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Howard Franklin Parsons, Jr.

OCEAN CITY — Howard Franklin Parsons, Jr. age 86, died Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Harrison House Nursing Home in Snow Hill.

Howard F. Parsons, Jr.

Howard F. Parsons, Jr.

Born in South Hampton, N.Y., he was the son of the late Howard Franklin Parsons, Sr. and Lillian Bell Cropper Parsons. He was preceded in death earlier this year by his beloved wife of 60 years, Evelyn Celeste Parsons. He is survived by his daughter, Lillian Parsons Azbell of Ocean City; step daughter, Joan Taylor of Tyaskin, Md.; grandson Andrew Azbell; and great-granddaughter Dominique Emmanuel Azbell. There are several step-grand and step-great-grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Joan McCrorey of Salisbury, and several nephews. Also preceding him in death was a brother, William Harvey Parsons, and a sister, Lillian Mae Parsons.

Mr. Parsons was a graduate of Ocean City High School and a United States Coast Guard Veteran. He had been the owner/operator of Howard Parsons Plumbing and Heating, Inc for over 30 years. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Berlin.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Rev. Connie Paulson officiated. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

A donation in his memory may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, 8648 Stephen Decatur Hwy. Berlin, Md. 21811. Letters of condolence may be sent via: burbage@burbagefuneralhome.com


Karie Littleford Wilson

BELTSVILLE, Md. — Karie Littleford Wilson passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

She was the beloved wife of the late Jim Wilson; daughter of Janice and Kenneth Littleford; sister of Edwina (Terrence) Heyer, and the late Kiena Burrier.

Memorial service will be held at Borgwardt Funeral Home, 4400 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, Md. on Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. Interment private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. www.borgwardtfuneralhome.com


Elizabeth Joan Veader

BERLIN — Elizabeth Joan “Jody” Veader passed away peacefully on May 7, 2015, in Berlin, surrounded by her family.

She was born on Jan. 9, 1927 in St. Louis, Mo. to Elwyn Charles Comstock and Mary Louise Bennett Comstock.

She is survived by her children, Chris Turcotte and her husband, Jack, of Arundel, Maine; Susan Hall and her husband, John, of Lewes, Del.; John Veader and his wife, Leslie, of Bentonville, Ark.; and Rick Veader and his wife, Janet, of Baltimore; her sister, Molly Hye and her husband, Tom, of Murrell’s Inlet, S.C.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Jody was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Jack Veader, and her brother, Larry Comstock.

Jody lived a long and very active life, filled with family, friends, art and travel. She and Jack raised their four children in Baltimore and then built their house in Ocean Pines, where they lived for over 30 years, opening their home and hearts to loved ones from near and far.

Jody will be remembered for the amazing energy she brought to everything, her determination to live her life the way she wanted, her wonderful giving spirit, her passion for the arts, and her banana bread. Her wealth was measured in the people who loved her, the influence of her art and her love of life.

A celebration of Jody’s life will be held at the Art League of Ocean City, on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Art League of Ocean City, PO Box 3503, Ocean City, Md. 21843.


Roger Edward Swanson, Jr.

OCEAN PINES — Roger Edward Swanson, Jr., age 85, died on May 2, 2015 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury.

Roger E. Swanson

Roger E. Swanson

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Roger E. Swanson, Sr. and Helen Devaney Swanson. He is survived by his beloved wife, Merema Seit Swanson, and children, Eric A. Swanson and his fiancée Sondra of Ocean Pines, Erin Swanson of Bethany Beach and Taryn M. McFall and her husband Scott of San Francisco, Calif. There are two grandchildren, Ty and Seth McFall, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Swanson had served in the Merchant Marines and later retired from the New York City Police Department.

Roger was a member of the Boggs-Disharoon American Legion Post # 123 in Berlin, and St. John Neumann Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and working in his garden. He was also artistic and loved to paint. He leaves his beloved dogs Lolly, Bagel, and Pippin.

A memorial mass was held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church near Ocean Pines. Rev. Leonard Downs officiated. Interment will be held at a later date in Brooklyn, NY. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com


Paul Joseph Desmond

BERLIN — Paul Joseph Desmond, age 89, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Anchorage Nursing Home in Salisbury.

Paul J. Desmond

Paul J. Desmond

Born in Cambridge, Mass., he was the son of the late Timothy and Grace Casey Desmond. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Marjorie J. Desmond; his children, Paul J. Desmond, Jr. and his wife Amanda of Pittsville, Dianne M. Wilson of Ocean Pines, Linda J. Cagiwa and her husband Larry of Waldorf, Md., and Michelle A. Grudi and her husband Steve of Herndon, Va.; grandchildren, Justin and Christian Chew, Danielle Cagiwa, Brynn and Lilly Desmond, Hannah and Cole Grudi and Ryan Wilson; and great-grandchildren Camille, Noah and Seth Chew. Living are his sisters, Mary Collins and Nancy Herdecker, and brother, Bobby Desmond and his wife Ruth. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Keith Wilson; a brother, James Desmond; and a sister, Jean Desmond. He leaves numerous nieces and nephews and a host of good friends.

Mr. Desmond had served in the United States Air Force during World War II, flying 22 missions over Germany while stationed in Norwich England. In 1950, he graduated from Boston University. Paul worked 23 years with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and 13 years with Met Life where he retired in 1986 as Underwriting Vice President. He and Marjorie moved to Ocean Pines in 1987.

A memorial mass was held on Thursday, May 14, at 11 a.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church near Ocean Pines. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com

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Vincent Ferrer Ledwith OCEAN PINES — Vincent Ferrer Ledwith, age 67, passed away on April 18, 2015, at his home accompanied by his children, grandchildren, and sons-in-law. Born in Manhattan, N.Y., he was the son of the late Thomas Ledwith and Audrey Darlington Ledwith. He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Margaret Ledwith, and children, Patricia George … Continue reading

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Robert Edward Lassahan OCEAN PINES — Robert Edward Lassahn, age 68, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at his home. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Ernest Henry Lassahn and Ruth Margaret Hannewald Lassahn. He is survived by his wife, Sherron Clarke Lassahn; daughter Carol Clafferty and her husband Shaun; granddaughters, Kim Guy and her husband Rob, … Continue reading

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Beatrice W. Bennett BERLIN — Beatrice W. Bennett, age 88, affectionately known as “Miss Bea,” passed away peacefully on April 5, 2015, at the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Sept. 11, 1926 in Nanhsuchow, Anhwei, China, the fifth child of missionaries, Henry H. and Irma White. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Reed Bennett, … Continue reading

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Eleanor Landing Abbott BERLIN — Eleanor Landing Abbott, age 86, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. Born in Princess Anne, she was the daughter of the late Pierce Gardner Landing and Ella Marie Hancock Landing. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lee Abbott. She is survived by her daughter, Linda A. … Continue reading