Rosemary D. Schisler, 75, former seafood store...

September 19, 1999

Rosemary D. Schisler, 75, former seafood store owner

Rosemary DiPaula Schisler, retired owner of S. DiPaula & Sons Seafood & Produce, a wholesale and retail seafood business in Rosedale, died from apparent cardiac failure Thursday at her home in Essex. She was 75.

For more than 50 years, Mrs. Schisler was a daily presence in the store, which her grandfather, Salvatore, opened early in the century. Her son, Thomas E. Schisler Jr. of Baltimore, took over the business when she retired in 1986.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, she attended St. Paul's Catholic School and graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame in 1942. Throughout her youth, Mrs. Schisler was an avid horseback rider.

After high school, she worked briefly at the old Gunther Brewery Co., where she met her husband of 45 years, Thomas E. Schisler Sr., who died in 1991.

During her tenure as owner of and bookkeeper for the seafood store, she was a member of the Baltimore County Beverage Association, the Maryland Retail Food Dealers Association and the Maryland Restaurant Association.

Mrs. Schisler belonged to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in the 1700 block of Eastern Ave., where services will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow. She will be buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery in the 7200 block of Eastern Ave.

In addition to her son, she is survived by her daughter, Patricia Engleman of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

William Herbert Knopfle, 82, marine engineer, sailor

William Herbert Knopfle, one of the founders of the Silver Spring-based engineering consulting firm Noonan, Knopfle & Feldman, died Friday at North Arundel Hospital of heart failure. He was 82.

For most of his professional life, Mr. Knopfle worked as an engineer for the federal government, researching ways to make submarines and surface ships quieter.

Born in New York City, he received his bachelor of electrical engineering degree from The Cooper Union Institute for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1938.

He worked at the New York Naval Shipyard from 1938 until 1963, when he transferred to the Naval Ship Research and Development Center -- now known as the David Taylor Research Center -- in Annapolis. Mr. Knopfle retired as head of the Machinery Noise Branch in 1973.

He helped found Noonan, Knopfle & Feldman in 1953.

After the death of his first wife, Agnes Leslie Knopfle, Mr. Knopfle married his second wife, the former Gertrude "Trudy" Wuestefeld, in 1948. They were married for 50 years before her death last year.

He enjoyed cruising the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in his 44-foot wood cabin cruiser, "Sonsie II." He had lived in Annapolis since 1963.

Mr. Knopfle was a member of St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Annapolis, the St. Martin's Retiree Club, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Naval Engineers.

He is survived by four children, Nancy Earley of Glen Burnie, Elizabeth Hedges of Knoxville, Md., Paul Knopfle of Hampton, Va., and Eleanor Knopfle-Lamartin of West Chester, Pa.; one sister, Beatrice Zimmer of Sun City, Ariz.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Annapolis.

Contributions may be made to The Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Square, New York, N.Y. 10003- 7120, or St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Memorial Fund, 1120 Spa Road, Annapolis 21403.

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