We Remember Those We Have Lost – June 9, 2017

Norma M. Wilson

BERLIN – Norma M. Wilson, age 81, passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Berlin Nursing Home.

Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of German immigrants, the late George G. Mosburger and Helena E. Mosburger.


Norma M. Wilson

She is survived by her faithful, loving husband of 59 years, Kenneth G. Wilson; her daughters, LauraLee Purnell and her husband Troy, Robin Kendall and her husband Ross and Marlena Bakke; six grandchildren, Brittany and Austin Purnell, Lee and Jordan Kendall, Taylor and Katherine Bakke; and one great-granddaughter, Addison McMillian. She is also survived by her brother, George Mosburger and his wife Marian of Timonium, and her sister-in-law, Lynn Ford Kraftt and her husband George of Philadelphia, Pa.

Norma had a long battle with MS. Everyone that knew her called her strong, tough and perseverant. Norma never gave in to the disease, even up to the last day. She was a fighter. Norma retired early as assistant to the CEO of Dresser Wayne Industries in Salisbury. Norma was active in the Eastern Star and was a retired worthy matron. She also was a regular volunteer of the optimiss’. Norma was a St. Peter’s Lutheran Church attendee.

When Norma was well, she loved spending her time on the beaches with her husband and family and traveling with her husband and spending time in their Florida home. She also liked to take time to connect with her life-long girlfriends, trips and get together with lots of laughs. Norma has six grandchildren that she was involved with in their early years, boating, beaching, shelling and crafts. She enjoyed making Christmas Eve a special time at Oma’s home.

Norma had a full life with many memorable moments despite the disease of MS. We would like to celebrate the life she lived as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend and give thanks to Jesus Christ for her peaceful passing into the Lords arms. Letters of condolences may be sent to the family at burbage@burbagefuneralhome.com

We would also like to thank the many people that helped keep her comfortable and that helped us take good care of her this past six months. Donations may be sent to the Coastal Hospice P.O. Box 1733 Salisbury, Md. 21804.

Philip Edward Fisher

BERLIN — Philip Edward Fisher, age 89, died on Monday, June 5, 2017 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.


Philip E. Fisher

Born in Dickeyville, Md., he was the son of the late Edward Hamilton Fisher and Emma Phillips Fisher. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helen Fisher in 1999. He is survived by his sons, Kim Philip Fisher and his wife Kathie of Ocean City and Tony Robert Fisher of Berlin. There are two step-grandchildren, Justin Hearne and his wife Kelly and Jason Hearne and his wife Jennifer all of Ocean City, five step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great- grandson. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gordon Fisher.

Mr. Fisher was a graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy in 1950. He was a World War II Coast Guard Veteran and later traveled the world on troop transport ships bringing troops back from the war. He was the owner, operator and pharmacist of Fisher’s Pharmacy on Baltimore Avenue in downtown Ocean City from 1956-1986. A lifetime animal lover, especially horses, he was a member of Horse Lovers United for rescue horses, and later was certified as a horse and dog massage therapist.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to: Horse Lovers United, Inc. P.O. Box 2744, Salisbury, Md., 21802, or the Worcester County Humane Society, P.O. Box 48, Berlin, Md., 21811. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

Joan M. Wright

OCEAN PINES — Joan M. Wright of Ocean Pines died peacefully in her home on Monday, June 5, 2017. She was 85 years old with piercing blue eyes and a fiery personality.


Joan M. Wright

Born in Detroit, Mich., Joan scooped ice cream at her grandparents’ pharmacy and later worked for the Ford Motor Company. She met her beloved husband Jim at an Airforce dance in Michigan and married him shortly after, living with him in Mississippi, Washington State and other stations before settling in Greenbelt.

There, Joan spent decades working with special needs children in Prince George’s County schools. She became a lifelong Maryland basketball fan, known for anxiously watching close matchups through covered eyes or the comfort of the next room over. When Jim joined the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Maryland College Park, Joan — married with two young children — was voted fraternity sweetheart.

Joan was suddenly widowed at age 50 and became determinedly independent in her finances and her life. She continued to spend summers with her family in Ocean City, proudly creating floral displays for the Santa Maria Hotel and Captain’s Table Restaurant on 15th Street. She read the newspaper cover to cover and loved sharing witty remarks with everyone she’d meet.

In retirement, Joan moved to Ocean Pines where she volunteered at The Parke Library, took Zumba classes, and became politically active. She was a sharp dresser, empathic listener and a great dancer.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen L. Martin and husband Howard of Bishopville and Leslie A. Wright of Towson, Md.; four grandchildren, Katie Riesner and husband Matt, Pamela Gorsuch and husband Scott, Megan Nee and husband Brian and Brandon Strasdauskas; as well as six great-grandchildren to whom she was simply “GG.”

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Marjorie (Marsh) Richardson; her husband, James F. Wright; her son, Mark J. Wright; and her sister, Enid Seghi.

A funeral service was held Thursday, June 8 at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville with Pastor Dave Herr officiating. Burial was private in Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in memory of Mark J. Wright, P.O. Box 17029, Baltimore, Md. 21297.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com.