George Karl Berberich Sr., a retired hospital engineer who loved the sea, died of complications from a stroke Aug. 20 at his North Baltimore home. He was 88.
Mr. Berberich was born and raised in Hamilton and graduated in 1935 from Polytechnic Institute.
During World War II, he enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserve and worked during the war in the drafting department of the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, and at Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. and the Western Electric Co.
During the late 1940s and 1950s, Mr. Berberich worked in the service departments of Chesapeake Cadillac Co. and Brooks Buick.
In the early 1960s, he changed careers when he became plant operations supervisor for Manor Care in Ruxton, and later held a similar job at the John L. Deaton Medical Center at the Inner Harbor, from which he retired in 1981.
Mr. Berberich was an accomplished cabinetmaker and boatbuilder. He also was a collector of Baltimore mementoes, including books and photographs, model trains, clocks, pocket watches, stamps and coins.
He also collected books on the Navy and ships.
"At his funeral, we sang his favorite hymn, "Eternal Father, Strong to Save," which is the Navy hymn," said a daughter, Katherine B. Siemek of Timonium.
He was a member of the Chesapeake Area Society for Hospital Engineers, the Boumi Temple and the Warren Lodge No. 51.
He was a communicant of St. John's Huntingdon Episcopal Church, in Waverly, where he had been junior warden, treasurer and a vestryman.
Services were held Thursday at Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Cedarcroft.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Nannette Trott; a son, George K. Berberich Jr. of Baltimore; two other daughters, Susan Sparenberg and A. Elizabeth Smith, both of Rodgers Forge; and three granddaughters.