J. Kousouris Sr., 84, produce company partner

Louis J. Kousouris Sr., a partner in the Baltimore produce company of Kousouris Brothers Produce and former City College football star, died Sunday of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Canton resident was 84.

In 1938, Mr. Kousouris joined his brother-in-law, Jack Marmaras, and established Marmaras & Kousouris Produce Co., which was located for many years at the Pennsylvania Railroad produce terminal in the Mount Vernon yard. He was working at the business, now located in Canton, at the time of his death.

He had owned Finnegan's Bar in the 2300 block of Harford Road from 1945 until 1981.

Born and raised on Carswell Street in Homestead, near City College, Mr. Kousouris was the son of John Kousouris, owner of Pop's Lunch Wagon.

Mr. Kousouris was a center for City College's football team and was captain of the teams that won championships in 1935 and 1936.

In 1944, Mr. Kousouris joined the Army and had completed basic training in Little Rock, Ark., when the war ended. He was discharged with the rank of private in 1945.

His marriage to Alicia Finnegan ended in divorce. He was married for many years to Doris Blatchley, who died in 1997.

Mr. Kousouris was a communicant and member of the parish council at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street, where services were held yesterday.

He is survived by three sons, Louis Kousouris Jr. of Timonium, Steven Kousouris of Finksburg and David Kousouris of Monkton; a daughter, Georgia Angelos of Roland Park; a brother, Peter Kousouris of Towson; a sister, Carrie K. Swann of Fredericksburg, Va.; and seven grandchildren.

Sister Theresa Miriam, 71, parochial school teacher

Sister Theresa Miriam Holbrook, a retired parochial school teacher, died July 7 of respiratory failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. She was 71.

A resident of Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, since she retired in 1996, Sister Miriam started teaching primary grades at St. Joseph Parochial School in Midland, Allegany County, in 1953.

From 1978 to 1986, she ran the refectory at Villa Assumpta, and from 1987 until retiring, she was a child care worker and teacher at St. Vincent Home in Tacony, Pa.

Born Annamae Holbrook in Washington, she attended the Model School, which was on the grounds of Catholic University. She graduated from Immaculata Seminary in Washington in 1947.

Sister Miriam entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1950 and professed her vows in 1953. She received a bachelor's degree in education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1973.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday at Villa Assumpta.

She is survived by a cousin, Jane Guiliani of Potomac.

David A. Krieger, 92, pharmaceutical buyer

David A. Krieger, a retired pharmaceutical buyer, died Sunday of complications of Parkinson's disease at Lorien Columbia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 92.

Mr. Krieger retired from Lowery Drug Co. in Baltimore, where he had been a buyer and clerical worker for 12 years. Earlier, he had managed Caplan's Drugstore at Carey Street and Edmondson Avenue from 1955 until 1965. He began his career in 1940, working at Zentz Pharmacy in Northwest Baltimore.

Born and raised on Madison Avenue in Baltimore, he graduated from City College.

In 1939, he married Sylvia Abramson, who died this year.

Services were held yesterday.

Mr. Krieger is survived by two sons, Sheldon Krieger of Clarksville and Howard Krieger of Pikesville; a brother, Freddie Krieger of Cherry Hill, N.J.; and three grandchildren.


James Thomas: An obituary for James Thomas published July 5 omitted a sister, Julia Harvey of Fallston, from the list of survivors.

The Sun regrets the error.

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