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Patricia Murray Chester
Patricia Murray Chester, 77, died Oct. 4, 2014 in Berlin, Md. surrounded by her family.
Born in Berlin, she was the daughter of the late Harry Earl Murray, Sr. and Virginia Dennis Murray.  She was preceded in death by her second husband, Marvel Lee Hadder in 1991, and N. William “Bill” Chester in 2012.
She is survived by her children; Thomas S. Cropper, Jr. and his wife, Tina Pierce Cropper of Hebron; Virginia “Ginger” Jane C. Warren and her husband, James, of Berlin and Robert “Craig” (Big Bird) Cropper and his wife, Tammy Townsend Cropper of Powellville.  
She was an adored grandmother to: Rebecca “Becky” Timmons and her husband Kevin; Brian Warren and his wife, Rachael; Thomas S. Cropper, III, Shannon Cropper and Patricia Mae Cropper; and great-grandchildren, David Warren and Coley Timmons.  
She leaves two brothers, Harry Earl Murray, Jr. and his wife, Donna of Berlin, and John Dennis Murray of Berlin; nephews, Jonathan and Drew Murray; nieces, Holly M. Miller and Kelly M. Thompson; several great nieces and nephews and several cousins whom were so loved by Pat.
She is also remembered by all of her special friends too numerous to name.
She is survived by Thomas S. Cropper, Sr., father of her children.
Mrs. Chester was a graduate of Buckingham Elementary, and attended St. Mary’s College and Wor-Wic Community College. Pat was a co-owner of Cropper Oil Company as well as secretary and treasurer, and co-owner with her husband of Hadder Farms, and also co-owner with her husband Chester, Jr. Farm.
She was a member of the Farm Bureau, DPI, International Goat Association, Chincoteague and Paint Horse Association, AMSA, was a former member of Friendship United Methodist Church, Stevenson United Methodist Church, and present member of Whaleyville United Methodist Church in Whaleyville, where she had taught Sunday school as well as bible study.  
She had been a school bus driver, nurse’s aide for Leonardtown Hospital, and a scout leader for boys and girls.
A nature lover, she enjoyed raising goats and horses on her farm. Above all Pat loved her family and her vast circle of friends. She was just an “Ole Eastern Shore Gal.”
A funeral service was held on Oct. 8, 2014 at Whaleyville United Methodist Church in Whaleyville. Interment followed in Dale Cemetery. Rev. Terry Fort  and Rev. Dean Perdue officiated.
A donation in her memory may be made to Dale Cemetery Fund, C/O Frank Love, P.O. Box 15, Whaleyville, Md. 21872, or Whaleyville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6, Whaleyville, Md. 21872, or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804.
Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Online condolences may be shared with the family at
Vivian Patricia Whalen
Vivian Patricia Whalen, age 80 passed away Sept. 29, 2014 at Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  
Born in San Francisco, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Ann Patrich Stewart. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald F. Whalen; daughter, Mary A. Whalen and brother, Robert Stewart.
She is survived by her son, Steve Whalen of Berlin; a brother, Richard Stewart and his wife Nancy, and sisters; Junetta Lee, Dianna Sicori and her husband, Mike. She is also survived by many other loving relatives and a host of friends.
Mrs. Whalen loved to sing and dance. In 1997, she tried out and earned a part in the opera “Pagliacci” which was opening for the season at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. During its run, she performed for the president of the United States.
Vivian never lost her passion for singing and dancing. She was also a “homebody” who enjoyed sewing, cooking and playing cards. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
No formal services are planned at this time. Letters of condolence may be sent via:
Frank T. Hauser, Jr.
Frank Thomas Hauser, Jr., 71, of Greenbackville, Va., died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at PRMC in Salisbury, Md.  
Born on July 16, 1943 in College Park, Md., he was the son of the late Frank Thomas Hauser, Sr. and the late Margaret Gollery Hauser.
He was a graduate of High Point High School and Benjamin Franklin University, where he received his degree in accounting. He was a successful entrepreneur who founded Tri-County Utilities and Timberline in Beltsville, Md. and recently retired from Hauser Utilities, Inc in Berlin, Md.
He was president of The Public Works Contractors Association of Washington, a member of The American Legion Post #123, The Accomack County Republican Uni, and The Eastern Shore Chapter of The Hampton Roads Tea Party.
He loved politics, gardening, boating and visiting family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Tami Taylor Hauser; a brother, Garrett Harrison Hauser and his wife, Carol; and children, Deborah Dawne Athey and her husband, Mark, and Stephanie Elizabeth Bates and her husband, Timothy; step-children; Heather McRoberts and her fiance, Shawn Cropper, and Paul McRoberts and his wife, Kelly.
There are two grandchildren; Kevin Joesph Athey and Camille Cropper.  He leaves behind his two beloved Jack Russells, Termite III and Max.  
A celebration of life will take place at a later date and will be private for the family. Letters of condolence may be sent via:
Louis Edward Curtin of Crofton, Md. passed away on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.
He was a loving husband to Patty and devoted father of Linda Reese, Connie Ashy and Megan Curtin.
He was an avid golfer and member of Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club. A lifelong Redskins and Orioles fan, Lou was distantly related to Boog Powell, and as a Redskins Program Sales employee, he saw every home game for 30 years.
Born at Gallinger Hospital in Washington, D.C., Lou grew up in Cheverly and began his sheet metal apprenticeship in 1963 before joining Stromberg Sheet Metal Works in 1965. He retired from the company in 2004. In addition to his wife and daughters, he is survived by six grandchildren.