We Remember Those We Have Lost – December 28, 2018

David Gaddie Walters

SMITHFIELD, N.C. — David Gaddie Walters, 69, of Smithfield, N.C., formerly of Ocean City, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C.

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David Gaddie Walters

Born Oct. 29, 1949, Mr. Walters was a retired electrician/ship engineer. He worked for the Alaskan fishing industry and later worked for many years in the hospitality industry in Ocean City. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, carpentry, making things with his hands and he especially loved animals.

At his request, there will be no visitation or viewing. A graveside service will be held at East Hill Cemetery in Bristol, Tenn. at a later date.

Mr. Walters is survived by his wife, Barbara Walters of Smithfield; daughter Kim Hanson (Chad) of Warner Robbins, Ga.; son David Walters of Cambridge; sisters Nancy King (Charlie) of Lakewood Ranch, Fla. and Sandra Cannon (Laura) of Rockville; stepdaughters Kathleen Stone (Anthony) of Winston, Ga., Brenda Blackman (Kelvin) of Dunn, N.C., Denise Galloway (Charles) of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, David A. Walters and Helen B. Walters.

Memorial donations may be made to Worcester County Humane Society, 12330 Eagles Nest Rd., Berlin, Md., 21811 or to Kenille’s Kupboard Pet Pantry & Rescue, Inc., PO Box 598, Ocean City, Md. 21843.


Mary Theresa Leidner

OCEAN PINES — Mary Theresa Leidner, age 81, died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 at her home.

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Mary Theresa Leidner

Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Thomas O’Neill and Helena Wess O’Neill. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Leidner, Sr., and children, Ronald Leidner, Jr., and his wife Janet of Millersville, Md., Jeffrey Leidner and partner Jennifer Opie of Berlin, Gregory Leidner and his wife Margie of St. Augustine, Fla., Victoria Black and her husband Robert of Bluffton, S.C., Laurie Bracken and her husband Colt of Timonium, Md. and Scott Leidner and his husband Rafael of Gaithersburg, Md. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Ronald Leidner, III, Brooke Leidner, Patrick Leidner, Andrew Newman, Jenna Lightner, Duffy Leidner, Christopher Lightner, Robbie Camin, Christine Leidner, Carlie Leidner, Morgan Bracken, Matthew Leidner and Hannah Bracken, and seven great-grandchildren Jack, Luke, Rhyan, Oliver, Gentry, Audrey and Griffin. Also surviving is her brother, Thomas O’Neill of San Antonio, Texas, and her sister, Barbara Rosenthal and her husband Terry of Manalapan, N.J.

As a cardiac care nurse for more than four decades, Mary’s keen wit, sense of humor, Irish mischievousness and love of her profession and patients kept nurses, doctors and administrators on their toes at both St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

Mrs. Leidner, along with her husband, also led the Worcester County Parkinson’s Support group in Berlin for a number of years. A member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Mary was a loving, devoted and steadfast mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and a dedicated and loving wife to her beloved husband for almost 62 years. She enjoyed the beach, gardening, golf, swimming, traveling, ceramics and especially storytelling. She never met a stranger and was a friend to everyone while opening her home for friends and family gatherings.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church near Ocean Pines. Inurnment will be in the McDonogh School Columbarium in Owings Mills at a later date. A donation in her memory may be made at https://www.pdlowershore.org/ or sent to Lower Shore Parkinson’s Support Group, 909 Progress Circle, Salisbury, Md. 21804. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.


Charles Bernard Bennett

BERLIN — Charles Bernard Bennett, age 85, died Dec. 21, 2018 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Samuel Bennett and Sophie Raingor Bennett. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Ann Bennett, in 2012. He is survived by his sister, Ellen Gott; his sister-in-law, Barbara Ackerman of Berlin; and three nephews.

He was employed with Bethlehem Steel Co. in Baltimore where he had worked for 37 years. He was a United States Army veteran and member of Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City. He was a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery 7501 German Hill Road in Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Worcester County Humane Society P.O. Box 48 Berlin, Md. 21811.

Arrangements are in care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family via [email protected].


Geraldine Clarke

BERLIN — Geraldine Clarke, age 79, passed away on Dec. 24, 2018 at her home in Berlin. B

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Geraldine Clarke

Born in Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Dominick Luciani and Carlita Cattaneo. She is survived by her daughters, Pamela Miller and husband Jeff and Lisa Stauffer and husband Tim; sister Adrianna Reed and husband Lawrence; and two grandchildren, Allyson Stauffer and Jessica Stauffer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Clarke.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Visitation is from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Community Church of Ocean Pines at 11227 Racetrack Road Ocean Pines, Md. 21811 or Worcester County Humane Society at PO Box 48, Berlin, Md. 21811.