George L. Bland, 70, Baltimore firefighterGeorge L. Bland...

November 15, 1995

George L. Bland, 70, Baltimore firefighter

George L. Bland, who retired in 1976 after nearly 25 years as a Baltimore firefighter, died Friday of cancer at a veterans hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. He was 70.

The Baltimore native lived in Northwest Baltimore. A graduate of Dunbar High School and Morgan State University, he served in the Marine Corps before becoming a firefighter.

Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at New St. Mark Baptist Church, 3905 Springdale Ave.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ann Waites; seven daughters, Brenda Knight, Glenda Thomas, Sharon Johnson, Cheryl Foreman, Jackie Bland, Phyllis James and Stacey Ann Bland; two sons, Linwood Bland and Michael James; a brother, William Bland; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

Robert F. Colberg, 71, insurance agent

Robert F. Colberg, 71, who had been an agent for Washington National Insurance Co. and later worked for H. C. Gabler Trucking Co. in Chambersburg, Pa., died Friday at a Chambersburg hospital after a heart attack. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home in Chambersburg.

He is survived by his wife, the former Bernice Robertson; his mother, Gertrude M. Colberg of Baltimore; two brothers, Francis and Eugene Colberg, both of Baltimore; and two sisters, Ramona C. Foose of Chambersburg and Esther Kolsun of Fayetteville, Pa.

L. Kenly Jenkins, 75, state highway engineer

L. Kenly Jenkins, a retired state highway engineer, died Sunday of heart failure at his home in Rock Hall. He was 75.

Mr. Jenkins retired in 1982 as chief right of way engineer for the State Highway Administration's northern Eastern Shore district, after 33 years with the administration and its predecessor, the State Roads Commission.

The Baltimore native served in the Coast Guard on a minesweeper during World War II.

In 1987, he was made an honorary alumnus of Washington College because of his support of its lacrosse team. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing and sailing Chesapeake log canoes. From the late 1950s through the 1960s, he either owned his own boat or raced those of others.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Fellows-Wells Funeral Home in Rock Hall.

Mr. Jenkins is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Dorothy Lee Raymo; a son, Brian P. Jenkins of Washington, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

Cyril M. Witte, 76, education professor

Cyril M. Witte, retired professor of education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, died Oct. 31 of complications of Alzheimer's disease at his home in Mount Airy. He was 76.

Dr. Witte retired nearly 20 years ago after teaching for many years at UMBC and at Loyola College. He also had taught at the University of Maryland College Park and in Baltimore City elementary schools after moving to Maryland in the early 1950s.

Born in Stanley, N.D., he was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he also earned his doctorate. He served in the Army during World War II.

A memorial service was held Nov. 2 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodbine.

He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Kessel; two sons, James Richard Witte of Glenville, W.Va., and Bruce Witte of Mount Airy; three brothers, Kenneth Witte of Gillette, Wyo., James Witte of Des Moines, Iowa, and John Witte of Poplar, Mont.; four sisters, Inez Johnson of Gillette, Marian Sorenson of Bismarck, N.D., and Sister Muriel Witte and Sister Monica Witte, both of Denver; and eight grandchildren.

John W. Wilkinson, 90, monument company owner

John W. Wilkinson, retired owner of a monument company, died Nov. 2 of pneumonia at Meridian Nursing Center-Frederick.

Mr. Wilkinson, who was 90 and lived for many years in Stoneleigh, retired about 20 years ago as owner of the George W. Wilkinson & Sons memorial business his father started in 1890.

A Baltimore native, he was a 1925 graduate of Loyola High School and a 1929 graduate of the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Mr. Wilkinson maintained a summer home on Seneca Creek in Middle River and sailed his skipjack on the Chesapeake Bay.

He was a member of the Towson Lodge of the Elks, the Annapolis Roads Club, the Twin Shields Golf Club in Southern Maryland and the Talbot Rod and Gun Club on the Eastern Shore.

His wife, the former Eve Mary Rawlins, died in 1963.

Mr. Wilkinson is survived by a son, John R. Wilkinson, of Joppatowne; three daughters Dolores Eve Beals of Frederick, Virginia Eve Wilkinson of Towson and Eve Elizabeth Brooks of Potomac.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Nov. 6 at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church.

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