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By Larry Millett and Larry Millett,Knight-Ridder Newspapers | May 11, 1992
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Dying may be the second oldest human activity, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for innovation when it comes to departing this vale of tears.In fact, a tour of the St. Paul Civic Center -- where the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association wrapped up a convention this week -- reveals some interesting novelties amid the usual displays of caskets, hearses, tombstones and other emblems of mortality.Take, for example, the "Peace Light," the latest wrinkle in post-mortem illumination.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
Maria G. Zannino, a longtime Highlandtown funeral director who played a prominent role in numerous Italian social and cultural organizations, died Saturday from complications of heart disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 80. "Maria was so wonderful that everyone looked up to her. She was always so kind and found the good in people," said Jo Anne Aiello Ditch, a longtime friend and former city dockmaster who lives in Easton. "And as a funeral director, she had compassion.
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September 18, 2003
Donald Edward Glover, a funeral director and mortician for more than three decades, died Friday of complications of diabetes and Addison's disease at Bon Secours Hospital. The West Baltimore resident was 71. He was born in Baltimore and raised on Shields Place, and was a 1950 graduate of Douglass High School. He studied at the former Morgan State College and earned a degree at Eckel's College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia in 1952. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked for Armco Steel and Bethlehem Steel Corp.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2012
Baltimore County Police have charged a 20-year-old Baltimore man with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a city funeral home director. Mark Brown Jr., of the 200 block of North Washington Street, in a neighborhood near Johns Hopkins Hospital known as C.A.R.E., is charged in the stabbing death of Phillip Weatherford on Monday in White Marsh. Weatherford had owned Phillip A. Weatherford Funeral Services on Oliver Street in the Broadway East neighborhood since June 2005.
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By Laura Loh and Laura Loh,SUN STAFF | September 21, 2003
Robert S. Barranco Sr., a funeral director for nearly half a century, died of colon cancer Wednesday at his Severna Park home. He was 70. Mr. Barranco was born and raised in Northwood. He became interested in the funeral business as a teen-ager, spending summers at his family's vacation home in Beverly Beach. The family's neighbors were morticians, and he was impressed by the shiny black limousines they drove. Mr. Barranco also watched funeral processions from his great-aunt's home on North Avenue, a few houses away from a funeral home.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | December 9, 1998
Horace F. Burgee Jr., a popular and highly respected Hampden funeral director who served on the board of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland for 40 years, died yesterday of pneumonia at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 78.Mr. Burgee, known as Buzz, was born and raised above the two-story Burgee-Henss Funeral Home that was founded by his grandfather in a brick home at Falls Road and 36th Street in Hampden in 1899.The Towson resident continued working in the business until last year, and at the time of his death was chairman of the board of the funeral home.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff writer | May 6, 1992
WINFIELD -- Charles W. Burrier Jr. has been retired less than two weeks, but already he has been called back to work.The funeral business is a "demanding" one, he said, in which people are loyal to directors.He and his wife, Jeanne, who worked with him as a hairdresser, returned to the Burrier-Queen Funeral Directors on Old Liberty Road last week at the request of clients, he said.Burrier sold the business in late April to Arthur T. Queen, who owns a Randallstown funeral home, but said he can return to oversee a funeral on request.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1996
Bob Dole didn't like being compared to a mortician by Time and Newsweek, but he wasn't nearly as angry as the funeral directors."It's terrible," Russell Witzke, a Catonsville funeral home owner, says about the news magazine articles. "It's just people trying to get some headlines. It's sort of a silly comparison when you think about. It makes me mad."The comparisons followed the Republican presidential candidate's response to President Clinton's State of the Union address two weeks ago, and quickly spread to other publications.
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October 9, 1999
Dimitri Tsafendas,81, who assassinated South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd in 1966, died Thursday in Johannesburg. Tsafendas was a parliamentary messenger when he stabbed Mr. Verwoerd to death in parliament in Cape Town on Sept. 6, 1966.The assassin claimed that a giant "tapeworm" in his stomach had forced him to kill Verwoerd, who was widely considered the architect of apartheid. Ruled insane, Tsafendas was imprisoned and later sent to a mental institution.Howard C. Raether,83, known to colleagues as "Mr. Funeral Service" during his years as executive director of the National Funeral Directors Association, died in Milwaukee Wednesday.
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September 17, 2003
On September 12, 2003, DONALD E. (Past President of Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of Maryland). He is survived by three sons Donald M. Glover, Andrei L. James, Royn T. James, one daughter Carolyn J. Bryant, one sister Molly L. Leath, one brother Arthur M. Glover of N.C., 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, four brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and...
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2011
R. George Hopkins, a retired Anne Arundel County funeral director who filled his lawn each year at Christmas with handmade decorations he created and his basement with admirers of his model railroad empire, died Dec. 6 of cancer at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The Crownsville resident was 61. The son of an Aberdeen Proving Ground firefighter and a homemaker, Ray George Hopkins, who was known as George Hopkins, was born in Elkton and raised in Betterton. After graduating from Chestertown High School in 1970, he enrolled at McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in New York City, from which he graduated in 1971.
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August 10, 2011
Regarding your editorial "Fueling anti-Islamic fears" (Aug. 8), proposed prohibitions on Sharia law have not been introduced in Annapolis. On the contrary, the Maryland General Assembly has passed legislation protecting the free exercise of religion by Muslims and Jews and, by so doing, the beliefs of all people of faith. Senate Bill 756 and House Bill 474, passed in 2007, do not require funeral directors to learn how to embalm, which is contrary to Islamic belief. Similarly, the legislature enacted a law this session that allows an Orthodox Jewish couple to close their business on Saturday, their Sabbath, and open it on Sunday, when all other used cars dealers in Baltimore City must be closed.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2010
James Bevard Eline, president and owner of one of the oldest family-owned funeral establishments in the nation, died Thursday from pulmonary fibrosis at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 74. Born in Baltimore into a family of funeral directors, Mr. Eline was the fourth generation of his family to own and operate Eline Funeral Home in Reisterstown. The funeral home was established by his paternal great-great-grandfather, E.D. Selby, a cabinet maker, in 1863. "It originally was called E.D. Selby Undertakers, and after his daughter married J.F. Eline, the business changed its name to J.F. Eline & Sons Undertakers in the 1890s," said his son, Jeffrey B. Eline of Reisterstown, who is a fifth-generation family member in the business.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | January 12, 2010
Robert Thomas Randall, a former funeral director and district sales representative for a New England funeral home supplier, died Thursday of pneumonia at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. The Arnold resident was 75. Mr. Randall, the son of a Methodist minister and a homemaker, was born and raised in Centreville. After graduating from Rehoboth Beach High School in 1953, he served as a private in the Army. He was a 1959 graduate of the Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | December 26, 2009
Kenneth W. Harn Jr., a retired funeral director's assistant and longtime South Baltimore resident, died of complications from a stroke Dec. 14 at Mercy Medical Center. He was 67. Mr. Harn, who was known as "Kenny" or "Wesley," was born and raised in South Baltimore and attended city public schools. Mr. Harn retired this month from McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, where he had been a funeral director's assistant and chauffeur for 48 years. "Kenny was very devoted to his position and took pride in every aspect of funeral service, and was very willing to share his knowledge and experience with young people who chose this work," said Francis Karczmarek, a McCully-Polyniak funeral director.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | December 26, 2009
Kenneth W. Harn Jr., a retired funeral director's assistant and longtime South Baltimore resident, died of complications from a stroke Dec. 14 at Mercy Medical Center. He was 67. Mr. Harn, who was known as "Kenny" or "Wesley," was born and raised in South Baltimore and attended city public schools. Mr. Harn retired this month from McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, where he had been a funeral director's assistant and chauffeur for 48 years. "Kenny was very devoted to his position and took pride in every aspect of funeral service, and was very willing to share his knowledge and experience with young people who chose this work," said Francis Karczmarek, a McCully-Polyniak funeral director.
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August 8, 2004
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By Sara Engram and Sara Engram,Universal Press Syndicate | February 17, 1992
In 1964, Sen. Philip Hart first convened congressional investigations about consumer complaints against the funeral industry. But not until 1984 did the Federal Trade Commission finally adopt its Funeral Rule, the first national regulation on funeral homes.The rule was to be reviewed after four years. That process began in 1988, but it is still unfinished. Last fall, after lengthy hearings and time for public comment, the FTC's staff made its recommendations for changes and modifications in the rule.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | December 8, 2009
Vernon Ronald "Spanky" Bailey, a longtime Baltimore funeral director, died Nov. 21 of kidney and liver failure at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in downtown Baltimore. He was 71. Mr. Bailey was born in Baltimore and raised on Stricker Street in Sandtown-Winchester. After graduating from Douglass High School in 1956, he earned his degree in embalming from the Eckels School of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia in 1959. "He longed to be a mortician from an early age, and as a child, he used to embalm my dolls and put them in little boxes," said a sister, Geraldine J. Fields of Baltimore.
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