Lucille L. Anton, businesswoman, dies

She had owned a Pikesville seafood business

March 25, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Lucille L. Anton, a homemaker and retired businesswoman who had owned and operated a Pikesville seafood business, died March 17 of heart failure at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 92.

Born Lucille Brandt, the daughter of a Fells Point bar owner and a homemaker, she was raised on Darley Avenue. She attended parochial school and Eastern High School.

In the 1930s, she worked in sales at Log Cabin Candy and during World War II was a riveter at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.

She met her husband, Ferdinand "Ferdy" Anton, while working at Log Cabin Candy. The couple married in 1938.

In 1951, her husband and a partner established Anton and Caltrider Furniture on Reisterstown Road.

"When it opened in 1951, it was the premier store in Maryland. It was designed like a New York store with black ceilings and pink walls," said Patricia L. Anton, a daughter-in-law who lives in Parkton.

When her husband left the furniture business in 1956, they established Anton's Seafood, a seafood market and carryout at Reisterstown and Old Court roads in Pikesville that was known for its crab cakes, family members said.

They sold the business in 1961, and Mrs. Anton went to work in the lamp department at the Hecht Co. in Reisterstown Road Plaza. She retired in 1981.

Mrs. Anton lived in Sudbrook Park from 1943 until 2000, when she moved to St. Elizabeth's at Mercy Ridge in Timonium.

She enjoyed vacationing in Ocean City.

Mrs. Anton was a longtime communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. April 8 in the chapel at Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

Surviving are three sons, James Anton of Parkton, John Anton of Buckhead, Ga., and Jerry Anton of New Freedom, Pa.; a daughter, Betty Lou McCully of Forest Hill; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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