Emil Kasper

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Emil Kasper

FRUITLAND, MD-Emil Kasper died at home with his devoted wife by his side on October 12, 2013, in peace and dignity under the loving care of the staff of Coastal Hospice.

He was born on September 23,1937, to Mary and Adam Kasper of Freeland, Pa. Emil was the son of a coal miner who lived his life as a hardworking, honest and generous man. His wry sense of humor was evident to all who knew him.

Emil earned a degree Drafting and Design Technology from Penn State and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova. He served six years in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

He and his wife JoAnn were married fifty-two years. He is survived by a daughter Kathryn Cashman and her husband Thomas with children, Patrick, Andrew and Emily of Ocean Pines ,MD; a daughter Lisa Davidson and her husband Ewan with sons Jack and Adam of Wraxall, England.; and daughter in-law Martha Kasper and daughter Tara of Lansdale, PA. A son Richard preceded him in death.

During his employment years, Emil worked as a Plant, Conceptual and Project engineer in the Philadelphia area primarily in the paper and steel industries. He came with his family to the Eastern Shore in 1997 where they joined talents to open Family Tree Gardens in Berlin. Because of a route 113 change in Worcester County, he was forced into retirement in 2003.

Emil was a talented model railroader with a passion for trains since childhood. He also possessed a green thumb and loved nature.

After open heart surgery, Emil became active in our local Mended Hearts chapter and was on the visiting team at Peninsula Regional Medical Center for six years; a ministry he enjoyed.

Emil had a keen interest in all life had to offer and was a devoted companion and friend to JoAnn-they were rarely seen apart.

His generosity continues after death as he donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board. After fifteen years of his disease, he hoped that someone may benefit from his donation.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Frances De Sales Catholic Church on November 5,2013 at 11am. The mass will be celebrated by his cousin, Fr. Thomas Clifford, S.J.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury ,MD 21802.

"We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learned to bear it's ills, without being overcome by them". Juvenal

Published in The Daily Times on Oct. 17, 2013
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