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Michael J. Fischer

Michael J. Fischer

Michael James Fischer

OCEAN CITY — Michael James Fischer, age 47, of Ocean City and formerly of Hancock, Md., passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Laurelwood Care Center in Elkton, Md.

He was born in Hagerstown, Md. on July 25, 1966 to the late Paul and Mary Jo (Warner) Fischer.

Michael loved the outdoors. He worked outdoors, owning a successful landscaping business he started after finishing college at Salisbury State University. He played outdoors, fishing and boating on the water, snowboarding in the winter and riding motocross at every opportunity.

He is survived by his fiancé and companion, Leanne Matikonis; children, Vienna and Tyler Fischer; a sister, Kim Kesecker and her husband Eddie; nieces, Adrianne and Melissa; and many friends whom loved him and he loved dearly.

All services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Letters of condolences and encouragement for the children would be greatly appreciated. To send condolences visit www.rtfoard.com


Elsie L. Chester

Elsie L. Chester

Elsie Louise Chester

BERLIN — Elsie Louise Chester, age 77, died Tuesday July 8, 2014, at her home in Berlin.

Born in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Arthur E and Elsie Mae Ricketts Clements. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Chester; a son, Franklin Clements; and a daughter, Evelyn Chester.

She is survived by her children, Tom Clements and his wife Kelly of Stella, N.C., Curtis Goodman, Sr. and his wife Sharon of Berlin, Catherine Smith and her husband Paul of Laurel, Md., Linda Herbert of Berlin, and Glory Bunting and her husband John also of Berlin. She was an adored grandmother to 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her brother, William Ricketts of Arlington, Va., and sister Barbara Jean Knight of Penta Gorda, Fla.

Mrs. Chester had been a daycare provider. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing and beading and was a collector of beanie babies and clowns. Most of all she loved her children and many grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, Md. Rev. John Abent officiated. A donation in her memory may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804. Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com


Joseph N. Gismondi

Joseph N. Gismondi

Joseph Nicholas Gismondi

PARSONSBURG — Joseph Nicholas Gismondi, 84, of Parsonsburg, passed away on July 8, 2014 at Coastal Hospice At The Lake.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Nicholas Joseph Gismondi and Stella Cich Gismondi.

He worked in the automobile parts business for 60 years, including being a sales manager for the former Manlove Automotive and retiring from Pasco, Inc. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1955. He dearly loved his family and especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Agnes Cantlay Gismondi; four children, Nancy Pagano (Ron) of Delmar, Beth M. Gismondi of Ocean Pines, Anne G. Savage (William) of Salisbury and Nicholas W. Gismondi of Parsonsburg; six grandchildren, Sarah E. Newhouse of Philadelphia, Pa., Tessa M. Cauley (Jeff) of Parkville, Md., Joseph L. Newhouse of Collingswood, N.J., Kelly E. Wells (David) of Mardela Springs, Nicholas W. Gismondi of Salisbury and Cole J. Gismondi of Parsonsburg; two great grandchildren, Chloe Cauley and Connor Wells; a sister, Gloria Calvano of Salisbury; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Teresa Ferrara.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Officiating will be a very dear friend of the family, Rev. Dr. Mary Dennis.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Holly Center Foundation, 926 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21804 and or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802.

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Christopher Patrick Doyle

BERLIN — On July 8, 2014, Christopher Patrick Doyle, of Berlin, died.

He was the beloved son of Deborah (Silk) and the late Edward V. Doyle, Jr., caring brother of Courtney Agnoli and Sean Doyle.

Mr. Doyle is also survived by many aunts, uncle, cousins and friends.

Friends may call at Slack Funeral Home, P.A., 3871 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md., on Friday July 11, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday July 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 3175 Paulskirk Drive, Ellicott City, Md. 21042.

Please omit flowers. Donations may be made in Chris’ honor at www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/in-loving-memory-of-chris-doyle/201320 or to NAMI, PO Box 62596, Baltimore, Md. 21264.  Please see www.slackfuneralhome.com for online condolences and directions.



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John Kenneth Behrens OCEAN PINES — John Kenneth Behrens, 81, of Ocean Pines, passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, he was the son of the late John Behrens and Gabrielle French Behrens. “Ken” was a devoted owner and operator of Jean & Ken’s Garden Center in Salisbury … Continue reading

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Charles William Grinath BERLIN — Charles William Grinath, 66, of Powellville passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in his home. He was born in Baltimore on Nov. 5, 1947 to the late Lillian Mae and Charles W. Grinath. After Charlie graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in … Continue reading