Joseph Mark Fetsch, Sr., 94, a resident of Glen Burnie and formerly of Severna Park and Pasadena, died February 28 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie due to complications from a stroke. He was born on June 5, 1918 in Baltimore and was raised in Catonsville. He graduated from Catonsville High School in 1936. He served as Staff Sgt. in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a waist gunner of the 306 Bomb Group, the Bombers to first fly over Germany. Joe worked as a painting contractor for over 50 years. He was a member of the VFW in Brooklyn. He was an avid golfer and in his youth he caddied at Rolling Road Golf Club. Joe enjoyed sports and was a Baltimore Orioles and Ravens fan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elva Davis Fetsch, who died in 1968; his parents, Birdie and Henry Fetsch; and six siblings, Henry Fetsch, Anne Molesworth, Margaret Einstein, Edward Fetsch, Mary Fetsch, and Theresa Menefee. He is survived by his son, Joseph M. Fetsch, Jr. of Glen Burnie; three daughters, Deborah J. Chalk of Glen Burnie, Margaret J. Fetsch of Severn, and Suzanne L. Rzepkowski of Severn; and three grandsons, Scott Chalk, Jerry and Mark Rzepkowski. A Memorial Gathering will be held from 12 noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park. A Service by the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be held 1:30 p.m., Saturday. Interment will be in Baltimore National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 601 E. Patapsco Ave., Baltimore, MD 21225. Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital and the Maryland Gazette on Mar. 6, 2013