Marba A. Struble

[Age 94] The church and funeral home organist also co-owned a marina.

May 23, 2007

Marba Abram Struble, a retired church and funeral home organist and marina co-owner, died of heart failure May 16 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Severna Park resident was 94.

Born Marba Abram in Chicago, she studied piano at the Gibson Studio there and moved to Maryland in 1940 to work at the old Bendix radio plant on Joppa Road in Towson.

She was briefly co-owner and operator of a laundromat in Endicott, N.Y., then co-owner of the Clover Farm variety store in Marley Park, which she ran for more than nine years.

In 1960, she and her husband of 59 years, Russell W. Struble, purchased Captain Tom's Marina on Cypress Creek off the Magothy River and renamed it Struble's Marina. They owned and operated it until 1988. Her husband died in 1993.

Mrs. Struble lived for many years in Severna Park's Oakleigh Forest neighborhood and was a member of Magothy-Chelsea Community Lutheran Church in Pasadena, where she played the organ.

She volunteered at the North Arundel Convalescent Center in Glen Burnie, where she also played the organ and planned events. In the mid-1980s, she received a WJZ-TV gold-pin salute for her community service.

She enjoyed painting and Asian cooking, and followed the Chicago Cubs and the stock market.

Mrs. Struble was the resident organist for more than 20 years at Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, where services were held yesterday.

Survivors include a brother, Edgar J. Abram of Johnson City, N.Y.; and two nieces.

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