Edgar Soistman, 68, bookbinding foremanEdgar Soistman of...

July 06, 1999

Edgar Soistman, 68, bookbinding foreman

Edgar Soistman of Middle River, who worked for nearly 50 years in book manufacturing, died June 29 of heart disease at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 68.

A private but jovial man, Mr. Soistman loved clowns and circuses. When he was young, he dressed as a clown and played drums for charitable causes. He collected more than 100 ceramic clowns.

FOR THE RECORD - Correction Edgar Soistman: Some survivors of Edgar Soistman were omitted and a sister, Irene Whitmire of Baltimore, was named incorrectly in an obituary published in yesterday's editions of The Sun. Mr. Soistman also is survived by two brothers, Albert Soistman of Baltimore and Dick Soistman of Maryland; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The Sun regrets the errors.

"He was a very happy person," said Alan J. Soistman, a son. "He has shelves and shelves of clowns."

The elder Soistman was a foreman for the bookbinders Moore and Co., having attended trade school there after finishing eighth grade in Baltimore public schools. When Moore and Co. closed in 1976, he worked for book manufacturers until he retired in 1993.

Mr. Soistman was cremated Thursday, and memorial services were held yesterday at Cremation and Funeral Alternatives on Green Pastures Drive in Towson.

His wife of many years, Edna Soistman, died in 1972. He is survived by Estell Czaplinski, his companion of 26 years; two sons, Kirk E. and Alan J. Soistman; three sisters, Joan Shurgart, Betty Rohe and Helen Whitmire; and his companion's children, Denny Schneehagen, Eddie Czaplinski, Cheryl Schneehagen, Robin Thurston and Debbie Sonntag. All are of Baltimore.

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