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Virgil O. Webb

Bethlehem Steel worker


Virgil O. Webb, who worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. at Sparrows Point for more than 20 years, died Wednesday at Mercy Medical Center after a long illness. He was 78.

A utilities worker for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. from 1945 to 1955, Mr. Webb left to work for Bethlehem Steel. He retired in 1978.


Mr. Webb, who was known to relatives and friends as "Mike," attended Baltimore City public schools. In 1943, he and Lillian Mae Smith were married.

Services were to be held at noon today at March Funeral Home West, 4300 Wabash Ave.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Paul A. Webb Sr., Julius C. Webb and Francis A. Webb; eight daughters, Grace Webb, Lillian M. James, Marian Y. Noakes, Vera L. Jester, Denise Delvison, Darlene Cain, Myra A. Wilson and Kim S. Webb; a brother, Edmond Webb; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. All are of ++ Baltimore.

Douglas R. Evering

Computer-aided designer

Douglas Richard Evering, a materials engineer and computer-aided designer, died Thursday of a seizure and heart failure at a friend's home in Baltimore. He was 37.

Mr. Evering, a Woodlawn resident since 1987, had worked on computer-based technical drawings since the mid-1980s.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mr. Evering was a materials engineer for the Boeing Co. Military Airplane Division in Wichita, Kan., then a metallurgist for Cessna Aircraft Co., also in Wichita. Mr. Evering was co-author of a paper on metallurgy and aircraft engineering.


Born in Baltimore, Mr. Evering was a 1975 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He studied materials engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, earning a bachelor's degree in 1978. He also took graduate courses in engineering at Wichita State University and earned a computer-aided design computer-aided manufacturing certificate at Catonsville Community College.

Mr. Evering was active in his college fraternity, Theta Xi. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club in Wichita and the club's Circle K volunteer group in college.

He was an enthusiastic walker and enjoyed playing chess and rooting for the Orioles.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Mr. Evering is survived by his parents, Mary Lee and George C. Evering Sr. of Baldwin; a brother, George C. Evering Jr. of Belcamp; and a sister, Gwendolyn Ann Baker of Fallston.

Selma B. Hamburger


Founded dental company

Selma Bachrach Hamburger, who fled Nazi Germany and opened a dental supply company in Baltimore, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at her home in Punta Gorda, Fla. She was 94.

Born and reared in Munich, she escaped Germany in 1938 with her husband, Joseph Hamburger, an electrical engineer, and immigrated to Baltimore where she had relatives. Most of her family in Germany was lost during the Holocaust.

In the early 1940s, she founded the Hamburger Dental Supply Co. which she operated until 1957.

She and her husband, a senior engineer at Westinghouse, lived in Harundale in Glen Burnie for 22 years before moving to Florida after his retirement in 1968. He died in 1977.

She enjoyed raising cocker spaniels, listening to classical music and mountain climbing and skiing.


According to her wishes, her body was cremated and her ashes placed in the Peace River near Punta Gorda where a memorial service will be held Oct. 23.

She had no survivors.

Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Bernadette M. Raspa

Insurance supervisor

Bernadette Majors Raspa, a supervisor for an insurance company, died Sept. 23 of cancer at her home in Rosedale. She was 50.


Born and reared in Highlandtown, where she received her education, she married Francis P. Raspa, an electrical contractor, in 1960. The couple settled in Essex and later moved to Rosedale, where Mrs. Raspa was a homemaker.

She started her insurance career in 1981, and, in 1984, joined the Hunt Valley insurance firm of Kelly-Murray, where she was working as senior underwriting supervisor at the time of her death.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, 600 S. Conkling St., Highlandtown.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Francis P. Raspa Jr. of White Marsh; two daughters, Lisa and Gina Raspa, both of Rosedale; three brothers, Leo Majors of Danville, Calif., Michael Majors of Boston and Paul Majors of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and her mother, Margaret Majors of Highlandtown.

Roy Walter Burt, 37, a U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant and explosives specialist who grew up in Prince George's County, was killed Wednesday in an accidental explosion at Fort A. P. Hill, Va.

He had been a Marine for 16 years, having earlier served three years in the Army as nurse. He lived in Beltsville as a child, graduating from High Point High School in 1975, later earning a bachelor's degree from Campbell University.


Services will be held at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery. Survivors include his mother, attorney Marianna I. Burt of Baltimore; his father, Dr. Gordon W. Burt of Norfolk, Va.; and a sister, Ariane Lyons of Sacramento, Calif.