News of interest to some

Mr. Martin Biser
As originally published on Tuesday, February 10, 2009.

Martin Roland Biser, 85, of Brunswick, passed away at his home on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009. He was married to Lorraine Stup Biser, his wife of 61 years. Born Aug. 25, 1923 near Adamstown to Erie Calvin and Lizzie Adlyn Coblentz Biser.

Roland was the eighth of 11 children born into a farming family. He owned and operated Galyn farm near Brunswick from 1947 through 2002. In addition to being a lifelong farmer, Roland was also a businessman who was well-liked and respected in the community.

He was past president of the Brunswick Co-op, Farmers Club and Ruritan Club in Petersville. He also served 22 years as a director for the Bank of Brunswick. He was a member of the New Hope United Methodist Church in Brunswick. He also served as chairman of the trustees for New York Hill United Methodist Church. Roland was also a director of the Manor Reformed Church Cemetery, Frederick.

2/9/2009 Passing of a former classmate.
I am sure you all remember Oscar Flook.  He passes away on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009.  He did not graduated from High School would have in 1953
His service was Friday at the Williams Funeral Home with Rev. Vicky Starnes officiating.  Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702-1799

Alumni site is used to obtain information

Hi Curt,
Going out to cemetery to work again this morning.  We have finished and are starting again at Lot 1 because we have learned so much by doing it we feel we need to do Section A again to be sure we have all the information correct and listed in our books. 
Just logged on site looking up info on Jacqueline Coffman, class of 1943 and found what I needed.  Her foot stone has her name. period    same as her mother    no dates   just their name and I wanted her birth and death for the books.
Looked at our class, 1954 and you missed Gerald Taylor.  He died Dec. 11, 2005.  it was in Frederick Post but did not say BHS in obit. 

Letter from an alumni with a complaint concerning the site in October 2004

            I see that you donated the space to be used for the BHS Alumni website, so I decided to send this to you rather than the man who updates it, since technically you own the space.  I understand that Mr. Webber is an older gentleman, and Iím sure heís very nice.  Iím also very grateful that he takes the time to update and run the website.  I do have a small complaint, though.  I am offended by the link on the main page about the ACLU and no crosses being allowed on Federal property.  The ACLU may be seen as evil to some, especially some more conservative and older folks, but it does a very important job of keeping a separation between church and state and guaranteeing that civil liberties of Americans are upheld.  I think a link to anything either praising or degrading the ACLU has no place on our alumni website.  The alumni website should be strictly about things relating to BHS or the alumni and thatís it.  No political statements, no links supporting or degrading any groups, individuals, or organizations, just things pertaining to BHS and the alumni.  Mr. Webber shouldnít assume that all alumni feel the same as he about the ACLU, nor should the website cater more to older alumni than it does to younger.  Iíd just like to see more of a balance, and no bias, and the thing about the ACLU taken off the website.  If Mr. Webber wants to make a statement about the ACLU he should put it on his own homepage and not a page thatís for all BHS alumni.  Not sure if youíre the one I need to be complaining to or not, but just thought Iíd tell you.  I guess if I donít hear back from you Iíll send my complaint to Mr. Webber.

My response

I received your complaint you sent to Brian.  I am sorry you don't like some things on the site but everyone can not be satisfied with everything.  You of course have the option of not accessing any link on the site as well as not accessing the site at all.  Perhaps you did not care for the photo with the statement of ONE NATION UNDER GOD either.  For your information I served twenty seven months during WW2 in the Pacific for freedom of press and freedom of speech.  Even yours

Further from the above alumni

Dear Mr. Webber,
    I think you might have missed the point of my complaint.  Yes, you cannot please all people all the time, that is true.  But my point was that this website is the official website for all BHS alumni.  Just because you do the updates and are the webmaster does not give you the right to put whatever you want on our website.  It doesn't belong to just you, it belongs to all BHS alumni.  I'm sure you wouldn't like it if the shoe was on the other foot; if I was the one who ran the website and posted links on it of my personal beliefs that might offend people.  That's why any website that is operated for the benefit of a group should be kept neutral and should contain information only pertaining to its purpose: in this case, BHS and its alumni.  A website belonging to all alumni, young and old, should be about BHS, alumni reunions, information about alumni, and anything else pertaining to alumni and the school.  Political statements, like the one about the ACLU, don't belong there.  The ACLU is a very controversial organization and people on both sides have very strong feelings about it.  It can be a very dividing subject in our country, and divisive material like that has no place on our alumni site. That website is there to represent all BHS alumni.  Do I have the choice not to click the link?  Yes, but that doesn't change the fact that the link has no business being there in the first place.  If this was your own website, there wouldn't be any argument because you can put anything on your own personal website that you desire.  Your personal beliefs about an organization like the ACLU, whether they're positive or negative, belong on your own personal website, not one that represents thousands of Brunswick alums.  Do I have a choice not to access the website?  Well, not really.  This is the one and only official site of all BHS alumni, it belongs to me just as much as it belongs to you, and if I ever want to view updates, check up on old friends, or find out information about my reunion, I need to access the website to do it.  This is not an argument of free speech or freedom of the press.  Free speech is great, but when you're running a website that literally belongs to and represents thousands of people, you have to represent them fairly and stick to the true purpose of the website, not use it as a vehicle to publish your own personal beliefs.  If I, or other alumns, wanted to see something degrading the ACLU we'd go look up a website that's meant for that, or trade emails with like-minded friends, and that would be fine.  A website like that has every right to exist.  I'm also not sure how you took my complaint to be a personal insult to your service in the military.  I didn't mention your service or anything about veterans.  Just because I happen to think the ACLU link on our website is inappropriate doesn't mean I'm against veterans or freedom of speech.
Again, thanks for hearing me out.  Like I told Brian, I appreciate you taking the time to run the site, I just happen to think that link on our site is inappropriate.

I will not respond

But as information I started this site in 1998.  There was no alumni site up until that time.  At this writing 10/5/2004,  there are 11,719 files and 507 folders on the site that I created and put there not anyone else.  A number of the subjects were requested by alumni as things they felt might be of interest. All the information concerning the alumni was volunteered by the individual alumni, submitted to me to put on the site that I created and have run from the beginning. I personally paid for the website when we were told we could no longer use the BHS server that some student hacked.  Later a few alumni and only a few, from the 40's and 50's helped to sponsor the site with their donations.

When I am ready to relinquish the site there is already someone ready to carry the torch.

John "Keeneye" Cunningham
By John Spitzer/1956

     One of the Brunswick High School and Military comrades has deceased, John "Keeneye" Cuningham would have been in the class of early 50's....Quit and joined the Navy and later transferred to the Air Force.....I would like to have his Obits posted.

     Are you able to access the Frederick Post for Obits? If they are not in Frederick he last resided in Goose Creek, SC 29445

Elaine (Lainey) Cummings

     So sad to tell you about the passing of our classmate Elaine (Lainey) Cummings Shoemaker on November 6, 2003.   It was her wish to not have an obituary published and Donna has honored that wish. 
     She has been incapacitated for many years with MS. 
She died in Morgantown, W. Va.  
     She has lived there for some time.  Her one child lives there and the other five are scattered around.  Lainey went to school in Brunswick for 10 or 11 years and then her parents built a home on the road from here to Lovettsville so she finished at Loudon County High.  When she first married she lived on the same road really close to her parents.
     Please advise any other classmates that is not reached by my emails.

Mr. Franklin Wenner
As originally published on Wednesday, September 3, 2003.

     Mr. Franklin "Frank" Thomas Wenner, 86, of 512 Brunswick St., Brunswick, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
     He was the husband of Anna Fisher Wenner, his wife of 59 years.
Born April 8, 1917, in Brunswick, he was a son of the late Ross L. Wenner and Helen Humphrey Wenner.
     He owned and operated Wenner's Barbershop, Brunswick, for 60 years.
He was a member of New York Hill United Methodist Church, Brunswick.
     He served in the U.S. Calvary at the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery under Gen. George Patton.
Surviving in addition to his wife are one daughter, Ruth Ann Arnold and husband Dan of Florida; three sons, Thomas F. Wenner and wife Belinda of Keedysville, David L. Wenner and wife Diane of Brunswick, and Kenneth E. Wenner and wife Lewann of Knoxville; three sisters, Lena Moler of Baltimore, and Mary Kearfott and Teenie Phillips, both of Brunswick; three brothers, Albert Wenner of Florida, Bob Wenner of Brunswick, and Dick Wenner of Virginia; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by a son, Michael L. Wenner; one sister, Lillian Rice; and three brothers, Charles Wenner, John Wenner and Douglas Wenner.
     The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at John T. Williams Funeral Home, 100 Petersville Road, Brunswick, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
     Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Clark D. Carr officiating.
Interment will be in Park Heights Cemetery, Brunswick.
     Memorial contributions may be made to Brunswick Ambulance Co., 200 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, Md. 21716

Charles Foreback
 Herald Mail July 24, 2003

FREDERICK, Md. - Charles "Juice" Foreback, 81, of 1100 Peach Orchard Lane, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at his home
     Born Dec. 17, 1921, in Brunswick, Md., he was the son of the late William H. and Adlai Willis Foreback.
He retired from the Town of Brunswick.
     He was of the Lutheran faith.
He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1582 of Brunswick; and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1136 of Brunswick
     He is survived by two sisters, Helen V. Minnick and Anna Dawson, both of Brunswick; two brothers, Robert Foreback of Round Hill, Va., and Donald Foreback of Houston; nieces; nephews and cousins.
   He was preceded in death by one brother, Howard Foreback.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at John T. Williams Funeral Home, Brunswick.

Mrs. Mary Watson
Wife of Harwood Watson (Watson 's Drug Store)
As originally published on Monday, July 7, 2003.

     Mrs. Mary Jane Hooper Watson, 89, of 3517 Petersville Road, Knoxville, died Thursday, July 3, at Vindobona Nursing Home, Braddock Heights.
     She was the wife of the late Brown Harwood Watson.
Born Feb. 20, 1914, in Yellow Springs, she was the daughter of the late Howard C. Hooper and Jane Crum Hooper Crummitt.   
     She was a retired registered nurse with Frederick Memorial Hospital.
She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Ladies Auxiliary of Eagles Aerie 1136, both of Brunswick, Brunswick Senior Citizens and Frederick Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She also volunteered with the American Red Cross.
     She is survived by one daughter, Ann Watson Griffis and husband Frankie of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; one son, Thomas B. Watson and wife Charlotte of Knoxville; six grandchildren, Stephanie Goss, Wade H. Watson, Bonnie Young, Kelly Watson Brown, Laura Hammett and Eric Griffis; and 12 great-grandchildren.
     A memorial service will be held Friday, July 11, at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, Brunswick, with the Rev. Frank E. Fortkamp officiating.
     Interment will be private.
Arrangements are by John T. Williams Funeral Home, 100 Petersville Road, Brunswick.
     Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 112 E. A St., Brunswick, Md., 21716 or to a charity of choice.

Mr. John Norris Non Alumni
Known and liked by many Alumni friends

As originally published on Wednesday, March 20, 2002.

      Mr. John L. "Johnny" Norris, 77, of 502 Brunswick St., Brunswick, died Monday, March 18, at his home.
He was the husband of LaRue Baker Norris.
     Born June 28, 1924, in Knoxville, he was a son of the late John P. and Alice Mae Nelson Norris.
Mr. Norris was a member of Petersville Lutheran Chapel.
     He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army in France and Germany.
Mr. Norris was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10421, Steadman-Keenan American Legion Post 96 and the Brunswick Museum, all of Brunswick.
     Mr. Norris was a musician and loved entertaining people throughout the area.
After retiring from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Mr. Norris enjoyed refinishing furniture for his friends and neighbors, and contributing to the community through volunteer work. He liked to fish on his boat with his grandchildren and friends.
     Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Judy Gardner and husband Eddie, and Mary Jane Petrucelli and husband Jim, all of Leesburg, Va.; three grandchildren, Trey Fields, and Troy Fields and wife Michelle of Leesburg, and Scott Dawson and wife Julie of Frederick; five great-grandchildren, Denny, Jonathan and Nicholas Dawson of Frederick, and Taylor Fields and Sabrina Fields of Leesburg; a stepgreat-granddaughter, Olivia Osbourne of Leesburg; one sister, Larayn Martin of Ijamsville, and several nieces and nephews.
     Mr. Norris will also be remembered by his many friends from VFW Post 10421.
The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at John T. Williams Funeral Home, 100 Petersville Road, Brunswick. The funeral home will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Faith Assembly of God Church, Souder Road and Md. 17, Brunswick, with the Rev. Carroll Boyer officiating. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Lovettsville, Va.
     Memorials may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, Md. 21702, or Petersville Lutheran Chapel, c/o Linda Morris, 4232 Gene Hemp Road, Jefferson, Md. 21755

 James Baker 
Did not graduate - Left early during  junior year 
Subj: Alumni Information
Date: 2/27/02 4:30:54 PM Eastern Standard Time

My last name is Baker
My First name is James
Grad Class: 1982
Nick Name or Maiden Name: Bake
Address Street: 515 East D Street
City: Brunswick, Md  21716
Marriage Status: Married

Phone: 301-834-7910

Spouse Name - Kristy
Children - 0

High School Residence: Same as now
Bob Davis
6/28/01 9:56:47 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From:  (Howard Cooper)

Good morning Curtis,  Just thought that I would let you know (should have done it before now) that an old BHS student Robert Franklin "Bob" Davis born Tuesday May 21, 1935  passed away Tuesday April 24, 2001 in Spring Lake, North Carolina, (Bob never graduated, if I remember correctly he quit in the 11th grade) he and I were very good friends in school and joined the United States Air Force together where he spent a full career and retired, he then worked for the town of Spring Lake where he retired a second time His Father was Leo "khaki" Davis and they lived in the town of Petersville, Maryland. Thought that you would like this info,
See ya,   Howard Murray Cooper

Howard did not graduate but would like to hear from former Classmates

My Name is Howard Holland
 Class 1962 - 1964

Street: Citizen's Nursing Home, 1900 Rosemont Avenue
City: Frederick
State: MD
Zip: 21702
Marriage Status: Single


High School Residence: I attended Brunswick H.S. from 1962 - 1964. I came to Citizen's Nursing Home because I had Bulbar Palsy.

Education - I attended Brunswick H.S. from 1962 - 1964.
After Graduation - Since leaving high school I worked at Jeanne Bussard for 30 years as as printer.
I am now here at Citizens Nursing Home because of the illness I had in school, which is called Bulbar Palsy. I have made alot of new friends but also miss all of you. I miss hearing and seeing all of you I would like to hear from you very much or have you visit me at Citizen's Nursing Home at 1900 Rosemont Ave., in Frederick

Mr. Leonard Wilhelm
As originally published on Monday, September 24, 2001.

     Mr. Leonard Paul Wilhelm, 75, of 203 E. F St., Brunswick, died Friday, Sept. 21, at his home following an extended illness.
He was the husband of Marie Wilhelm, his wife of 33 years.
     Born March 2, 1926, in Brunswick, he was the son of the late Luther Paul Wilhelm and Isadora Wilhelm Carter.
He attended Brunswick schools.
     He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He retired in 1988 from CSX Railroad as an engineer. He had previously worked at Fort Detrick for many years
     He was a member of Brunswick Moose Lodge 1582 and a lifetime member of American Legion Post 96.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Linda Katz and husband Dave of Albuquerque, N.M.; three sons, Neal Wilhelm of Brunswick, Phil Wilhelm of McCook, Neb., and Keith Wilhelm of Orlando, Fla.; a stepson, James Staples and wife Linda of Rohrersville; one sister, Virginia Persinger of Hagerstown; one brother, Raymond Wilhelm of Panama City Beach, Fla.; one half brother, Victor Carter and wife Vickie of Martinsburg, W.Va.; one brother-in-law, Richard Harris of Yellow Springs; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by one sister, Pauline Harris; and one brother-in-law, Harold Persinger.
There will be no viewing and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
     Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, Md. 21702; or to Brunswick Ambulance Co., 200 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, Md. 21716.
     Arrangements by John T. Williams Funeral Home, Brunswick.

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