Dr. Elmaslias's Story
CUMBERLAND Dr. Elmaslias "Elm" Menchavez died on Saturday, Feb. 17, shortly after celebrating his 72nd birthday. He was beloved and respected by his family, friends, and colleagues for a life defined by compassion, integrity, and a deep commitment to provide care and healing to the many children in Western Maryland.
Elmaslias Menchavez was born Feb. 16, 1946, in Cebu, Philippines, son of Celestino and Transfiguracion Menchavez. He received his medical degree from the Cebu Institute of Medicine in 1969 and continued with his medical training as a resident in Pediatrics and Neonatology at Newark Beth- Israel Hospital in Newark, N.J. before moving to Fairmont, W.Va., and finally settling with his family in Cumberland, in 1976. Elm's passion was to provide the best medical care to the children of the area. He was truly committed to his profession and respected the responsibility it entailed.
He started his medical practice which has grown to almost five thousand current patients. He has served as past president of the Allegany County Medical Society, member of Medical Chirurgical and past chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Western Maryland Health System. He was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish. He loved music, movies, dancing, being close to the water, and fishing. His most recent passion was volunteering as the mission coordinator and website manager for the Bisaya Medical Organization, an organization whose mission is to provide "scholarship to deserving medical students in the Philippines and help provide care to the needy and impoverished people in the Philippines."
Elmaslias is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Anastacio and wife, Minerva.
He is survived by his wife, Charito "Chit" Menchavez; children, Dr. Celestino "Chel" Menchavez and wife, Melissa and by Christian Menchavez and wife, Anna, along with his grandchildren Sarah, Chloe, and Ian.
Family will receive friends at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 15205 McMullen Hwy SW, Cresaptown, on both Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Christian Wake will follow on Friday at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Shrine of SS. Peter and Paul, Cumberland, on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Bisaya Medical Organization (http://www.bisayamedical.org/donate.html), and the Maryland American Academy of Pediatrics Foundation (http://www.mdaap.org/), servicing children's health needs in the state of Maryland.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com
Published on February 20, 2018