Harry G. Mantakos, 87, restaurateur, deputy sheriff...

February 06, 2002

Harry G. Mantakos, 87, restaurateur, deputy sheriff

Harry G. Mantakos, a retired restaurateur, died Monday of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 87 and lived in Canton.

He was banquet manager of the old Lord Baltimore Hotel from the 1940s through the 1960s, when he opened Colonial House restaurant in the 5200 block of Belair Road in Gardenville. After giving up the restaurant in the mid-1970s, Mr. Mantakos worked as a deputy city sheriff and for the Belvedere Hotel and Haussner's Restaurant.

Born in Volos, Greece, Mr. Mantakos was a graduate of the Greek Merchant Marine Academy. He immigrated to Baltimore in 1939.

He served in the Army during World War II, and was decorated with the Soldiers Medal for helping to save drowning civilians whose ship was sunk off Hawaii. He attained the rank of master sergeant.

Mr. Mantakos began his career about 60 years ago, working at Harry's Lunch, an Eastern Avenue business owned by a family member.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Cathedral of the Annunciation, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Stella Katsadoros; a son, George Mantakos of Baltimore; a daughter, Tina Wiles of Columbia; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Norline Paulette Stith, 49, insurance agent

Norline Paulette Stith, an insurance agent, died of liver cancer Jan. 30 at Maryland General Hospital. She was 49 and lived in West Baltimore.

For the past four years, she had been an agent for North Carolina Mutual Insurance Co. Earlier, she worked for the Department of Social Services, Amoco Corp. and Supreme Life Insurance Co.

Born and raised in Petersburg, Va., she attended Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore. As a child she was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and walked picket lines alongside her parents to protest racial segregation.

Services were held Monday at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she was a member.

She is survived by a son, Johnny Stith of Baltimore; her father, William Stith of Petersburg; her mother, Anne Squirrel of Baltimore; four brothers, Thaddeus Stith, Alphonso Stith and Armus Stith, all of Baltimore, and Adelious Stith of Security, Colo.; five sisters, Arlethia Stith-Garrison of Baltimore, and Karen Laboo, Gilvia V. Stith, Andrea Muhammed and Gavonzella Burke, all of Petersburg, Va.; five grandchildren; and Toni Owens, Tonya Miller and Tara Powell, all of Baltimore, the daughters of a friend who were part of Miss Stith's extended family.

A son, Curlenzo Stith, died in 1999.

Sister Regina Dolores, 92, parochial school principal

Sister Regina Dolores, a retired parochial school principal, died of a heart attack Jan. 30 at a hospital in Aston, Pa. She was 92 and lived at her order's retirement home in Aston.

A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for nearly seven decades, she taught and was a school administrator in Baltimore for more than four decades.

She was principal at St. Joseph in Fullerton from 1950 to 1956, St. Peter Claver in Baltimore from 1965 to 1968, St. Clement in Rosedale from 1968 to 1971 and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middle River from 1971 to 1975.

"She was a cheerful, curious, intelligent woman," said her niece, Mary Carole Lehukey of Glyndon. "She was a fair administrator who was popular with her students and faculty."

She also taught at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Northeast Baltimore from 1957 to 1965 and at St. Stephen in Bradshaw, where she was a remedial reading instructor and visited shut-ins before her 1998 retirement.

Born Estelle Parr in Baltimore and raised on North Caroline Street, she was a graduate of St. Paul Parochial School. She entered the Franciscan Sisters in 1933 and earned a degree in education from St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg and a master's degree from the Catholic University of America.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by a brother, Stanley Parr of Baltimore; a sister, Dolores P. Fisher of Baltimore; and nieces and nephews.

Anita Vitali, 85, office manager, accountant

Anita Vitali, a retired office manager and accountant, died of heart failure Jan. 30 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. She was 85 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.

Before her 1986 retirement, she ran the office of CAM Construction Co. in Hunt Valley and had worked for the business for 40 years. She was previously secretary to the executive chef at Belvedere Hotel.

Family members said she enjoyed music and danced at the Alcazar Ballroom on Cathedral Street and the old Club Charles in the 1930s and 1940s. She occasionally performed as an impromptu vocalist.

"She has the courage to get up and sing with bands like Tommy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo," said a niece, Sue Chalmers of Baltimore.

She regularly attended Metropolitan Opera performances in New York, and sailed Italian Line steamships to Europe.

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