Mary B. Goldberg, 83, former grocery store ownerMary B...

June 27, 1999

Mary B. Goldberg, 83, former grocery store owner

Mary B. Goldberg, a homemaker who with her husband owned and operated a Sandtown-Winchester grocery store for several decades, died Monday of heart failure at the Jewish Home for the Aged in New Haven, Conn. She was 83.

A former resident of the Walker-Mews Apartments in Cedarcroft, she had lived in New Haven since 1997.

Mrs. Goldberg and her husband, Max Goldberg, whom she married in 1935, operated Sandtown Food Market in the 1400 block of Presstman St. from 1936 until they closed the business in 1959.

The former Mary Burwasser was born and raised in Atlantic City, N.J., the daughter of a tailor. She attended Atlantic City schools until the ninth grade, when she left school to help support her family. She moved to Baltimore in the early 1930s.

She had formerly been a longtime member of Baltimore's Bnai Jacob Synagogue.

Services were held in New Haven on Monday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Goldberg is survived by a son, Louis Goldberg of New Haven; a daughter, Barbara Goldberg Malkin of Cockeysville; a brother, Al Bury of Surfside, Fla.; a sister, Ann Uram of Sykesville; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Joseph Donner, 101, Annapolis liquor store owner

Joseph Donner, longtime owner of Mills Wines and Spirits Mart in Annapolis, died Monday in his sleep at his home there. He was 101.

Since 1946, Mr. Donner's store has been supplying liquor, beer and wine not only to Maryland governors, who regularly shopped there for decades, but also local residents and thirsty mariners who tied up at City Dock across from the Compromise Street store.

The former New Yorker, who came to Baltimore in the 1940s and worked as a door-to-door salesman, purchased the business in 1946 from Billy Mills, its founder.

"With a handshake and a promise to pay the previous proprietor $500, Joseph's word was as good as gold," said his son, Hillard Donner, who lives in Annapolis and is co-owner of the business. "He paid back the full amount in less than two months."

Mr. Donner, who described his father as a "workaholic" and a "no-nonsense businessman," said it wasn't uncommon for him to work seven days a week.

Mr. Donner was born in Dynow, Poland, one of 11 children, and after arriving at Ellis Island with his family in 1914, settled in New York City.

He was married during the 1920s to the former Rose Lebauer, who died in 1978.

A self-educated man, he sold newspapers on street corners and worked as a cigarette boy in Manhattan speakeasys during the Roaring '20s to help support his family.

He was a member of Congregation Kneseth Israel, in Annapolis, where services were held Friday. In addition to his son, Mr. Donner is survived by a brother, Alex Donner of Annapolis; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Bernice Clark, 71, managed restaurant

Bernice Clark, the retired manager of a popular Glen Burnie restaurant, died of emphysema Tuesday at Howard County General Hospital. She was 71 and lived in Ellicott City.

Known as Miss Bea, she was a fixture at the Sunset Restaurant and Lounge for 37 years, before retiring two years ago. She began as a barmaid, but was soon running an operation that grew to 100 employees.

"There wasn't anything that Miss Bea couldn't do," said Arthur "Otts" Fratt, co-owner of the Sunset. "She was like a top sergeant -- very fair with everyone here."

Born in Cambridge, the former Bernice Hubbard attended schools there before coming to Baltimore nearly 50 years ago. She worked in the office of developer James W. Rouse on Saratoga Street before becoming office manager for Western Union at its old Baltimore Street downtown headquarters.

In 1961, she took the barmaid's job at the Sunset -- then a tavern on Greenway that served food as a sideline. The place expanded over the years while the owners added oil paintings and Tiffany-style lights to the decor and cream of crab soup and strawberry shortcake to the menu.

She married Francis Clark in 1964. He died a year later.

Funeral services will be held at 2: 30 p.m. July 12 at Baltimore National Cemetery, Frederick Road, Catonsville.

She is survived by three sons, Evan Brierley of Millersville, Neil Brierley of Ellicott City and Frank Clark of Columbia; a daughter, Allison Purcell of Bel Air; and 13 grandchildren.

Edward G. Crawford, 65, trucking firm owner

Edward Grafton Crawford, the retired owner of local trucking and delivery firms, died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. Mr. Crawford, who lived in Parkton, was 65.

Mr. Crawford owned and operated the Crawford Carting Co., a trucking company that picked up containers from the Dundalk Marine Terminal and moved products for local manufacturers including Lever Brothers. He also owned Spangler Transportation, which delivered multiple listings, contracts and other documents for real estate companies throughout the Baltimore area.

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