Santina D. Briscoe, Waitress

July 25, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Santina D. Briscoe, a retired bartender and waitress who was known for her colorful personality and the jewelry she wore, died in her sleep July 16 at her Mount Pleasant Avenue home in Highlandtown.

She was 74.

Santina Margarita DiMartino was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, where she attended Our Lady of Pompei School.

Mrs. Briscoe worked for years as a bartender and waitress, and had been a stalwart of Towson's Peppermill Restaurant. Earlier, she had worked at the Red Rooster and the Copa, family members said.

"Santina loved working with people and spent many of her years as a young and vibrant woman working as a self-proclaimed 'fluid engineer,' or bartender," said a daughter, Donna Kerr of Silver Spring.

Among Mrs. Briscoe's favorite travel destinations were Las Vegas, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlantic City, N.J., and Italy.

In recent years, Mrs. Briscoe assisted Ms. Kerr, a Silver Spring real estate agent, by cooking meals for her daughter's clients.

"Throughout her life, she took her childhood dream of being a Hollywood queen seriously and always dressed to the nines," Ms. Kerr said.

"She wore rings on every finger and made abundant and dramatic flair a trademark of her Baltimore life. She brought a larger-than-life effervescent energy to everyone and everything she loved," her daughter said.

In addition to travel, she was a cat fancier.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Joseph N. Zannino Jr. Funeral Home, Conkling and Gough streets, Highlandtown.

Also surviving is her husband of 17 years, Carl R. Briscoe; a son, Mark Trotta of Silver Spring; another daughter, Paula Trotta of Silver Spring; a stepdaughter, Kimberly Bell of Bel Air; two brothers, Lenny DiMartino and Andrew DiMartino, both of Baltimore; a sister, Concetta "Connie" DeVenney of Baltimore; and a step-grandson. Earlier marriages to Anthony "Bunky" Trotta, Donald Kerr and Paul Henkelman ended in divorce.

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