We Remember Those We Have Lost

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Mary Anne Birch

BISHOPVILLE – Mary Anne Birch, age 68, died Monday, March 1, 2010 at Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C.

Born in Salisbury, she was the daughter of the late Milton M. Birch and Mary Hester Tubbs Birch. She is survived by her sons, Steve Kaeufer and his wife Diane of Ocean Pines and Erick Kaeufer and his wife Marina of Bishopville; two grandchildren, Kirby and Kiley Kaeufer of Ocean Pines; a sister, Gloria Birch of Cambridge; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother Buddy Birch and a sister Reba Bunting.

She had worked in her families business "Birch’s Market" on 1st St. in Ocean City while growing up. She worked for many years as a Registered Nurse.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Friends may call one hour prior to the

service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Berlin. Donations may be made to the Worcester County Humane Society, PO Box 48, Berlin, Md. 21811.

Betty A. Dean

OCEAN CITY – Betty A. Dean, age 64, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury.

Born in Virginia, she was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Wilkins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Dean.

She is survived by her children, Robert J. Dean, Jr., Barbara Wharton and her husband Keith, Sandra MacKay-Dean and her finace David Beard and Michael Dean; a brother, Frank Wilkins and his wife Judy; and four grandchildren, Shelby MacKay, Joashua MacKay, Morgan Dean and Jessica Wharton. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802.

Vincent Bruno Burlin

OCEAN CITY – Vincent B. Burlin, 83, died Feb. 25, 2010 at Atlantic General Hospital.

He was born Sept. 26,1926 in New York City and attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y. He moved to Ocean City with his wife, Vetera in 1988. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a pharmacist mate, third class as well as six years as a Petty Officer First Class in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

He retired as a sergeant from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. after 20 years of distinguished service. He also retired from the U.S. Secret Service where he was course director for protective operations.

He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus where he was Past Grand Knight of Council 9053, Scholarship Chairman for many years and a 4th Degree Member of Pope John Paul II Assembly #2454 in Ocean City. He also served six years as president of the Sons of Italy Lodge 2474 and a past trustee and Vice President of #1917 AARP in Ocean City. He served as vice president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees #2274.

He leaves his wife, Vetera, of 55 years, as well as daughter Andrea Elliott, sons Thomas and Philip Burlin and seven grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Leonora Segatti.

Services were held. Donations in his name may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.  

Arrangements by Burbage Funeral Home.

Robert W. Dofflemyer

OCEAN PINES – Robert Wilson Dofflemyer, age 79, died Feb. 25, 2010 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

Born in Washington DC, he was the son of the late Ralph Robert Dofflemyer and Lillian Lauderbach Dofflemyer. He is survived by his wife, Jane Hurley Dofflemyer; two sons, Charles Dofflemyer of Ocean Pines and James Dofflemyer of Germantown, Md.; and daughter, Laura Dofflemyer Kelty of Aurora, Colo. He was beloved grandfather to; four grandchildren.

Dofflemyer taught school and coached varsity basketball, football and baseball in the Montgomery County School System for many years. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He and his wife retired to Ocean Pines in 1987.

Services were held. Donations in his honor may be made to St. John Newmann Catholic Church, 11211 Racetrack Rd. Berlin, Md. 21811, for a tree to be planted in his memory.

 Arrangements are being handled by The Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Neil McLaughlin
BERLIN – Neil McLaughlin, 49, died suddenly at his home in Berlin on Feb. 6, 2010.

He is survived by children, Kelly and Kyle; three granddaughters; mother, Ruth; siblings, Hugh, Ele, Fred and Greg; and nieces and nephews, all of Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, contribute to Worcester County Humane Society, PO Box 48, Berlin, Md. 21811. Memorial Service and burial will be held in Pennsylvania. Arrangements by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Rose Marie Miller

BERLIN – Rose Marie Miller of Berlin passed away on Feb. 26, 2010 at Atlantic Rehabilitation.

Born in Tivoli, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Clayton and Mary Coons of Newark.

She worked for the Berlin Telephone Company, Ames Department Store and Showell Farms. She is survived by four children, Nancy Miller, Matt Miller, Annette Miller and Teresa Senft; six grandchildren, Chris Carey, R.T. Carey, Matt Miller, Nichole Miller, Tony Johnson and Joseph Senft; and 10 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Leo James Joseph Brogan, Esq.

BERLIN – Leo James Joseph Brogan, age 93, passed on Feb. 13, 2010 as a result of severe pneumonia and multi-system organ failure.

He was married to Angeline Marie Victoria Brogan from 1948 until her death in 1976.

He served from 1942-1946 in World War II. From 1947 to 1955 he was employed at the Veteran’s Administration in Washington, D.C. In 1953, he graduated from Law School. From 1955 to 1976, he worked for the Navy Department in a civilian capacity as a legal advisor for the Bureau of Naval Personal. By the end of his working career, he had became one of the country’s top legal advisors for the Navy.

After his wife’s death in 1976, he never wanted to remarry and would often spend time visiting his son, Sean Kerry Brogan and his wife, Noel, in Baltimore. Since 1981, he had also had a residence in South Bethany, Delaware, and would split time between his home in Bethany and a family home in Ocean City. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, he became a well-known figure in Ocean City, as he frequented many of the restaurants in town.

During the last several years of his life, he spent much time at the homes of his son, Sean Kerry Brogan and his wife Noel in the Mt. Washington area of Baltimore and his daughter Pamela Ann Brogan Prusuita, her husband and his two grandchildren in Virginia. He was buried next to his wife at the Aspen Hill Cemetery in Silver Spring, Md.

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