Dr. Alois E. Maresch, 89

Dr. Alois E. Maresch, 89, died unexpectedly in Germany after a brief illness on Sept. 16, 2006.

He was born March 8, 1917, in Teschen, Austria. He loved sports and participated in whitewater kayaking in the 1936 Olympics. He was the third generation to study medicine in Vienna and, after the war, finished his medical degree in Munich. He came to the U.S. in 1952 and after a few difficult years, settled in Lewes and worked at Beebe Medical Center. He married and had three children.

In 1958 Maresch designed and opened his own office in Dagsboro, where he worked and lived until 1974. He loved being a physician and was always available to his patients. In 1971 he married Birgitta Wolf in Munich, Germany, and after 1974 they resided in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he started a senior physician group and was very active in a local hospital. In 1977 he moved to Pompano Beach, Fla., and divided his time between there and Germany. He loved his long walks on the beach and hiking and walking in the mountains of Germany. He enjoyed music and dancing until the very end.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Birgitta; his daughter Heidi and son-in-law George; grandsons, Christian and Carsen; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his two sons, Reiner and Norbert.

A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church, at the corner of King Charles Avenue and Laurel Street, Rehoboth Beach, with interment at Prince George’s Cemetery, Dagsboro.