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Elizabeth Bronder


Elizabeth M. “Bettye” Wheatley Bronder, age 90, a loved and respected resident of The Neck District, Cambridge, passed away quietly at her home on Tuesday night, October 4, 2011.

Born in The Neck District on September 3, 1921, she was the last surviving child of Williams Steele Wheatley and Eva May Seward Wheatley.

Mrs. Bonder grew up in The Neck District, attended Hudson Elementary School and was a graduate of Cambridge High School, Class of 1939. She trained at Gallanger School of Nursing, a component of D.C. General Hospital, Washington, D.C. to earn her degree in nursing.

On April 26, 1944 she married John Edmund Bronder of Foley, MN at St. Dominic Hamilton Catholic Church in Baltimore. Mr. Bronder proceeded her in death on December 22, 1981.

Mrs. Bronder raised her family in Hyattsville (Defense Heights), a suburb in Maryland.

In 1973, she returned to The Neck District where she resided until her death.

Mrs. Bronder was a voracious reader, amateur poet, avid gardener, fearless cook and culinary adventurer.

She found great comfort in her religion. Mrs. Bronder was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Churches both in Hyattsville and Cambridge.

Surviving are four children Linda Creasy and her husband Dale of Lynwood, Illinois, John “Jack” Bronder, Jr. and his wife Diane of Hyattsville, MD, Paul Bronder of Bowie, MD and Mark Bronder of Cambridge, MD; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceeded in death by her granddaughter Kate Creasy; daughter-in-law Rosemary Nefos Bronder; three brothers Leonard Wheatley, Nelson Wheatley and Arthur Wheatley; and three sisters Evelyn Richardson, Virginia DeLong and Mildred Jarrett.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 15th at St. Mary, Refuge of Sinners Catholic Church, Glasgow Street and Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge, where the family will receive friends an hour prior to the service. A reception will follow the Mass in Minnette Dick Church Hall. Inurnment will be held privately in Greenlawn Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to Greenlawn Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, PO Box 1464, Cambridge, MD 21613; Friends of the Dorchester County Public Library, 303 Gay St., Cambridge, MD 21613; or The Neck District Volunteer Fire Dept., 954 Cooks Point Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613.

Arrangements are entrusted to Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge. To view online condolences, please visit www.curran-bromwell.com

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Mark & Family: Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know your mother has left a long lasting impression on the many people she came in contact with throughout the years. Over the years we have had the pleasure to experience some of the wonderful culinary delights she created. We know she will be missed.

Richardson Family Oct 13 2011 12:00 AM

Granny.. I will love u and miss u always! Kimmer

Kimberly Bronder Elliott Oct 12 2011 12:00 AM

Ms. Bettye, I never had the pleasure of meeting you in person, but from the way your family member spoke about you, I have missed out on one funny, independent, loving and blessed lady. You are home now and we await the day we will be with you again. Counting on you to watch over all of us left here on earth.

Sandra West Oct 10 2011 12:00 AM

Rest in peace Granny Betty you will be missed.

Dale+Laurie Creasy Oct 9 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Bronder Family: I am a Bible student who just happened to see the loss of Mrs. Bronder in the obituary today and I wanted to offer my condolences, after reading the obituary I can tell that she meant alot to your family, not only was she a wife, mother and grandmother, but she is also someone who will be missed dearly, I would like to share a brief scripture in the Bible to bring your family much needed comfort found at Revelation 21:3,4 which in part reads:"And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Again your family will be in my prayers, my sincere condolences.

Christine Jackson Oct 9 2011 12:00 AM

May God be with your family during this time of sorrow. I knew Mrs. Bronder from St. Mary of Cambridge and she was always a pleasant person to talk to after Mass. God Bless her.

Scottie Marshall Oct 9 2011 12:00 AM

Granny, You taught me so much. You were always so loving and kind, to everyone and everything - something I need to work on! I am so blessed that you were in my life for so long. I miss you - but know that you are where you wanted to be - with Poppa, Kate and Granny and the rest of your family. Enjoy your new life! Love You Always Jiller B

Jill Knott Oct 6 2011 12:00 AM