Deborah Ann Alt, 42, Jennings Cafe waitress Deborah Ann...

March 13, 2002

Deborah Ann Alt, 42, Jennings Cafe waitress

Deborah Ann Alt, a waitress at Jennings Cafe in Catonsville for 21 years, died of cancer Thursday at her Arbutus home. She was 42.

Friendly and talkative, Mrs. Alt served the same patrons for years, and many requested her tables when they arrived at the Frederick Road neighborhood restaurant.

"She was a great waitress," said Peggy Bailey, who starting working at Jennings in 1981 with Mrs. Alt. "She could remember orders without writing them down. She was always laughing and joking, and she was patient."

"She was a talker," said Mrs. Alt's mother, Margaret Dietz of Ocean Pines. "People used to say she was vaccinated with a phonograph needle."

Born Deborah Dietz in Baltimore, she attended Our Lady of Victory School in Arbutus, Arbutus Middle School and Lansdowne High, graduating in 1977. She married Robert W. Alt Jr. in 1981.

Mrs. Alt enjoyed shooting pool, and before her illness lifted weights and worked out at home.

A memorial service is planned for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 4414 Wilkens Ave., Arbutus.

In addition to her husband and mother, Mrs. Alt is survived by two sons, Robert W. Alt III and Edward Michael Alt; two sisters, Michele Nichols and Suzanne Gantt; and a brother, Michael Dietz Jr. All are of Arbutus.

Donations may be made to a scholarship fund for Mrs. Alt's children at Leeds Federal Savings Bank, 1101 Maiden Choice Lane, Baltimore 21229.

Lewis Glasner, 86, owner of textile cleaning business

Lewis Glasner, founder and former owner of a Baltimore textile cleaning firm, died Monday of complications from a stroke at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 86 and lived in Pikesville.

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Glasner was a military policeman in Bermuda during World War II.

After the war, he worked for United Cigar Co. in New York before moving to Baltimore in the early 1950s. For many years, he was the owner and operator of Valley View Inn in Ellicott City and the LG Club tavern at Guilford Avenue and Lanvale Street.

After selling the businesses in the early 1970s, he established Stain Guard, a company that cleaned carpets and theatrical curtains. He also manufactured and sold chemicals used to protect textiles. He retired in 1985.

He was a former president of the Variety Club and a member of the Pikesville Rotary, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Masons. He also was an avid vegetable and flower gardener.

Mr. Glasner was a 45-year member of Beth El Congregation, where he was a member of the board and the brotherhood.

He was married in 1942 to Ruth Nilva, who died in 1980.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Mr. Glasner is survived by his wife of 17 years, the former Martha Balk Meier; a daughter, Carol-Lee Salganik of Owings Mills; and two grandchildren.

Marie D. Smith, 81, city public schools teacher

Marie D. Smith, a retired city public schools teacher, died Sunday of a neurological disease at her Westminster home. She was 81 and formerly resided in Hamilton.

She retired in 1974 from what was then Hamilton Junior High School, where she taught home economics.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Hamlet Avenue, Marie D. Dippel was a 1938 graduate of Eastern High School. In 1944, she earned a degree in home economics from the University of Maryland.

She was a member of St. Matthews United Church of Christ and sang in its choir. She was also an officer of Beta Sigma Phi.

Mrs. Smith and her husband of 17 years, Donald Smith, her sole survivor, established an endowment fund for teacher education at Carroll Community College in 1994. A street on the Westminster campus honors the couple.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

Lois R. Sharp, 66, homemaker, gardener

Lois R. Sharp, a homemaker and former Randallstown resident, died of cancer March 6 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was 66.

Mrs. Sharp, who had lived in Ocean Pines since 1992, was an avid gardener and enjoyed the beach.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Arbutus, Lois Romberger was a 1953 graduate of Catonsville High School.

In 1954, she married Clarence W. Sharp, an attorney, who survives her.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ullrich Funeral Home in Berlin.

Other survivors include a daughter, Sandee P. Sharp of Ocean Pines; three stepbrothers, Lawrence P. Ruckert of Ocean Pines, Jack Williss of Jacksonville, Fla., and Richard Kent of Ellicott City; and two grandchildren. Her son, Clarence W. Sharp III, died in 1997.


James Tobin, 84, a retired Yale University professor who won the 1981 Nobel Prize in economics and was one of the most influential economists of his time, died Monday in New Haven, Conn.

Mr. Tobin served on President John F. Kennedy's Council of Economic Advisers and won the Nobel Prize for his portfolio theory, which the economist once summed up as: "Don't put your eggs in one basket."

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