Mark Patrick Groner, Maryland state trooperTfc. Mark...


October 04, 1992

Mark Patrick Groner, Maryland state trooper

Tfc. Mark Patrick Groner, 24, of Easton died Thursday in an automobile accident while responding to an emergency in Dorchester County.

Services for Trooper Groner, a native of Baltimore, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow with police department honors at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

Trooper Groner graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 1986. He also attended Towson State University for one year as a music major.

His hobbies included softball and volleyball.

He was a Washington Redskins fan and enjoyed watching the games with his stepfather, Dale Burd.

"He was very dedicated to the police force," Mr. Burd said. "He made an excellent trooper."

He was appointed to the Maryland State Police Academy in October 1988 and graduated in April 1989. He was then assigned to the Easton barracks.

He was promoted on Feb. 19 this year.

He was a Specialist E-4 with the Maryland Army National Guard and played the tuba in the 229th Army National Guard Band.

He had played the tuba since elementary school.

In addition to his stepfather, he is survived by his mother, Patricia Foster Burd of Owings Mills; and a stepbrother, Harvey Harold Groner Jr. of Baltimore.

Brothers and sisters include Lisa Lynn Groner of Owings Mills; Harvey H. Groner III, stationed in the Army in Savannah, Ga.; Larry Wolfe of Charlottesville, Va.; Margo Cleveland of Owings Mills; and Allison Burd and Stephen Burd of Albuquerque, N.M.

The family suggested memorial contributions to COPS, 9423-A Upper Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro 20772.

Dora Sharp Coard, a bridge life master who once worked as a secretary, died Sept. 24 of cancer at the Manor Care-Ruxton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A memorial service for Mrs. Coard, who was 87 and lived in Rodgers Forge, was conducted yesterday.

Mrs. Coard was a former president of the Women's Bridge

League and was named a Life Master by the American Contract Bridge League.

She taught bridge for many years, and played in a tournament two months ago.

A traveler who visited about 65 countries, many of them several times, she toured the former Soviet Union three years ago.

Over the past six years, she knitted nearly 6,000 baby caps for the Rodgers Forge Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons to distribute to local hospitals.

During World War II, she knitted a sweater a week for the Navy and also repaired overcoats that were given to orphans, took in a refugee family and was a United Service Organizations volunteer.

The former Dora Sharp was a native of Baltimore who, as an elementary school student, was one of the children who made up the 1914 human flag at Fort McHenry in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

She graduated from Eastern High School in 1921 and, after graduating from the Baltimore Business College, worked as a secretary for the historian who headed Baltimore's celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of Maryland.

Living alone and driving her own car until her final illness, she particularly liked to tell jokes to her friends and claimed her sense of humor as her only accomplishment.

Her husband of 41 years, T. Ralph Coard, a retired district manager for the Prudential Insurance Co., died in 1981.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy B. McKnight of Fork; and three grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Welfare Fund of the Second Presbyterian Church.

Beatrice Blanchard

Clothing sales clerk

Beatrice Elisabeth Blanchard, a retired women's clothing sales clerk, died Wednesday of pneumonia at the Carroll County General Hospital.

Services for the 80-year-old Carroll Lutheran Village resident were conducted at 10 a.m. yesterday at the Pritts Funeral Home in Westminster.

She worked in the Stewart and Co. store in the Westview Mall before it closed in 1983. The former Beatrice Elisabeth Silberzahn was a native of Baltimore and lived in Woodlawn for many years before moving to Westminster two years ago.

Her survivors include three sisters, Margaret Silberzahn, Lillian Kerne and Ann Richter, all of Towson; a brother, George Silberzahn of Baltimore and two nephews.

Carole Ann Kellner

Recreation director

Carole Ann Kellner, a former recreation director in Prince George's County who operated a landscaping business with her husband, died Thursday of cancer at her home in Gambrills.

Services for Mrs. Kellner, who was 41, were conducted yesterday.

The former Carole Ann Rigdon was a native of Harford County who was reared in Joppa.

She graduated from Edgewood High School and, in 1973, from the University of Maryland at College Park.

She worked for the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission in Prince George's before she and her husband started Green Horizons Landscaping, which operates out of their Gambrills home.

She was a member of the Belcroft Bible Church in Bowie and the Bible Study Fellowship.

She enjoyed softball, skiing and tennis.

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