Peter Paul Handakas, 51, technology specialist Peter...

April 01, 2002

Peter Paul Handakas, 51, technology specialist

Peter Paul Handakas, a state information technology specialist, died of complications from lung cancer Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. The Rosedale resident was 51.

Born in Carney, he graduated from Perry Hall High School and joined the Navy. He served from 1968 until 1972, part of that time aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal.

He married Katina Loukas after he was honorably discharged from the military. Using his expertise in computers, Mr. Handakas worked in Baltimore government from 1979 to 1983, and later worked for William Donald Schaefer during his two mayoral and two gubernatorial terms.

Mr. Handakas was working for the state Department of Public Safety at the time of his death.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing and backyard grilling. He also coached youth basketball.

A service was held Saturday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Maryland and Preston streets. Burial was in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Paul and Tom Handakas of Baltimore; a daughter, Kerrie Handakas of Baltimore; his parents, Paul and Vasiliki Handakas of Baltimore; two brothers, Jimmy and Andrew Handakas of Baltimore; and a sister, Olga Handakas of Baltimore.

Mary Deniton, 67, domestic worker

Mary Deniton, a devoted church member and mother of eight children, died Wednesday of pneumonia and heart complications at Maryland General Hospital. She was 67.

Born in Virginia, where she attended public schools, she moved to Baltimore as a teen-ager. In 1954, she married Jerome Richardson. The marriage ended in divorce.

Mrs. Deniton was employed as a domestic worker for 35 years with a Pikesville family, said her daughter Linda Boyd of Baltimore. "They were my mother's confidants, her best friends," Mrs. Boyd said.

Until she was 64, Mrs. Deniton was a familiar sight around Druid Hill Park and other spots in the city, riding her 10-speed bicycle. She also enjoyed walking and playing bingo with her friends.

For many years, Mrs. Deniton was a member of Fulton Baptist Church in West Baltimore, where she was an usher and choir member.

A wake will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave. Burial will be in Arbutus Memorial Park, 1101 Sulfur Spring Road.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by three sons, Jerome Richardson Jr., Gary Richardson and Kevin Richardson, all of Baltimore; four other daughters, Pamela Richardson, Sharon Richardson, Roxanne Richardson and Beverly Reese, all of Baltimore; 30 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

Charles H. Williams, 80, Air Force combat pilot

Charles H. Williams, an Air Force officer who was decorated for piloting combat missions during the Korean War, died Thursday at Asbury-Solomons Retirement Center on Solomons Island. He was 80.

Mr. Williams flew the B-26 Marauder attack bomber, produced by the Glenn L. Martin plant in Middle River during World War II. "It was something he never talked about," said his son Charles Williams of Annapolis.

"He was one of those tough old guys who made it through the Depression, somebody who never boasted about his military service," his son said.

Among his father's decorations was the Distinguished Flying Cross, his son said.

Mr. Williams was born in Elkins, Tenn., and graduated from Oklahoma State University. He served in the Army Air Corps, the Army Air Forces and the Air Force from 1941 to 1967. He retired from the military with the rank of major.

From 1968 until 1983, he was employed at Westinghouse Corp. in Linthicum, where he worked with the Navy on electronic warfare and radar equipment.

Mr. Williams lived with his family in Lusby and Crofton before moving to Asbury-Solomons with his wife, Louise, who survives him.

Mr. Williams was an avid golfer, fisherman and gardener. He also was a Mason.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the retirement center on Solomons Island, where his wife resides.

Interment will military honors will take place at 11 a.m. May 1 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

In addition to his wife of 54 years and son, he is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Williams of Daytona, Fla.; another son, Wally Williams of Lusby; and three grandchildren.

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