Rev. Albert Burkhardt, 69, Lutheran pastorThe Rev. Albert...

September 04, 1997

Rev. Albert Burkhardt, 69, Lutheran pastor

The Rev. Albert Ray Burkhardt, a retired clergyman who had served as secretary of the Maryland Synod of the Lutheran Church in America, died of brain cancer Sundayat his Parkville home. He was 69.

Mr. Burkhardt retired in 1993 from Reformation Lutheran Church in Baltimore, where he had been pastor since 1988.

From 1984 to 1987, he was secretary of the Maryland Synod, an appointed position with responsibilities for Lutheran churches throughout the state, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

He began his pastoral career in 1952 as assistant pastor at Lutheran Place Memorial Church in Washington and was appointed pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in West Baltimore two years later. He also was pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Middletown and Christ Lutheran Church in LaVale.

Mr. Burkhardt was the first registrar and a board member of Mar Lu Ridge Conference and Educational Center, a Lutheran camp and conference center in Jefferson, Frederick County. He also served on the boards of Gettysburg College and Augsburg Lutheran Home.

Born and raised in Waverly, he graduated from City College in 1946 and Gettysburg (Pa.)College in 1949. He earned a divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg in 1952.

After retiring, Mr. Burkhardt was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lutherville.

Services for Mr. Burkhardt will be at 11 a.m. today at Reformation Lutheran Church, 6200 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Eleanor Weibley; two sons, Mark Burkhardt of Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Brent Burkhardt of Baltimore; and three grandchildren. Laura Page Brown, a Baltimore native, died of cancer Aug. 10 in El Paso, Texas, where she lived. She was 64.

From 1970 to 1995, she was an educator in El Paso, holding positions as a teacher and principal.

The former Laura Page graduated from Douglass High School in 1950 and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Hampton (Va.) Institute in 1955 and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Texas-El Paso in the 1960s.

She married Warren E. Brown in 1955, and the couple lived in Germany and Korea before settling in Texas in 1970.

A memorial service is scheduled for 6: 30 p.m. Sept. 13 at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road in Columbia.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Gregory Brown of Colony, Texas; two daughters, Ann Brown of Dallas and Marie Brown Hall of Plantation, Fla.; three sisters, Vera Page Wilson of Columbia, Alice Page Dixon of Catonsville and Ida Page Robinson of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

Martha E. Bowers, 86, secretary, dietitian

Martha E. Bowers, a Baltimore native, died of pneumonia Aug. 27 in St. Charles, Mo. She was 86.

Mrs. Bowers, who lived in Baltimore until 1993, had worked as a secretary and a dietitian, and was a foster parent.

"She just liked children," said a nephew, Warren L. Hobbs of Baltimore. "Her kids would stay with her for years. She treated them like her own children."

The former Martha Ellen Lancaster graduated from Douglass High School in 1928.

In 1932, she married Charles R. Bowers, who died in 1988.

Services were held Tuesday.

Other survivors include a son, Charles R. Bowers Jr. of St. Peters, Mo.; a sister, Ida S. Williams of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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