Deborah Ann Paterakis, 48, stockbroker and contractor


Deborah Ann Paterakis, a retired stockbroker and contractor, and mother of triplets, died of colon cancer Sunday at her Stevenson home. She was 48.

Born Deborah Ann Tzomides in Baltimore and raised in Perry Hall, she earned academic, musical and athletic awards while at Perry Hall Senior High School, where she graduated in 1975. She performed in the school's band as a flute player and was captain of the cheerleading team.

While a teen, Mrs. Paterakis worked alongside her mother, Agnes Tzomides, at her shops, The Yardstick Fabrics and the Alexsandra Bridal Salon.

"She was remarkable, bright and charismatic," said her sister, Sandra Hondroulis of Baltimore. "Everything she did was special. She was a magnetic person. People were drawn to her."

In her senior year, Mrs. Paterakis was voted best-dressed in her class. She was then a designer at the family business. Family members said throughout her life she enjoyed unique and unusual shoes.

"She was creative, from the conception of a design through its execution," her sister said.

Mrs. Paterakis entered what was then Towson State University and after two years of study became a secretary at Alex. Brown & Sons in downtown Baltimore.

Family members said that without any formal training, she learned about investments and stock selling. She became a broker after changing jobs and working at Merrill Lynch, where she retired in 1997.

She maintained an interest in cheerleading and was a good gymnast and dancer, relatives said. She was a Baltimore Colts cheerleader and appeared at Memorial Stadium from 1977 to 1983.

It was during this time that she met her future husband, William John Paterakis, an executive of the H&S Baking Co. and chairman of the Ronald McDonald House annual golf outing. He survives her.

The couple married Oct. 9, 1983, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. William Paterakis is the son of John Paterakis Sr., who owns the bakery and is a developer of the Inner Harbor East.

In 1989, Mrs. Paterakis gave birth to triplets, sons Jonathon and Adam and daughter Kira.

"Debbie proudly made motherhood her priority," said her sister. "Every October, she entered the triplets in Towson Town Center's annual Halloween costume contest, where they always took home the blue ribbon. They were showstoppers."

Once the children were in school full time, Mrs. Paterakis founded Home Remakers, a company that did rehabilitation of foreclosed homes in Baltimore.

She had an active interest at the equestrian program at McDonogh School, where her children are students.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street.

In addition to her husband, sister and children, survivors include a brother, Dr. Thomas Tzomides of Ruxton; and nephews and nieces.

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