Gloria Ann Hofman
FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Gloria Ann Hofman, age 88, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Thursday, Feb. 19 2015 at Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, Va.
Born in Spring Lake, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Teresa Haverty. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Leo Hofman; sister, Hope Lions; and two sons, Gary Hofman and Timothy Hofman. She is survived by her children, Fritz Hofman of Ocean City, Randy Hofman and his wife Marilynne of Berlin, Cathy Rocklin and her husband Neil of Ocean City, John Hofman and his wife Pamela of Berlin, Tom Hofman of Ocean City, Jim Hofman and his wife Tracey of Berlin and Bonnie Hart and her husband Ray of Front Royal, Va. There are 16 grandchildren, Matthew, Alexandria, Elizabeth, Michael, Tony, and Greg Rocklin, Hunter, Katie, Britney and Johnny Leo Hofman, Andrew, Brooke, Cali, Samuel, Austin and Juli Hart. Also surviving is her sister, Beverly Munday.
As a young girl she had many interests. She was an excellent sharp shooter, had a keen interest in flying and aeronautics, and loved ice skating and horseback riding. She was a graduate of St. Anthony’s Catholic School and McKinley High School in Washington, D.C., cadet of the Civil Air Patrol and was a graduate of Gladstone Williams Modeling Agency. She studied at Capuchin College and Catholic University of America.
Gloria interrupted her high school education to join the war effort. She became an analyst at the Pentagon in the motion picture production branch of the Signal Corps at the Pentagon. In 1944 she became a United Nations Girl. She sold a half million dollars in war bonds and was rewarded with a ticker tape parade down Constitution Ave., flanked by two Admirals, and was crowned Miss USA War Bond Queen. In 1946, she re-entered high school and graduated. In 1947, she went to work for the Civil Aeronautics Administration. The next year she married Leo Hofman and started a family. While in the middle of raising her family, Gloria became a member of the Third Order of Franciscans. Her faith and relationship with God was extremely important to her. She was a partner in the Hofman Hosiery Mills, Hofman Wholesale Company and Hofman Peat Moss Company. Gloria was also a contestant on “The Price is Right” national TV show and won the Grand Showcase. Many years later, she bought a home in Boynton Beach, Fla. and retired to “Paradise”.
A funeral service was held on Feb. 26, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City. Rev. Jeff Howard officiated.
A donation in her memory may be made to Ocean City Paramedics, P.O. Box 3099, Ocean City, Md. 21843. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com.
John “Jerry” Bosley
OCEAN CITY — John “Jerry” Bosley, 72, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2015.
Born in Baltimore, he was raised in Arbutus, the son of the late Christian and Dorothy Bosley.
He is survived by his loving children, Karen Brode (Jeff) and Christian Bosley (Denise), and grandchildren, Josh and Avery Brode, Cassie, Christian Jr. and Danielle Bosley.
Jerry worked for General Motors Company and then moved to the Eastern Shore in 1975 where he worked for Town of Ocean City.
Years ago when asked why he decided to move to the Eastern Shore, he said, “where else can I see the ocean, the bay, the ducks and go fishing?”
He was an avid fisherman, hobbyist and very devoted to his local library.
His friends will miss his infectious humor and big laugh.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charitable foundation: Believe in Tomorrow, Children’s House by the Sea in Ocean City, care of Director Wayne Littleton.
Alger Hammond Abbott, Jr.
OCEAN CITY — Alger Hammond Abbott, Jr. “Tiny”, age 99, passed away on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at his home.
Born in Berlin, he was the son of the late Alger H. Abbott, Sr. and Jeannie Godfrey Abbott. He is survived by his wife, Ann Riley Abbott, and children, Jenn A. Fredland and her husband Robert of Centreville, Riley Webb Abbott and his wife Ellen of Berlin, and Dr. Peter Scott Abbott and his wife Dee of Willards. There are four grandchildren, Blake Fredland, Carrie Fredland, Alexander Abbott, and Katherine Abbott, and three great-grandchildren, Willa Rzepecki, Madison Giordano and Sophia Giordano. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Henry G. Abbott, and sister, Eleanor A. Connell.
Mr. Abbott was a 1937 graduate of Washington College. Later he co-owned, with his brother, Oderite Janitoral Supply Company, and was owner/operator of Ocean Side Motel. Tiny also served on the Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission from 1970-1978 and was on the Board of Directors of Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club. Mr. Abbott was known as a very “staunch” Republican.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin. Rev. Michael Moyer will officiate. A donation in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3 Church St., Berlin, Md. 21811. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.