Rev. Dr. Fred M. Bruner
BERLIN — The Rev. Dr. Fred M. Bruner, 79, of Berlin, died Dec. 22, 2011, at Coastal Hospice on the Lake after a courageous battle with cancer.
Fred was born July 10, 1932 in Healdsburg, Calif. to the late Wilmer Paul Bruner and Marion Bruner, who will be celebrating her 100th birthday in April 2012.
Throughout his life, Fred held many jobs (teacher, lumberjack) before graduating from The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (PA) and entering the ministry full-time. In addition, he received a Doctorate of Theology from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).
Fred founded and developed the Asbury Child Development Center (Salisbury, Md.), The Community Church of Ocean Pines (Md.) and St. Paul’s Church (Warrington, Pa.). He also served as a counselor and therapist with local clinics, community organizations and in private practice.
Later in life, Fred’s passion was gardening, a skill he learned as a young boy working in his father’s nursery. For many years, Fred was the caretaker of The Whaley Family Cemetery (Whaleyville, Md.).
A creative thinker, Fred was involved with numerous organizations centering on helping others. Special areas of interest were ADD, Lyme disease, organic gardening and holistic medicine. Music was a special love for Fred. He was a gifted trumpeter and singer, even recording a 45 record with his late brother Don.
In addition to his mother, Fred is survived by his wife, Theresa Gumm Bruner; son, Stephen Bruner and his wife Mindy of Glen Rock Pa.; daughters, Cora Bruner of Arnold, Laurie Jones and her husband Doug of Salisbury, Marilyn Williams of Hebron and Theresa Plack of Annapolis; sisters, Marilyn Howell and her husband Art of Kansas City, Ida May Abed and her husband Musa of Seattle and Barbara Salvadori of Healdsburg; grandchildren Jennifer Truckey of Alabama, Sarah Fisher of Salisbury, Michelle Bruner of Arizona, Griffin Jones of Silver Spring, Ali Jones of Salisbury, Tyler and Caleigh Plack of Annapolis; great-grandchildren Amber and Katlynn Cassels of Alabama; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Fred was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Wanda Bruner of Lancaster Pa., and brother-in-law Rick Salvadori of Healdsburg.
A brief service of committal will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin. Fr. Michael Moyer will officiate. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at The Community Church of Ocean Pines. The Rev. Bill Sterling will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Historic St. Martin’s Church (PO Box 590, Berlin, Md. 21811), Coastal Hospice (PO Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802), and The Lyme Disease Association of the Eastern Shore of Maryland (P.O. Box 5360, Salisbury, Md. 21802).
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.
Lynn Michael Engh
ROXANA, Del. — Lynn Michael Engh of Roxana, Del. and former long-time resident of Ocean City, died peacefully in his home Dec. 21, 2011 surrounded by the love of his family.
Engh, a retired United States Postal worker, was well known in the area as a musician playing piano in several local music groups including The Lynn Engh Trio and The Red Notes. Mr. Engh also owned and operated several businesses in Ocean City dating back to the 1950s including Beach Boy Beach Stands and the Shamrock and Englander Apartments on 17th Street.
Mr. Engh was a life member of both the Roxana and Ocean City Volunteer Fire Companies.
Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn Anderson Engh and Rose Alma Harrigan Engh; a brother, Denis Engh; and a daughter, Dobby Engh.
He is survived and missed by his wife of 56 years, Nancy Wilson Engh; as well as five children, Michael Engh of Frankford, Del. Cheri Engh Porcelli of Frankford, Del., Tracy Engh Meredith of Annapolis, Andy Engh of Dagsboro, Del., and Joe Engh of Ocean City.
In addition, he is survived and missed by 13 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two brothers, Fred Engh of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Rohn Engh of Star Prairie, Wis.; and two sisters, Dona Yates of Salisbury and Mary Joel Davis of Ocean City.
A funeral Mass will be held at St Luke’s Catholic Church, 9903 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, on Friday evening Dec. 30 at 5 p.m. followed by food, fellowship and a celebration of his life at the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company on Route 20 in Roxana, Del.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company, 35943 Zion Church Rd, Frankford, Del. 19945.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.