Joseph George Sturgeon
BERLIN – Joseph George Sturgeon, 87, of Berlin, died Saturday at Atlantic General Hospital.
Born and raised in Baltimore, he was the first son of the late Joseph and Myrtle Grumbine Sturgeon.
He was a proud survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II. He spent his career in the telecommunications industry. He loved the Eastern Shore, boating and fishing. He was a charter member of VFW Post #8296 and American Legion Post #123.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Arlene; a son, Joseph Scott Sturgeon (Claire) of Georgia; a daughter, Linda Whitehead (Thomas) of Georgia; a grandson, David Scott Boucinani; and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Marie Victoria Boucinani.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are in the care of Bounds Funeral Home in Salisbury. Visit www.boundsfuneralhome.com to send letters of condolence to the family.
Earle Curtis Johnston
OCEAN CITY – Earle Curtis Johnston "Skippy", age 64, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at his home under the care of his wife and Coastal Hospice after suffering a short battle from gastric cancer.
Born in Washington, D.C. he was the son of the late Earle Apgar and Alice Rebecca Johnston.
He was the owner and known to many as the "Merlin of Metal Magic".
He was an artist and metal fabricator and had worked for many years for Stromberg’s in D.C. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Union Local #100 for over 28 years.
He was a recipient of two Master Craftsman Awards for Georgetown Park. He worked on the presidents car under President Nixon. He also did work for the White House, Pentagon, Mellon Art Gallery, Corcoran Art Gallery, Gallaudet University and the Willard Hotel all in Washington DC.
His work can be found throughout Ocean City, the giant stainless steel hook at the White Marlin Marina, Sunset Park, Galaxy 66, Seacrets, Party Block, 9th St. Station on the Boardwalk, Liquid Assets, OCFD trucks and the huge fishing reel mailbox at Ake Marine. There is hardly a restaurant or business in town that has not been touched by his artistic input. Some of his apprentices went on to work for the US Treasury Dept., and NASA.
He was a good man with a huge heart, abundance of knowledge and an uncanny sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by those who had the opportunity to know him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Laura Johnston; three daughters, Shirlee Trumm and her husband Kenny, Christine Butler, Melanie Pallo and her husband Todd; two step children, Angela Asmussen and her husband Eric and Gabriel Temple; two brothers, Chris Johnston and Steve Johnston; and 10 loving grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Maria Roderick, and a son, Daniel Johnston.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 2 p.m. at his residence at 12658 Sunset Ave., Ocean City, Md. 21842.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the esophageal cancer society or the cancer society of your choice. There will be a memorial motorcycle ride in his honor and that date will be
Betty Evelyn Kleindienst
BERLIN – Betty Evelyn Kleindienst, age 77, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at her home in Berlin.
Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Maurice Francis and Evelyn Townsend Francis.
Kleindienst was an electronic technician with the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C. for 38 years. She was the proud owner of her beloved pets, Sydney, Daisy, Sparky and Dottie.
She is survived by her daughter, Renee Sechrist and her husband Darrel, and a brother, Thomas M. Kleindienst all of Berlin.
Cremation followed her death. No formal services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Worcester County Humane Society, PO Box 48, Berlin, Md. 21811. Arrangements by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.
Michael Alan Beser
OCEAN CITY – Michael Alan Beser, age 57, died Thursday, June 18, 2009 at his home in Ocean City.
Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Nancy Mitchell Beser and the late Myron Beser.
Beser had worked as a bartender for many years.
Along with his mother he is survived by a brother, Kenneth Nicholas Beser
and his wife Shirlee of Cape Coral, Fla., and two nephews, Todd Michael Beser and Nicholas Anthony Beser of Baltimore.
Services were held. Donations may be made to the Worcester County Humane Society, PO Box 48, Berlin, Md. 21811.
Arrangements by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.
Lucille Katherine Muller
BERLIN – Lucille Katherine Muller, age 88, died Friday, June 19, 2009 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury.
Born in Amherst, Mass., she was the daughter of the late James Edward Deady and Ida Burke Deady. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Kenneth Muller.
Muller had worked in banking administration for many years and also in the Montgomery County school system.
She is survived by her son Stephen Muller of Ft Worth, Texas; her daughter, Gail Williams of Berlin; six grandchildren, Brian Williams, Matthew Williams, Bradley Williams, Melissa Gorley, Timothy Muller, and Carolyn Lewis; three great grandchildren; a brother, John E Deady and his wife Mary Ann of Freeport, Maine; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation followed her death. Inurnment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Md. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Gerri Harrison, 337 Winter Quarters Dr., Pocomoke City, Md. 21837.
Arrangements by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.
Ruth Yox Templeton
BERLIN – Ruth Yox Templeton, age 87, died Friday, June 19, 2009 at her home at Gull Creek Retirement Community in Berlin.
Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Ross Yox and Ella Violet Brooks Yox. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larmour Burns Templeton, in 1977.
Templeton had worked as a teacher in the Baltimore County school system. She was a member of the Atlantic United Methodist Church in Ocean City, Ocean City Seniors, Sinepuxent American Legion Post #166 Ladies Auxiliary, a pinochle enthusiast, avid reader and loved to travel.
She is survived by her sons, Thomas Noel Templeton and his wife Joan of Abingdon, Md. and Larmour Bryan Templeton and his wife Malea of Arnold, Md.; seven grandchildren; three great grand children; one step-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, David Donald Templeton, in 1995.
Services were held. Donations may be made to the Atlantic United Methodist Church, 105 4th St., Ocean
City, Md. 21842 or the Ocean City Paramedics Foundation, PO Box 3099, Ocean City, Md. 21843.
Donald Henry Shara
OCEAN PINES – Donald Henry Shara, age 67, died Sunday, June 21, 2009 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.
Born in Flushing, N.Y., he was the son of the late Henry Shara and Elizabeth Brown Shara. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Shara.
Shara had been a district manager with Freight Liner Trucks a division of Daimler-Benz. He was a licensed charter boat Captain and member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Ocean Pines.
Along with his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Christine Porter of Foley,
Ala; sons, Tim Shara and his wife Denise of Tampa, Fla., Donald Shara, Jr. and his wife Michelle of Stevensville, Md., Jason Shara and his wife Erin of Fallston; three grandchildren, Amanda Strade, Arielle Shara and Jordan Shara; one step-granddaughter, Megan Lofton; and one step-great grandson, Joshua Lofton.
Services were held. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Gerri Harrison, 337 Winter Quarters Dr., Pocomoke City, Md. 21851.
Diane Mari Exter
OCEAN CITY – Diane Mari Exter of Ocean City, age 66, passed away in her home, on Monday, June 22, 2009.
She was the beloved and best friend to Jerry Exter, her husband for almost 50 years. She devoted her whole life to her family, which included her three children, Jae, Kerri and Melissa, who considered themselves blessed by the best mom ever. She treasured and adored her three grandchildren, Cordrey, Tyler and Taylor, was mother in law to Chris Smack, sister to Fritz Wildberger and daughter of the late Frederick Wildberger and Marie Gonzalez.
Her family, in accordance with her wishes, has chosen to grieve in private, and have future memorial services planned when her ashes are returned because, she in her usual thoughtfulness, has chosen to donate her body to science.
Clarence D. Hammond
SALISBURY – Clarence D. Hammond, 85, of Ocean City, died Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.
He was born in Bishopville and was the son of the late Thomas and Viola Quillen Hammond.
He had owned and operated Hammond’s Corner General Store and Service Station for 42 years before retiring in 1986. He was a life member of the Ocean City American Legion Post 166 and the West Ocean City Association. He also served in the Merchant Marines from 1944 to 1946.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Wilgus Hammond of Ocean City; one daughter, Barbara Taylor and her husband Peter of Bishopville; two brothers, Harry Hammond and Thomas Hammond, both of Bishopville; and a sister, Nancy Lathbury of Bishopville. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Sarah Lovell and Laura Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Milton Hammond and Lemuel Hammond, and a sister, Evelyn Godwin.
Services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bishopville Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 350, Bishopville, Md. 21813.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.