Joseph E. BirelyB&O supervisorJoseph Eyler Birely, retired...


January 25, 1993

Joseph E. Birely

B&O supervisor

Joseph Eyler Birely, retired mailroom supervisor at the Baltimore & Ohio and Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, died Friday of heart failure at North Arundel Hospital. He was 75.

Mr. Birely, a Glen Burnie resident who was honored for his volunteer work, retired in 1979 after a 42-year railroad career.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Birely attended city public schools and studied voice at the Peabody Institute in the 1940s. For 20 years, he sang in the choir at Glen Burnie United Methodist Church.

Mr. Birely was a member of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association for 42 years, worked on the Big Glen Burnie Carnival for 15 years, and was a member of the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee of Glen Burnie.

Last year, he was recognized as a "Volunteer of the Year" by Gov. William Donald Schaefer for his work with the Pascal Go-getters, a singing group that entertains the elderly.

He and his wife of 53 years, the former Dolores Brandt, were pictured on the American Association of Retired Persons' deck of playing cards in 1991.

The Glen Burnie Elks Lodge No. 2266 named Mr. Birely "Citizen of the Year" in 1988 and 1989.

He helped start the first Pony League for baseball in Glen Burnie and was league president.

Surviving, in addition to Mrs. Birely, are a daughter, Susan J. Haislip, and a son, Joseph E. Birely Jr., both of Glen Burnie; three sisters, Sara Smith and Mary Birely, both of Baltimore, and Louise Hafele of Towson; two brothers, Charles H. Birely of Baltimore and Robert H. Birely of Ocala, Fla.; and four grandsons.

Services were scheduled for noon today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., in Glen Burnie.

The family suggested donations to the American Heart Association, Anne Arundel County Division, 1816 Margaret Ave., P.O. Box 6607, Annapolis 21404-0607.


Joseph Resavage

Bethlehem Steel worker

Joseph Resavage, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. foreman and 42-year resident of Lynch Point in Edgemere, died Saturday of a heart attack at the Lynch Point Social Club. He was 69.

Born and raised in St. Clair, Pa., Mr. Resavage moved to Maryland in 1943 to work in a defense plant.

He was drafted into the Army in 1944 and rose to the rank of sergeant with service in the Philippines, New Guinea and Japan.

After he was discharged in 1946, he returned to Maryland and went to work at Bethlehem's Sparrows Point pipe mill, where he was a foreman in the shipping department. He retired after suffering a stroke in 1979.

Mr. Resavage was a lifelong member of Wells and McComas Post 2678 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also was a charter member of the Lynch Point Social Club, which was formed in the early 1950s.

He also was a Mason, and in his spare time liked to play cards, particularly pinochle, pitch and poker. He also enjoyed fishing and tending his flower garden.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at the Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk, 7922 Wise Ave.

Mr. Resavage is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Hilda Rotan; two sons, Joseph Resavage of Mechanicsville, Va., and Kevin Resavage of Edgemere; a sister, Marie Chizmar of St. Clair; three brothers, Eddie Resavage of Philadelphia, David Resavage of Denver, Colo., and John Resavage of Edgemere; and two grandsons.

John J. Brinster


John Joseph Brinster, who owned and operated Appliance Parts Centers in Catonsville and Severna Park, died Saturday of a heart attack at his Queenstown home. He was 59.

Mr. Brinster ran the business for 23 years.

He was born and reared in Baltimore, and was a 1952 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School.

Mr. Brinster was a member of St. Christophers Roman Catholic Church in Chester, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Ruth Irene Knoche; two daughters, Jeanne Lynn Dalton and Julie Ann Brinster, both of Queenstown; two sons, John J. Brinster and James M. Brinster, both of Queenstown; a brother, Thomas L. Brinster of Baltimore; and four grandchildren, William Dalton, John Paul Dalton, Joanna Dalton and Christina Brinster, all of Queenstown.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Sisters of Charity, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, Md. 21727, Attention: Sr. Patricia Ann.

Edward H. Higgins

Seafood businessman

Edward H. Higgins, an Eastern Shore seafood entrepreneur, died Wednesday of heart failure at Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Fla. He was 60.

Mr. Higgins, a native of St. Michaels, owned the Ocean Cove Seafood Market, which later became the Salty Oyster Restaurant and Chesapeake Seafood Catering Service in St. Michaels, where he also was a founding partner of the Crab Claw Restaurant.

He also founded the Salty Oyster Restaurant in College Park, Higgins Crab House in Ocean City and Yesteryears in Easton and Annapolis.

Mr. Higgins was appointed by former Gov. Marvin Mandel in 1972 to serve on the Review Board of the state Department of Natural Resources and was a member of the governing board of the Alliance for the Chesapeake.

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