Edward L. Fosburg, 89, veteran, postal supervisor

July 12, 2002

Edward L. Fosburg, a retired postal supervisor and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Sunday at Genesis Eldercare Perring Parkway. He was 89.

The longtime Cedarcroft resident was born in Birmingham, England, to American parents. In 1926, he moved with his family to Halethorpe and graduated from Catonsville High School in 1929.

During the 1930s, he worked at General Electric Co. in Philadelphia, and later Montgomery Ward in Baltimore before joining the U.S. post office.

He worked as a letter carrier in Little Italy until enlisting in the Army in 1943. He was assigned to an Army postal unit in California, and then to Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s Third Army, where he served with the 87th Infantry Division.

He was discharged with the rank of corporal in 1945, and his decorations included the Bronze Star.

He returned to the post office and was a supervisor in the main post office on East Fayette Street when he retired in the 1970s.

Mr. Fosburg was an avid collector of model soldiers, toy cars, stamps and nutcrackers. He also enjoyed chess and reading, often reading five books a week, family members said.

In 1941, he married Virginia Louise Buchanan, who died in 1982.

He was a member of Idlewylde United Methodist Church.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

Mr. Fosburg is survived by three daughters, Joan L. Ainge of Westminster, Susan V. Smith of Linthicum and Anne L. Rose of Delta, Pa.; a sister, Edith L. Foxwell of Halethorpe; three grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

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