Michael Alster
1968 - 2019
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Michael Scott Alster, 51, of Hampstead, passed away on August 13, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family, following a 19 month battle with glioblastoma. Born May 2, 1968 in New Jersey, he was the son of Stanley Jay Alster and Ann Lynn Sutton Alster of Gaithersburg, MD. He was the husband of Elizabeth "Beth" Diem Alster, his loving wife of 27 years. Michael earned his bachelors degree at Towson University. He was employed as an application architect in information technology for United Parcel Service for 29 years. His wife and five children were his primary focus. He was a 4-H leader, woodworker, beekeeper and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a culture and food enthusiast. He was a communicant of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Manchester, MD. Surviving, in addition to his wife and parents, are his four sons, Braedon Alster and his fiance Emily Rosenthal of Westminster, MD, Ethan Alster and his girlfriend Caroline Walsh, Elliott Alster, and Owen Alster, all of Hampstead; daughter, Lillian Alster of Hampstead; sister and brother-in-law, Melissa and Andrew Hyman of Boyds, MD; father and mother-in-law, Albert and Ann Diem of Manchester, MD; in-laws and their spouses, Cathy and Chip Mathews of Phoenix, MD, Carolyn and Chuck Yeager of Manchester, Tricia and Jeff Tomlinson of Ellicott City, MD, Laura and Michael Wolf of Manchester, MD, John and Trasa Diem of Dickinson, ND, and William and Cecilia Diem of Littlestown, PA. Also surviving are 28 nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Thursday, August 15, 2019, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at ELINE FUNERAL HOME, 934 South Main Street, Hampstead. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 2930 Hanover Pike, Manchester with his pastor, the Rev. Michael Roach as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Abraham's Cemetery, Hampstead. Memorials contributions may be sent to the Pregnancy Support Center of Carroll County, 95 Carroll Street, Westminster, MD 21157 or the Building Fund of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, P.O. Box 448, Manchester, MD 21102.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Aug. 14, 2019.
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August 26, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family of Michael Alster. May you be comforted in knowing that our Heavenly Father cares for you. He will give you strength and courage to cope with your grief. Psalm 94:17-19
N. S.
August 21, 2019
I am very sorry to hear about Mikes passing, may the family have the strength to get through this difficult time.
He was my mentor at UPS and an excellent person. I always look up to him, and he always guided me patiently with a smile. I had not met him for some time now, since I relocated, but was looking forward to meeting him when I visited Maryland ... hell be sorely missed ...
Nitin Singhal
Coworker
August 21, 2019
Very sad to hear that Mike is no more with us. My heart felt condolences and prayers for the departed soul and his family.
Baby Raman
Coworker
August 20, 2019
I just heard today from a friend about Mike's passing. I worked with him at UPS, and he was the best. He always had a smile, a ready explanation, and time to help. A true gentleman. I will miss him. My condolences to everyone in his family.
Martha McCullough
August 17, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 17, 2019
So sorry to learn of Michael's passing. I just learned at Mass tonight....Such a young soul and a beautiful life...my sincere condolences to his beautiful family.
May perpetual lite shine on him...RIP dear soul.
Karol Griffin
August 17, 2019
Our sincere condolences. He was a good man, taken untimely.
Connie & Bill Marshner
August 16, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family of Michael Alster. May you be comforted in knowing that our Heavenly Father cares for you. He will give you strength and courage to cope with your grief. Psalm 94:17-19
N. S.
August 16, 2019
We think of you constantly. Michael is now healed and living in the Light of God. We pray for good and healing grief for each of you. Love, Tom and Kath Shelton
Tom shelton
August 15, 2019
Beth, words cannot express our sadness. May the comfort of God help you and your family through this difficult time. Keeping all of you in our prayers.

Our deepest sympathy,
The Bolanders
August 15, 2019
Beth, We are so very saddened by your loss dear friend. You and your family have been and continue to be in our prayers. Joe & Kathy
Kathy Cornell
August 15, 2019
So sad to hear - my condolences go out to his family and friends. I worked with Mike at UPS. He was really smart, patient, kind and had a great sense of humor. I really enjoyed working with him and will miss seeing him around the office. He was such a positive person and fun to have a laugh with. I'm thankful I got to meet him.
Missy Azen
August 15, 2019
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August 15, 2019
Dear Beth & Family~~~
You all are in our thoughts & prayers.
May God give you all a feeling of peace during this sad sad time.
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August 15, 2019
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August 14, 2019
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