Clifford 'Babe' Bennett
Edgemere native Clifford "Babe" Bennett, 47, died of brain cancer Jan. 15  at his Ruth Avenue home.
He attended Sparrows Point High School and married the former Catherine Hawkins in 1975.
Mr. Bennett worked for a long time for C.J. Langenfelder and then for Maryland Slag, both in Sparrows Point.
He was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church.
Mr. Bennett enjoyed watching wrestling and NASCAR races on television, shooting pool in area leagues and attending family gatherings.
He was a member of the Good Old Boys car club, and his 1969 GTO was his pride and joy, according to his wife. He often entered the car in shows and had won many trophies.
Mr. Bennett was predeceased by his parents, Daniel and Bessie Bennett, and brothers Marvin, Donald and Daniel Bennett.
In addition to his wife of 28 years, he is survived by daughter Elizabeth Bennett, brothers Richard and Calvin Bennett and grandson Aidan Kindle. He also will be missed by many other family members and friends.
The Rev. Joseph Lizor officiated at services held Jan. 19 at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home. Interment followed at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery.
Gordon R. Burmeister
Fort Howard native Gordon Russell Burmeister, 84, died Feb. 5  at Baltimore VA Medical Center.
He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Born and raised in Fort Howard, Mr. Burmeister was fire and security chief for the Fort Howard VA Medical Center until 1955, when he transferred to a veterans hospital in Prescott, Ariz. Retired since 1973, he moved back to Fort Howard in 1980.
The youngest of 10 children, he was the son of Frederick W. Burmeister, longtime lightkeeper for the Craighill and Fort Howard lights.
Crabbing and fishing were his favorite pastimes.
Predeceased in 1978 by his wife, Arvella "Gerry" (nee Hackman), he is survived by son Gordon R. Burmeister Jr. of Indianapolis, sister Madeline Carter of Fort Howard, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Another son, Christian N. Burmeister, died in 1995.
Services were held Feb. 9 at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home. Interment followed at Meadowridge Memorial Park.
Mary M. Colabella
Former Liberty Parkway resident Mary M. Colabella died suddenly on Jan. 28  at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was 64.
She lived much of her life in Dundalk and also spent time in Highlandtown, but in 1990 she moved to Dagsboro, Del., where she resided at the time of her death.
Born Mary Hoxter, she married Michael P. Colabella in 1965. They marked their 39th wedding anniversary just five days before she died.
Mrs. Colabella was the retired personnel director of human resources for Mountaire Farms in Selbyville, Del.
She enjoyed riding a trike and traveled around the country with her husband. She belonged to the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, United Tour Riders and the Diamond Motor Sports Motorcycle Club.
Mrs. Colabella attended Fenwick Island (Del.) Baptist Church and loved being with her family.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her mother and stepfather, Ann and Owen Egeberg of Millville, Del., sons Marc A. Colabella of Dundalk and David A. Macguire of Kentucky, brother Everett Hoxter of Havre de Grace, Md., and eight grandchildren. She also will be missed by daughter-in-law Sharon Colabella.
Funeral services were held Feb. 2 at the Bethany Chapel of Melson Funeral Services in Ocean View, Del. Interment took place at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in South Millsboro, Del.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Fenwick Island Baptist Church, Route 1, Box 133B, Selbyville, DE 19975.
Joe D. Dixon Sr.
Former longtime Dundalk resident Joe D. Dixon Sr., 74, died after a long illness Jan. 26  at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Mr. Dixon, who grew up on Holabird Avenue, lived in Eastfield for 35 years. He retired at age 56 after a 43-year career with Bethlehem Steel, then moved to Princess Anne, Md., 18 years ago. For many years, he worked part-time at the Hollywood Park nightclub in Essex and the Southern Inn on Holabird Avenue.
He loved to hunt and fish with his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Dixon is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary C. (nee Miller), children Joe Dixon Jr., Raymond Dixon and Diane Parks and six grandchildren. Two brothers and four sisters predeceased him.
Services and intermenty were held Jan. 31 in Princess Anne.
David L. Geahr Jr.
Watersedge resident David L. Geahr Jr. died Jan. 21  at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 39.
Though Mr. Geahr lived for a few years in Harford County, he spent most of his life in Dundalk. He was a self-employed appliance mechanic who worked with his cousin and close friend, Carroll Conway.
Mr. Geahr is survived by his mother and stepfather, Ellen and Dale Weller of Dundalk, sister Ellen B. Warner and brother Ronald Geahr, both of Harford County, and a nephew, Collin Geahr.
Services were held on Jan. 24 at Connelly Funeral Home of Dundalk. Interment followed at Oak Lawn Cemetery.
Paul F. Gratz
Lifelong Dundalk resident Paul F. Gratz, 57, died of cancer Jan. 18  at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
A sergeant in the Sparrows Point Police Department, Mr. Gratz had also worked for Bethlehem Steel and Allied Signal.
He was a member of the Law Officers Association of Baltimore County, Willow Spring Pleasure Club and North Point Yacht Club. Fishing and hunting were among his favorite pastimes.
Married to the former Patricia A. Schaekel since Sept. 10, 1967, he lived on Longpoint Road since 1971. He grew up in St. Helena and was a 1965 graduate of Patterson High School.
He will be remembered for his love of life and his ever-present smile.
In addition to his wife of 36 years, he is survived by son Eric Gratz, daughter Kristin McNamara, brothers Charles and Dan Gratz, sisters Helen Kowaleski, Ruth Dailey, Cecile Myrick, Mary Lou Baier, Irene Kelly, Rose Hart, Therese Sorrentino and Carolyn Phillips and one grandson. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Helen Cross Gratz, and a brother, Joseph Gratz.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 22 at St. Rita Church of Our Lady of Hope Church.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Franklin Square Cancer Center, 8000 Franklin Square Drive, Baltimore, MD 21237.
Naomi C. Linderman
Former Edgemere and Dundalk resident Naomi Catherine Linderman (Bowles), 63, died of COPD Jan. 26  at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
The former Naomi Price grew up in Connellsville, Pa., and later lived and worked in Cleveland. She lived in Edgemere and Dundalk before moving to Millersville 25 years ago.
She had worked at Cleaners Hangers Co. and earlier at the old Laskey's restaurant on North Point Boulevard. In Millersville, she enjoyed cake decorating and craftmaking.
She is survived by son Ronald Marion Linderman Jr., daughter Lisa Linderman Williams, brothers Calvin R. Price of Connellsville, William R. Price of Old North Point Road and LeRoy Price of Mississippi, sister Wanda M. Waugh of Edgemere, one granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind husband John Bowles of Florida.
According to her wishes, her body was donated to the Anatomy Board of the United States for medical research.
The family plans a memorial service in the near future.
Rebecca S. McCarthy
Wallace Road resident Rebecca S. McCarthy, 47, died of cancer Feb. 5  at Mercy Hospital.
Born March 17, 1957, in Beckley, W.Va., the former Rebecca Lynn Stewart held a bachelor's degree in business administration from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. She had worked in media relations for the Freddie Mac Co. in Falls Church, Va.
Married to Justin Gregory McCarthy since 1986, she and her husband and their two children moved to Dundalk in 1989. They lived on Wallace Road for the past nine years.
Bingo and golf were her favorite pastimes.
She will be remembered for her kindness and generosity to others.
Predeceased by parents Ernest and Betty Steward, she is survived by her husband of almost 18 years, daughters Tracy and Jamie McCarthy, birth mother Louise Chaillou, sisters Suzanne Holthaus, Yvonne McMahn, Kimberly McNevin and Nyana Chaillou and brothers Ernie Stewart Jr. and Bock Hom.
Services were held Feb. 9 at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home. Family members held a graveside service Feb. 11 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley.
James F. Murray Jr.
Briarwood Estates resident James F. Murray Jr., 80, died Dec. 8  at Ivy Hall Nursing Home.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Murray served in Germany as part of the 82nd Airborne Division's 508th Paratrooper Infantry. He was a life member of Wells-McComas VFW Post 2678.
He was a retired electrician for Esskay and had earlier worked as an electrician for B&O Railroad. He was a 50-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and a longtime member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 27.
He served as corresponding secretary of the Baltimore County Mobile Home Owners Association and helped procure a tax cap in Baltimore County for fellow mobile home owners. The organization's president, Tom Karcher, said Mr. Murray was dedicated to the organization's cause, inspired many fellow members and had an impact on everyone he helped during his 14 years of membership.
Mr. Murray grew up in Gardenville, was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and played first base for the Gardenville baseball team when it won a state championship in 1939.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching a good baseball or football game and collecting shells on the beach in Chincoteague, Va.
In addition to his wife of 39 years, the former Geneva A. Glorioso (Tompsett), he is survived by seven children, Jay, Jim, Jan and Jo Murray and James, Rosemary and Thomas Tompsett, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sister Helen O. Cox.
Services on Dec. 11 at Kaczorowski Funeral Home were followed by intermenty in the Field of Honor at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
John F. Price
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Feb. 12, for John F. Price, who died Feb. 8  at Mercy Hospital. Mr. Price was 69 years old and had lived in Eastfield since 1968.
The Mass begins 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church, 1727 Lynch Road. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery.
Born and raised in Highlandtown, Mr. Price started working for Bethlehem Steel after graduating from Patterson High School, then served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. After his military discharge, he returned to Bethlehem Steel, retiring in 1998 with 44 years of service.
He liked reading, traveling and sports. Years ago, he coached football, baseball and basketball for Eastfield Rec Council.
He was a member of Our Lady of Hope Church for 35 years and belonged to Santa Maria Council Knights of Columbus. He also belonged to Dundalk American Legion Post 38.
In addition to his wife of almost 45 years, Lorraine (nee Kikola), he is survived by a son, John A. Price of Manchester, Md., a daughter, Mary Ann Price of Pasadena, Calif., and two grandchildren. A grandson, John Joseph Price, died in 1998.
Visitation at the Kaczorowski Funeral Home, 1201 Dundalk Ave., was scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Department, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Charles E. Pridgeon Sr.
Former Dundalk resident Charles E. Pridgeon of Bel Air died of asbestosis and heart failure Jan. 28  at age 81.
Mr. Pridgeon lived on Cornwall Road and attended St. Rita Church before moving to Rosedale, then Bel Air.
A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army's 56th Armored Platoon. He was a life member of Charles Evering VFW Post 6506 in Rossville and American Legion Post 180 in Rosedale.
He worked for Western Electric Co. for 40 years before retiring in 1981 and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
A member of Edgemere Moose Lodge 537, he loved socializing and dancing.
Predeceased by his wife, Corrine (nee Holland), he leaves behind son Charles J. Pridgeon Jr., brother Martin Pridgeon, sisters Lorraine Cymek and Marilyn Runge, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and dear friend Marie Bystry of Perry Hall. He also was predeceased by daughter Diane Eder and brother Raymond Pridgeon.
Services were held Jan. 31 at Schimunek Funeral Home. Interment followed at Gardens of Faith Cemetery.
Roscoe L. Burman
Lifelong Turner Station resident Roscoe Leon Burman, 79, died after a long illness Feb. 5  at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Born in Turner Station, Mr. Burman had attended Turner Station Elementary, Bragg High and Carver Vocational schools. He had been a member of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a charter member of VFW Post 4438. He also belonged to American Legion Post 285 and served on the War Memorial Commission.
He was an active volunteer with Turner Station Rec Council and the Turner Station Development Corp.
He retired in 1979 from Fort Howard VA Medical Center with more than 35 years of service.
In addition to his wife, Myrtle Seward Burman, he will be missed by daughter Maxine B. Waterhouse, son Edward L. Burman, sisters Margaret B. Risher and Clementine Jones, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many other family members.
Services were held Feb. 11 at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church. Interment followed at Crowns-ville Veterans Cemetery.
Ida M. Donovan
Ida Mary Donovan, an Edgemere resident for 44 years, died Feb. 18  at age 88.
The former Ida Mary Muchla and her husband, James Garcia, owned and operated a bar in Essex until his death in 1953. After her marriage to Woodrow L. Donovan in the 1960s, she became a full-time homemaker. Mr. Donovan died in 1980.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking and attending family gatherings.
She is survived by daughter Linda M. Cox of Essex, brother Leonard Muchla of Dundalk, sister Marie Stevens of Rosedale, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by brother Henry Muchla.
The Rev. Joseph Lizor celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Feb. 21 at St. Luke's Catholic Church. Interment followed at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery.
Evelyn E. Hoernlein
Evelyn Ella Hoernlein (nee Ritenour), 83, a Logan Village homemaker for more than 50 years, died March 1  at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Mrs. Hoernlein was a member of Dundalk Chapter 97 Women of the Moose for many years.
She is survived by her husband, William Hoernlein Sr., son Chester Hoernlein, sister Margaret Bailey, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by son William G. Hoernlein Jr.
Services were held March 4 at Bradley-Ashton-Matthews Funeral Home. Interment followed at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery.