Steve W. Berbes
Steve W. Berbes, a retired inspector with the Glenn L. Martin Co., died Tuesday of pancreatitis at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 73.
The longtime resident of Essex joined Martin, the Middle River aviation company, in 1939 as an assembly line worker and retired in 1979 as an inspector in the company's aerospace division. His work often took him to the company's Utah test site, according to Pete Berbes, a brother, who lives in Highlandtown.
Born and reared on Oldham Street in Highlandtown, the son of Greek immigrants, Mr. Berbes attended city schools and was a 1939 graduate of the old Vocational Technical School, then on Howard Street.
During World War II, he served as a bombardier with the Army Air Corps in the European Theater and was discharged in 1945.
He enjoyed making ceramic ducks and taking bus trips to the nTC Atlantic City casinos and planted a vegetable garden annually. He was active in American Legion Post No. 148.
In addition to his brother, survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Angela Wroblewski; a son, Steve Berbes Jr. of Baltimore; and two other brothers, Ernest Berbes of Baltimore and Gus Berbes of Harrisonburg, Va.
Services were held Friday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church with interment in Holly Hill Memorial Gardens.
Elizabeth Kennedy, an exercise rider, was killed June 22 at Laurel Race Course when a thoroughbred horse she was exercising stumbled and fell on top of her. She was 42.
Katy Voss, 45, a trainer for 25 years for whom Ms. Kennedy had worked for the past 15 months, said, "She had worked around race tracks for over 20 years and was very experienced. . . . She was a good friend and was loved by my whole crew."
Ms. Voss said Ms. Kennedy, of Towson, was "hard-working, well-known and well-thought-of."
Born and reared in Timonium, Ms. Kennedy was a 1968 graduate of Dulaney High School. "Since she was a little kid, she loved horses," said her sister, Robin Ehman of Jarrettsville. She began working on horse farms near Monkton when she was 17, her sister said.
In addition to her sister, survivors include a son, John W. Kennedy of Towson; her mother, Marilyn Nagle of Key West, Fla.; and her close friend, Charles Linton of Towson.
Memorial donations may be made to the Maryland Horsemen's Assistance Fund Inc., 6314 Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore 21207.
Funeral services were held June 27 at Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home with interment in Druid Ridge Cemetery.