Debra Farlow Moore
BERLIN — Debra Farlow Moore, 59, of Berlin, died on Thursday March 6, 2014 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.
Born in Salisbury, Debbie was the daughter of the late Elmer Thorne Farlow and surviving Ruth Farlow McLaurin.
Debbie is survived by her husband, James L. Moore, whom she married on Nov. 22, 1999. They enjoyed their life, time and home together in Berlin. Debbie is also survived by her brothers, Ed Farlow and wife Brenda of Acworth, Ga., Dean Farlow and wife Cathy of Berlin, and her sister, Dayna Farlow and husband, Dan Weldon of Des Moines, Wash. She is also survived locally by her aunt and uncle, Evelyn and Max Angel, and her Uncle Fred Whitman of Wesley Chapel, Fla., as well as other family members.
She grew up in the Berlin-Ocean City area, where she chose to live the rest of her life. Debbie graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1973 and afterwards attended Wor-Wic Technical College. Afterwards, Debbie spent many years in the hotel/motel business in Ocean City, excelling in front desk management. Her last employment was with Home Depot locally.
Debbie was very active in her church, First Baptist Church of Berlin, where she and her husband participated in the Praise Team music ministry. She had a strong faith, abundant love for God and a giving heart. She loved to read, connect with friends and family and care of others. Debbie was also a great baker and had dreams of opening her own local bakery someday.
Services were held March 13. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Debra Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of Ocean City, 627 William Street, Berlin, Md. 21811 to assist with funeral expenses. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Expressions of condolence may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com.
Paul K. Ruppert, Jr.
OCEAN CITY — Paul K. “Pudge” Ruppert, Jr., 64, of Ocean City, died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.
He was born in Washington, DC and was the son of the late Paul K. and Ethel Ruppert Sr.
Pudge dedicated many years to the food and beverage industry, most notably serving as the restaurant manager for the Ocean Pines Yacht Club. He will be remembered for his friendly demeanor, great sense of humor and generous nature.
He is survived by five brothers, Michael T. Ruppert of Selbyville, Stephen R. Ruppert and his wife Sheilah of Kent Island, Gregory L. Ruppert and his wife Gail of Lake Placid, N.Y., William E. Ruppert of Ocean City and James R. Ruppert of Ocean City; two sisters, Theresa Pruitt and her husband Ted of Frankford and Patricia Janson and her husband Steve of Ocean City; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at St. Luke Catholic Church, 9903 Coastal Hwy in Ocean City.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Margaret J. Wimbrow
BERLIN — On Sunday, March 9, 2014, Margaret J. Wimbrow passed away at her home in Berlin, where she had lived since 1949.
The former Margaret Coulbourne Johnson was born on Nov. 30, 1913 in Somerset County, just outside of Pocomoke City. At the age of two, she and her parents, Oliver and Florence Dryden Johnson, and her older sister, Esther, moved into their home on Market Street, in Pocomoke, where she was raised. Following her graduation from Pocomoke High School, in 1930, she matriculated at the Maryland State Normal School also known as Salisbury State Teachers’ College — now Salisbury University — to become an elementary school teacher. At the time, the curriculum for elementary school teachers was two years. She completed the two-year curriculum and was graduated, in 1932, and when the school added a third year, she returned for a third year and was graduated a second time, in 1933.
Her first assignment was teaching elementary school at Newark, Md. The following year she was assigned to teach at Whaleyville, where she met the love of her life, and future husband, Peter Ayers Wimbrow, Jr. In 1936, she began teaching at Buckingham Elementary School in Berlin. She and Peter Ayers were married on Saturday, Feb. 13, 1937, at her home in Pocomoke City.
During World War II, she joined the local Women’s Motor Corps. After the war, she quit teaching to concentrate on her family. Along the way, she and her Aunt Helen Dryden, also of Pocomoke, founded the Worcester County Republican Women’s Club, of which she became the second president, following her Aunt Helen. She served on the Republican Central Committee for two decades and was, at one time, Vice-Chairman of the Republican First Congressional District. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Junior Board of the Peninsula General Hospital — now Peninsula Regional Medical Center — for which she hosted many bandage-wrapping luncheons in her home.
In the mid-60’s, she resumed teaching as a special education teacher, ultimately retiring in 1976. When the special education classes were consolidated at Cedar Chapel, she was involved in developing a curriculum for the classes. She was also an original member of the Berlin Historical Commission.
Mrs. Wimbrow was a member of the Stevenson United Methodist Church for more than 60 years, serving as its treasurer, trustee and on several committees.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband (1974), her sister, Esther Johnson Lednum (1976) and her daughter, Margaret J. (“Peggy”) Wimbrow (2001). She is survived by the following: her son, Peter Ayers Wimbrow III, of Ocean City; her nephew, Charles N. Lednum, Jr., of Cambridge, Md.; and his children, Charles N. Lednum III, also of Cambridge, and Eileen Lednum Downey, of Hagerstown, Md., as well as her care givers, Maureen and Caitlin McGorry, Sharone Sharpe, Ann L. Singley, Emily and Amy Long, Debra Passwaters, Kelly Shaner, Beth Ann Hoffman and, especially, Coleen Kennedy.
A viewing will be held at the Burbage Funeral Home, at 108 Williams Street, Berlin, from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 14. Funeral services will be held at the Stevenson United Methodist Church on Main Street in Berlin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Friends may call one hour in advance of the service. Donations may be made to Stevenson United Methodist Church and/or Coastal Hospice.
Elvira ‘Vera’ Nicholasen
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Elvira “Vera” Nicholasen, 67, of Bath, Pa., went to be in the ever-loving hands of the Lord on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with her beloved husband by her side, at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa.
Born April 15, 1946 in Weymouth, Mass., Mrs. Nicholasen was the daughter of the late Michael and Elvira Ferullo of Weymouth, Mass. She loved bowling with her husband, traveling and visiting her 10 grandchildren. She also enjoyed the East Bath Rod & Gun Club, of which she was a member.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, James “Jim” Nicholasen; her daughter, Michelle Nicholasen of Somerville, Mass., her husband, Jim O’Toole and their children, Annamira, Lucy, Josie, Bevin and Cian; her daughter, Ginger Fleming of Ocean Pines, Md., her husband, Frank, and their children, Chandler, Madi and Cooper; and her son, David Nicholasen of Stockertown, Pa., his wife, Carol, and their children, Erin and Trent.
Also surviving are four sisters, Anne Noonan of Portland, Texas, and her husband, Bill, Barbara Parmley of Townsend, Mass., and her husband, Bill, Rose Jackman of Weymouth, Mass., and Patricia Tocchio of South Weymouth, Mass.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A viewing will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, March 17, at Schmidt Funeral Home, 407 Belvidere St., in Nazareth, Pa. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at Schmidt Funeral Home. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Forks Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mrs. Nicholasen’s memory to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105, or online at www.stjude.org/donate.