We Remember Those We Have Lost

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Jessie Lee Sturgis

GIRDLETREE – Jessie Lee Sturgis, age 58, died, Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at his home in Snow Hill.

Born in Salisbury, he was the son of Maisie Taylor Sturgis Collins and the late Reese Sturgis.

Sturgis was employed for 29 years with Kelly Foods in Berlin where he worked as a supervisor. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness in Berlin.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Shockley Sturgis; four sons, Shawn Sturgis of Georgetown, Del., Irvin Sturgis of Baltimore, Cory Sturgis and his wife Lila of Salisbury and Charles Sturgis and his wife Erin of Richmond, Va.; five daughters, Dorothy Sturgis of Snow Hill, Emma Sturgis-Fortt and her husband Norman of Dover, Hope Sturgis-Balam and her husband Charlie of Salisbury, Jessica Sturgis of Snow Hill and Dollie Sturgis of Salisbury; 18 grandchildren; six brothers; a special aunt, Dorothy Wharton of Snow Hill; mother and father-in-law, Irvin and Dorothy Shockley of Berlin; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Xavier Sturgis, a brother, Andrew Taylor and a sister, Inez Sturgis.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 212 West St., Berlin, Md. 21811.

Virginia Ward Townsend

SNOW HILL – Virginia Ward Townsend, age 91, passed from this life on April 26, 2010, after a very lengthy illness, surrounded by the most important people in her life.

She was the daughter of the late Norman and Mae Ward.

 Townsend lived a happy and productive life. She was a graduate of Snow Hill High School and Pierce Business School in Philadelphia. She retired after 25 years of service from Worcester County Roads Division as a bookkeeper. She was their only female employee until her retirement.

She married Victor Townsend and moved to Newark where she became a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. They were married for 55 years before his death in 1993.

She was the oldest of four children and is survived by two sisters, Betty Ward Tilghman of Snow Hill and Jean Green Dornbush of Bel Air, Md. She was preceded in death by her only brother, Billy Ward in 1940.

Along with her successful career, Townsend was known as a loving and most devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was her every joy in life and she was always there for every one. She was a kind, generous and loving lady who enjoyed knitting, reading, ceramics and baking. She was known for her sunbeam rolls, fried chicken, and desserts, especially pies with mile high meringue.

She is survived by two daughters, Jane Ashcraft and her husband Steve and Ellen White and her husband Gene all of Salisbury; her grandchildren, Cale Ashcraft and his wife Cindi, Cris Ashcraft and Kirby Ashcraft of Salisbury, Kasey Ashcraft of Miami, Michael Schneider and his wife Julie of Salisbury, Joe Schneider of Ocean City and Kennan Court and her husband Brian of Santa Barbara, Calif. She also had seven great grandchildren, Hannah and Addison Ashcraft, Brogan, Kylan, Krue and Kiersi Court and Lassen Schneider.

Services were held. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, c/0 Mrs. Bettty Groton, 213 Coulbourne Lane, Snow Hill, Md. 21863.

Mollie Barr

OCEAN CITY – Mollie (Mickey) Barr, a long-time resident of Bowie who has lived in Ocean City for the past eight years, died peacefully on April 19, 2010.

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, John A. Barr; three children, Stephen Barr of Bowie, Md., Robbin Pecosh of Crofton, Md. and Cori Cogswell of Leesburg, Va. Also surviving her is her sisters, Portia Lyman of Long Island, N.Y., and Adelle Weintraub of Brooklyn, N.Y. She was the loving grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of three.

Jeannette B. Hibble

OCEAN CITY – Jeannette Beale Hibble, age 87, died April 23, 2010 in Berlin.

Born in Washington DC, she was the daughter of Richard A. Belfield and Rosa Reed Belfield. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Upshur Hibble, Jr.

Hibble raised her family outside of Washington, D.C. in Wheaton, and later moved to Ocean City. She was a wonderful hostess and family and friends were always welcome in her home. She had a great sense of humor, and was an avid sports fan. She especially loved football and baseball.

She is survived by her sons, Gregory L. Hibble and his wife Gwen of Chester and Thomas D. Hibble and his wife Sandra of Willards, and a daughter, Deborah J. Blake and her husband Scott of Ocean Pines. She was adored grandmother to seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Richard W. Hibble. She leaves a special niece, Sandra Berry of Bishopville.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 30 at 11 a.m. at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory may be made to the American Red Cross, PO Box 3714 Salisbury, Md, 21802.

Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Giancarlo (John) L. Soviero

OCEAN CITY – John Soviero, 44, died April 24, 2010 at his home in Ocean Pines.

He was born in New York City to Maria Sabatini Soviero of Monte San Savino Italy, and the late Enzio Donato Soviero of Striano, Italy.

 “Big John” leaves many loving family members and friends. He is survived by his partner, Laura Small; son, Anthony Soviero; mother, Maria Sabatini Soviero; brother, Enzio D. Soviero; and sisters, Antonette Soviero, Carmella Soviero and Josepina Soviero.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to Coastal Hospice P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802.

Arrangements by the Burbage Funeral Home. Acknowledgements may be sent to the family at Burbage@burbagefuneralhome.com.

Alice C. Hoen

BERLIN – Alice Crane Hoen, age 89, died Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

Born in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late William Crane and Mamie Hardell Crane.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Ralph J. Hoen, Jr. of Berlin, and daughters, Lelia H. Masaschi of Timonium and Susan Holland of Parkton, Md. She was preceded in death by her son, Donald Hoen, in 2008. There are seven grandchildren, Jennifer Dotson, Christopher Hoen, Katherine Melito, Jay Masaschi, Sarah Zistler, Matthew Masaschi, and Carrie Singer. There are 18 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Jean Carl, of Kensington, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Arndt.

Hoen was a graduate of Towson State Teachers College. She had been employed for many years as a schoolteacher and librarian with the Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Frederick County School Systems. She was a member of Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City, Knights of Columbus Auxillary, Worcester County Garden Club and a volunteer at the Worcester County Library.

Friends may call at the Burbage Funeral Home, 108 William St. in Berlin on Friday from 4 until 6 p.m, and at Lassahn Funeral Home, 11750 Belair Rd, Kingsville, Md., on Sunday from 2 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Monday at St Stephen’s Catholic Church, 8030 Bradshaw Rd, in Kingsville, Md. Interment will be in St. Stephen’s Churchyard. Donations in her memory may be made to Atlantic General Hospital, 9733 Healthway Dr. Berlin, Md. 21811.

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