We Remember Those Who Have Passed

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Curtis W. Birch

BERLIN – Curtis W. Birch, age 69, died Thursday, April 3, 2008 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

Born in West Ocean City, he was the son of the late Curtis Henry Birch and Esther Tubbs Birch. He is survived by his wife, Lorenda Lynch Birch; former wife, Ruth Ellen Donoway; children, Curtis Hoyt Birch of West Ocean City, Kevin William Birch of Ocean Pines, Stedman Milton Birch of Islamorada, Fla., Sonia Ruth Birch of North Hampton, N.J., Esther Birch Harrell of West Ocean City; step-daughters, Chantal Wilkins of Berlin and Desiree Duleau of Sedona, Ariz..; 14 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; two siblings, Victor H. Birch and Doris Birch Savage, both of West Ocean City; and several nieces and nephews.

Birch had been a business owner. He owned and operated Ocean Candles/Birchshire International and manufactured Birchshire Candles. He

also owned Birch’s Market. He was a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School in 1956 and had served in the United States Marines. He was retired and an avid gardener and enjoyed cooking. Most of all he loved his family and enjoyed spending his time with them.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Worcester County Humane Society, PO Box 48, Berlin, Md. 21811.

Annabelle Mitchell Hastings

BERLIN – Annabelle Mitchell Hastings, 86, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore.

Born in Berlin, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Mildred Jones Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Lee Hastings, in 1991. She is survived by her sons, Gary Mitchell Hastings, Wayne Thomas Hastings and his wife Martha, Michael Lee Hastings and his companion Susan Newer, and Barry Morris Hastings and his wife Anita all of Berlin; a daughter, Ann Hastings Larson and her husband Thomas of Unionville, Conn.; 10 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a brother, Harry Mitchell, and a sister, Barbara Evans, both of Berlin; and many nieces and nephews.

Hastings had worked for the Worcester County Board of Education in the Stephen Decatur High School Cafeteria for 22 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and had been active in the operation of the Church Mouse Thrift Shop in Berlin. She was a member of the Boggs-Disharoon American Legion Ladies Auxiliary for 52 years.

Services were held. Donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 429, Berlin, Md. 21811 or to Boggs-Disharoon American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, 10111 Ocean City Blvd., Berlin, Md. 21811. Arrangements are being handled by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Ronald Harry Linz

OCEAN CITY – Ronald Harry Linz, age 65, of Ocean City, died peacefully on Friday, April 4, 2008 at the Berlin Nursing Home.

Born in Baltimore, he was the beloved son of Thelma C. Linz and the late Harry G. Linz.

He was raised and lived in Randallstown, prior to moving to Ocean City in 1989.

He was an avid outdoors man who enjoyed fishing, hunting and trap shooting. He was a member of the Synepuxent Gun Club and the Salisbury Gun Club.

Along with his mother, he is survived by three brothers, Douglas Linz and his wife Phyllis of Eldersburg, Md., Perry Linz and his wife Margie of Ocean City, Mark Linz and his wife Lana of Fenwick Island, Del. He was the uncle of Scott Adcock, Aaron Hudson, Perry Linz, Jr, Julie Linz, Andrew Linz, and Patrick Linz.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ronnie’s memory may be made to Diakonia, Inc. (Homeless Shelter), 12747 Old Bridge Rd, Ocean City, Md. 21842.

Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services of Frankford, Del.

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