We Remember Those We Have Lost

Dr. Robert R. Holthaus

BERLIN – Dr. Robert R. Holthaus, a retired pediatrician, died Sunday, Nov. 21 at Gilchrist Center of complications from cancer. The Ocean City and Glen Arm resident was 71.

Holthaus was a 1957 graduate of Patterson High School and a 1961 graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1965. After completing his pediatric training at Mercy Hospital in 1970, he practiced pediatrics in offices on Northern Parkway and in White Marsh. He retired from his practice in 1997 after caring for thousands of Baltimore-area children. He always enjoyed running into former patients after his retirement as it gave him the opportunity to see the adults his young patients had become.

In addition to his wife of 48 years, he is survived by four daughters, Lauri Bartlett and her husband Anthony of Baldwin, Jodi Mister and her husband David of Baldwin, Heidi Gillis and her husband Robert of Towson, and Molli Carter and her husband Steven of Selbyville, Del. He also leaves three grandsons, Matthew Mister, Harrison Bartlett, and Austin Carter, and one granddaughter, Sarah Bartlett. Also surviving are two sisters, Barbara Conrad of Parkville and Evelyn Zitzer of Lake Mary, Fla.

Friends may call at the family-owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 York Road on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sweet Air on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Chronic Disease Fund, 6900 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 200, Plano, Texas 75024.

William E. Yost Jr.

BERLIN – William E. “Billy” Yost Jr., 49, of Selbyville, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.

He was born in Cheverly, Md. and was the son of Vivian Sleek Yost of Selbyville and the late William E. Yost Sr.

He was a custom painter and was Commander of the Sons of the American Legion at American Legion Post 166 in Ocean City. Also, he was a member of the Westover Moose Lodge and he attended Ocean City Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Tammy Gott of Selbyville and Bonnie Suozzo of Bridgewater, N.J.; a brother, Rodney Adelman of Goodyear, Ariz.; and his fiancée, Barbara Mann of Ocean City.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Salem United Methodist Church, Food Pantry, P.O. Box 410, Selbyville, Del. 19975 or The Sons of the American Legion, P.O. Box 63, Ocean City, Md. 21842.

Mary Isabelle Riordan
BERLIN – Mary Isabelle "Marybell" Riordan, 94, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010.

Born in Baltimore on Jan. 2, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Henry Ackermann and Isabelle Malina Dickie Ackermann. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Phillip Riordan.

She is survived by her son, Dennis M. Riordan and his wife Karen of Annapolis, and daughter Eileen M. Pitcher of Berlin. There are four grandsons, Jefferson, Sean, James and Patrick Riordan and seven great-grandchildren.

Also surviving is a brother, Henry J. Ackermann Sr. of New Jersey and numerous nieces and nephews.
Riordan had worked as a secretary with Gordon Professional Color Lab.

She was known in the community as “Eileen’s mother” and was lovingly nicknamed The Greeter at Sign Craft shop on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, where she said hello to every customer from her wheelchair while her daughter worked in the shop.

She also regularly accompanied her daughter to Ocean Downs racetrack and out to dinner. At the racetrack, she had her photograph taken with The Lone Ranger, who presented her with a silver bullet.

For her 94th birthday in January, she was honored at a party at Outback Steakhouse in West Ocean City with family and friends.

Donations in her memory may be made to Worcester Adult Day Care Services, P.O. Box 159, Snow Hill, Md., 21863.

Richard Glen Hunsucker
BERLIN – Richard Glen Hunsucker, age 70, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010.
Born in Lynch, Ky., he was the son of the late James Hunsucker and Mary Magdalene Hogg Hunsucker.

His wife, Debbie Hunsucker, a grandson, Charlie Hunsucker, and a sister, Kathleen Fay Travis, predeceased him. He is survived by a son, Gregory Scott Hunsucker of Duffield, Va., and two daughters, Cynthia Kurteck and her husband Bill of Minersville, Pa and Crystal Scott and her husband Wesley. Also surviving are two brothers, James Lee Hunsucker and Rusty Scott Hunsucker; four sisters, Patsy Cross, Rebecca Lathbury, Tammy Lathbury and Judy Mallinger; and eight grandchildren, Alex and Ayden Kurtek, Julia, Christopher, Madelyn, Orion, Ender and Cynthia Scott.

Services were held. Donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, c/o Gerry Harrison, 337 Winters Quarters Dr., Pocomoke, Md. 21851 and to Snow Hill Mennonite Church Missionary Fund, 5927 Worcester Hwy., Snow Hill, Md. 21863. Arrangements by the Burbage Funeral Home Berlin.

Elmer LaBarre

BERLIN – Elmer LaBarre, “Pat”, 70, a former resident of Glen Burnie, died surrounded by family Nov. 5 at his home in Swann Keys, Del. After an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born April 23, 1940 in Glen Burnie, to Elmer and Margaret LaBarre. After graduating from Glen Burnie High School in 1958, he went on to become a firefighter with the Baltimore City Fire Department. In addition to his 33 years of employment with the department, he also served in the Maryland National Guard.

He was a member of the Ocean City Elks Lodge, where he was named Elk of the Year. He had a passion for cooking, often competing in competitions and winning many, including the St. Mary’s Oyster Festival in Leonardtown. He also enjoyed boating, golfing and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Charlotte Eduvigen.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judy Garriques of Swann Keys, Del.; two daughters, Dana LaBarre and Varlerie Goss; six sons, David LaBarre, Joey Hyson, Marty Hyson, Mark LaBarre, Randy Hyson and Nicky Hyson; and four sisters.