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Thomas Andrew Haselberger, 79, of LaVale, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at Devlin Manor Nursing Home.
Born Nov. 2, 1938, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Francis Emil and Nellie Susan (Harper) Haselberger.
He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Fritz Haselberger and Connie Smith.
Mr. Haselberger attended St. Mary's grade school and was a 1957 graduate of Fort Hill High School, where he played on the football team. He was a newspaper boy for many years and belonged to Potomac District, Boy Scouts of America where he earned his Eagle Scout and was an Assistant Scout Master at Camp Potomac.
Mr. Haselberger was employed as a glass cutter at PPG company from 1964 to 1974. He served in the U.S. Navy for 31 years as a Chief Petty Officer, First Class, including service at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He also served sea duty on seven warships including the attack aircraft carrier, USS Constellation. He received numerous awards and decorations during his time of service including two Gold Stars, three Naval Achievements, six Good Conduct Medals, two Naval Reserve Meritorious Service, two National Defense Service, Armed Forces Expeditionary, Armed Forces Reserve, Expert Rifleman and Navy Pistol Shot with Expert Device.
Mr. Haselberger was an avid reader, swimmer and Redskins fan and a 50-gallon blood donor for the Red Cross. He belonged to Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, S.S. Peter & Paul Shrine.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Catherine L. Haselberger; two daughters, Kimberly Marie Haselberger and Mary Beth Dowd and husband, Joseph; his granddaughter, Samantha Riley Dowd; two brothers, Mark and David Haselberger; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David and Nancy Dressman, Larry and JoAnn Dressman, Frank and Judy Dressman, and Joan Haselberger; and very special friends and neighbors, Diane Lehr, Larry Carabine, Frank Bowers, and Darlene Murphy.
The family extends a warm, heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and nursing assistants at Western Maryland Medical Center, PCU, for the excellent care given to Tom the last several weeks. Although he was at Devlin Manor for a short time, we would like to thank the staff, Pam Nixon and Dr. William Lamm who provided great comfort and support. In addition, many thanks to Dr. Muhammad Naeem, Dr. George Pelligrino, Dr. Stanley Matyasik, Dr. N.P. Saheta and Dr. A.K. Singh for taking such good care of Tom through the years.
Friends will be received at Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene St., Cumberland, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at S.S. Peter & Paul Shrine on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at 1 p.m.
Interment will be in Maryland State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap, where military honors will be accorded by Ft. Cumberland Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to S.S. Peter & Paul Shrine, 300 E. Old town Road, Cumberland, MD 21502 or to the Potomac District BSA, 14416 McMullen Highway SW, Cumberland, MD 21502.
Published on January 30, 2018
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