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Michael G. Delss dies at 52

Michael G. Delss, a materials coordinator for AAI Corp. and an avid fisherman and crabber, died Aug. 23 from complications of diabetes at his Essex home.

He was 52.

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Michael George Delss, the son of a brick mason and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Essex. He was a 1978 graduate of Kenwood High School.

"While he was in high school he worked as a brick mason with his father," said his wife of 14 years, the former Leslie Elaine Kolakowski.

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In 1985, Mr. Delss went to work for the Linen Locker as a distribution manager. Since 2005, he had been working as a materials coordinator of AAI Corp. in Cockeysville.

Mr. Delss, who had been diagnosed with diabetes in 1997, was on a medical disability leave at his death.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Delss enjoyed camping at Sandy Hill Camp Ground in Quantico, Worcester County, and fishing and crabbing in the Nanticoke River. He was also a NASCAR fan and was a heavy rock' n' roll fan.

"His favorite band was Metallica," his wife said.

Mr. Delss was a communicant of St. Clare Roman Catholic Church, 716 Myrtle Ave., Essex, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 10.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Delss is survived by his parents, George and Geraldine Delss of Essex; two stepsons, James Krasnansky and Robert Krasnansky, both of Elliott City; two brothers, Glenn Delss of Perry Hall and George Delss of Essex; two sisters, Kathy Hoffer and Susan Hoffer, both of Essex; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled James Krasnansky's name and listed the time of the memorial Mass. The Sun regrets the errors.

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