BERLIN – Mildred Eckert died at home after a brief illness.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1919 to Henrietta Corrigan Kyle and Edward J. Kyle, she attended elementary and high school in Hollis, N.Y. before working for Dun & Bradstreet in Manhattan.
In 1942, she married her longtime sweetheart George C. Eckert, who predeceased her in 1984. They moved to an apartment in the Bronx and then to a home in Massapequa, NY. In 1959, they moved to Bethlehem, Pa., where they were active members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. They were the parents of Edward K. Eckert, who resides with his wife Linda Corroum Eckert in Ocean City, and Barbara A. Eckert of Emmaus, Pa.
After their children had left home, she managed a woman’s apparel shop in Butztown, Pa. until she retired. Her hobbies were her family, knitting, reading and shopping.
In 2006, she moved to Berlin to be closer to her son, who had retired to nearby Ocean City.
In addition to two children, she is grandmother to six grandchildren and great grandmother to four.
The family will have a private funeral mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church followed by burial in Holy Saviour Cemetery in Bethlehem. Memorial donations may be sent to Gull Creek Senior Living Community, 1 Meadow Street, Berlin, Md. 21811. Arrangements are being handled by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.
Naomi Elizabeth Townsend Waite
SNOW HILL – Naomi Elizabeth Townsend Waite, 95, died Sunday, July 12, 2009 at her farm near Snow Hill from a lingering illness.
Born in 1913, she was the daughter of the late Ephraim Wilson Townsend and Mary Cropper Townsend of Ocean City.
She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Charles L. Waite, Sr., shortly before their 60th anniversary in 1993. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Henrietta H. Timmons and Edith K. Theisz, and two brothers, Linwood E. Townsend and Harris W. Townsend. A cherished son, Charles L. Waite, Jr. also of Snow Hill, died in 1991 and her daughter in law, Carol Waite, died in 2005.
She is survived by her daughter, Peggy J. Whitehead, who continues to reside in Chantilly, Va. after the death of her husband, Edmund L. Whitehead in 2006. She is also survived by a granddaughter, Bonnie K. Willey and her husband Charles A. Willey of Snow Hill, and one great granddaughter, Chelsea E. Willey of West Ocean City. Her grandson, Charles L. Waite, II of Ogunquit, Maine and his partner, Daniel M. Westerlund, have both resided with Waite during her final two years on her farm. Additionally, she is survived by several loving and devoted nieces, nephews and close friends.
Waite and her husband began to develop a dairy and farming operation in the mid 1930′s. She was a long-time member of the Worcester County Farm Bureau. She was also a member of Bates United Methodist Church. She was a breast cancer survivor for the past 10 years.
Services were held. It is her wish that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Bates United Methodist Church, 116 N. Washington St., Snow Hill, Md. 21863.
Shirley Amelia Martinez
BERLIN – Shirley Amelia Martinez, age 72, died Saturday, July 11, 2009 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury.
Born in Virginia she was the daughter of the late Harvey and Vera Pherigo Ludwig.
She is survived by her husband Humberto Martinez; two sons, Dwight Douglas Williams and Edward Alan Williams, Sr.; a daughter, Donna Lyn Scott and her husband Freddy; special niece, Faith Bowden and her husband Roy; four grandchildren, Edward Alan Williams, Jr., Jonathan David Williams, Christopher Williams and Heather Renee Scott; two great grandchildren, Brendon Shawn Scott and Deven Scott; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Rose, and three sisters, Marian, Helen and Iva Driscoll.
Services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coastal Hospice at the Lake, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802.
OCEAN PINES – Dorothy Picasso, 92, died Monday, July 6, 2009, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.
Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Price Benjamin Sr. and Virginia Cave Benjamin.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene J. Picasso.
Picasso had been a member of the Ocean Pines Garden Club, the Ocean Pines Women’s Club and was involved, along with her husband, with the Sons of Italy and the Ocean City Sister City Committee.
Picasso was preceded in death by her son, Dennis Allen Picasso, and her brother, Price Benjamin Jr.
Services were held at Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. The Rev. Dr. Thomas McKelvey officiated. Inurnment followed in the Community Church of Ocean Pines Columbarium.