Michael Alster

Michael Scott Alster

Thursday, May 2nd, 1968 - Tuesday, August 13th, 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.

Memorial 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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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home Hampstead
    934 South Main Street
    HAMPSTEAD, MD 21074
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  • Service

    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 16th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Bartholomew Catholic Church
    2930 Hanover Pike
    MANCHESTER, MD 21102
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    Father Michael Roach
  • Interment

    St Abraham's Cemetery
    4029 Beckleysville Rd
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Private Condolence

Sue Riddle Miller

Posted at 04:59pm
My deepest sympathies to the family. I just found out and missed the service, but want you to know that he was one of my favorite customers and I enjoyed our conversations and hearing about the family while I cut his hair. He will absolutely be missed!!
Sue / Hampstead Barber Shop

be missed.
Sue / Hampstead Barber Shop

Sandy L

Posted at 11:26am
I was very saddened to find out about your loss. My prayers are with your family.

manju bhargava

Posted at 04:23pm
My deepest condolences, I am an UPSER Manju Bhargava from Wayne New Jersey, in the Billing QA team. Mike was an excellent architect, considerate and most respectful individual. Worked with him on couple of projects, however his demeanor and approach made him the go to person. Will definitely miss him may his soul rest in peace.

Prashanth Dayanand

Posted at 11:30am
My deepest sympathies to Mike's family during your time of loss. Mike will always be in our hearts and memories forever. May Mike rest in peace

Danielle Speaks-Lewis

Posted at 09:08am
Greetings to Mike's dear family and friends! I worked with Mike at UPS for many years and we worked together on many projects. He was always a calm, gentle presence even during some of the most trying times, and I will always remember him and appreciate him for that. Mike was truly a light at UPS, always positive, and he is so greatly missed! It is hard to believe that he will not be returning. My deepest condolences and prayers are for his loved ones. May your hearts find peace and comfort during this most difficult time! God bless you all. -Danielle Speaks-Lewis

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