Daniel E. Desser, age 76, a life long resident of Erie Pa., passed away on December 2, 2013 at Golden Living Center Western Reserve. He was a devoted, loving husband, dedicated, supportive father and loyal friend. He was a member of St. Luke Church.
Daniel was born August 12, 1937, son of the late Edward and Della Rzodkiewicz Desser. He attended Holy Trinity Grade School, and was a graduate of Cathedral Prep and the Erie Business Center.
Dan played football for Cathedral Prep, lettering in his Junior and Senior seasons, and attained All City status in 1954. He was an avid sports fan who took great pride, pleasure and pain watching his sons play football, baseball, and basketball. He also served in the Army
Reserves honorably discharged in January of 1966. He was an avid bowler carrying on the "Peggy" family tradition at the Polish Falcons. He enjoyed a lifelong career in the automobile industry as a sales representative and General Manager for G.T.
Motorcar, at Acura of Erie, and Auto Cycle Inc. He retired in 2002.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Della. He is survived by Norma Nientimp Desser, his wife of 50 years, his sons Scott Desser of Erie, Dr. Dana Desser and Edward Desser of Florida. He is also survived by his Uncle Simon Dubik and his Aunt Louise Desser, in-laws George and Shirley Nientimp, Edward and Ann Nientimp, John and Joan Nientimp, Janet and Howard Sherr as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The Desser family extends special thanks to family and friends for their support, visits and prayers, especially to cousins Jim, Tom, and Bob Dubik and Ron Zatkiewicz. Special thanks to the staff and caregivers at Golden Living-Western and to the Asera Care Hospice.
Friends may call at the Carl A. Slomski & Son Funeral Home Inc. 2101 Ash St. Thursday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and may attend a service there Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Luke Church at 10 a.m.
Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Education Fund, Asera Care Hospice, or to Emmaus Soup Kitchen.