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Obituaries

John Chester Rayne

Powellville–John Chester Rayne, 62, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at his home.   Born in Salisbury, he was the son of the late Chester West Rayne and Hazel Powell Rayne. He is survived by his brother, David Powell Rayne and his girlfriend, Terry Koshi. Also surviving is a niece, Megan Rayne Flick of Harrisonburg, Va…. Read more »

Beverly V. Beckman Lauder

Berlin – Beverly Virginia Beckman Lauder, age 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 27, 2014 in Berlin.   She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Calvin E. Lauder. Like her husband, she was born in Cumberland, Md. and lived there until they moved to Rochester, N.Y., where… Read more »

Anne C. Wolfsheimer

Berlin–Anne Conroy Wolfsheimer, age 86, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Atlantic General Hospital.   Born in Norfolk, Va., she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Anna Grady Conroy.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Nelson Joseph Wolfsheimer, Sr.  She is survived by her admiring children; Dr. Nelson Joseph Wolfsheimer,… Read more »

Annette Theresa Vollmer

nette Theresa Vollmer WILLARDS – Annette Theresa Vollmer, age 74, died on Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.   Born in Englewood, N.J. on Nov. 17, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Amelia Morris. Annette is survived by two children; daughter, Jean Marie Vollmer of Florida, and… Read more »

Lawrence Paul Downs

Ocean Pines–Lawrence Paul Downs, 75, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.   Born in Baltimore City, he was the son of the late Paul and Ethel Mae Stein Downs. He is survived by his wife, Sally Stowe Downs, and children; Nancy Morgan of Des Moines, Iowa, John A. Morgan, Jr. and… Read more »

Sarah J. Hitchens Venable

Berlin–Sara J. Hitchens Venable, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2014 at Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.   Born in Ocean City, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Ellen Lynch Hitchens. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ward Venable.   Surviving are her sons; William “Bill” Venable and his wife,… Read more »

Jennifer Leigh Melvin

Ocean Pines – Jennifer Leigh Melvin, 29, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.  Born in Silver Spring, Md., she was the daughter of Edward Melvin and Wanda Atkinson Melvin, and grand- daughter of Betty S. Atkinson and the late John Stanley Atkinson.    She is survived by her beloved husband,… Read more »

Walter Matthew Langan

Walter Matthew Langan, 89, of Berlin, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at Atlantic General Hospital. Born in New York, N.Y. he was the son of the late Walter J. and Anna Devlin Langan. Mr. Langan was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during World War II on the U.S. Montauk, in charge of the radio room…. Read more »

Elizabeth Ann Foley

OCEAN CITY–Elizabeth Ann Foley, 81, a resident of Ocean City, died on Jan. 22, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was born on March 6, 1932 in Brooklyn, was raised in Queens, and then moved to Williston Park, N.Y. after her marriage to Tom in 1952. She moved to Severna Park in… Read more »

Billy Greene Smith

BERLIN–Billy Greene (B.G.) Smith, 78, of Berlin went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. He was born Sep. 7, 1935 in Sylacauga, Ala. to the late John Reid and Lillian Greene Smith. At a very early age, the family moved to Dorchester County where he grew up in the Hurlock… Read more »