Margaret E. Dudek, 79, delicatessen owner

April 02, 2004

Margaret E. Dudek, founder and owner of a well-known eastern Baltimore County delicatessen, died of stroke complications March 26 at her Essex home. She was 79.

The former Margaret Eva Mroz was born in Baltimore and raised in Dundalk and Essex. She left Kenwood High School to help support her family. In the 1940s, she was an Equitable Trust Co. bookkeeper in Baltimore.

In 1945, she married Anthony "Andy" Dudek Sr., an Esskay Quality Meats Co. salesman

In 1969, the couple established Dudek's Delicatessen in the 200 block of Mace Ave., which is known for deli sandwiches, custom-cut meats and Polish kielbasa offered at holidays.

Mrs. Dudek retired in 1989, after which family members operated the business.

She was a longtime member of the Essex Senior Center. She enjoyed ceramics and family vacations at Deep Creek Lake. She was an avid reader.

Mrs. Dudek was a communicant of St. Clare Roman Catholic Church in Essex, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Dudek is survived by two sons, Anthony "Andy" Dudek Jr. of White Marsh and Robert D. Dudek of Essex; a daughter, Margaret Eva Schulz of Jarrettsville; two brothers, Richard Mroz of Naples, Fla., and Thomas Mroz of Forest Hill; three sisters, Marie Keuski and Audrey Foehrkolb, both of Essex, and Connie Guttenberger of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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