Earl Joseph Fessler

Seattle, Washington


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Earl Joseph FESSLER October 13, 1936 ~ May 25, 2011 Earl is survived by his loving wife Barbara Thompson Fessler, his children Dianne Fessler, Jeff Fessler and Mark Fessler, and his sister Lea Schlaefer and brother Harvey Fessler. Earl had an adventurous life full of travel, boating, and family...

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Dear Barbara, Dianne, Mark & Jeff,

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your Husband / Father.
Earl’s obituary is a testament to a well-lived life.

I am the youngest of Earl’s many cousins (born October, 1946); Mother Helen Fessler – sister to Anthony Peter Fessler. You may not recall my visit around Memorial Day weekend 1973, but I certainly do! It was my first visit to Seattle – visiting a Peace Corps friend. Barbara, you & Earl &...

Dear Barbara,Dianne,Mark,Jeff, and Lea,and Harvey. I just returned from Northern Wisconsin and found out about Earl's passing. Earl was one of the cousins all born in the same years of 1935/36 in the Fessler family. I am from the Genevieve Fessler/Mayer family born in November of 1935. We were all depression babies. We shared a marvelous heritage From that family, above all else we shared a commoness of caring and gratefulness for such wonderful cousins. We, Tom and Ceil Mayer extend our...

Dear Barbara, Dianne, Mark, Jeff, Lea and Harvey...

I am very sorry for your loss. As one of his youngest Fessler cousins I remember his love of the water. When I was little my Mom and Pop, Arthur and Genevieve Mayer (Genevieve Fessler) would visit with Uncle Pete and Aunt Edna at their home near Lake Michigan in Milwaukee and I would accompany them. Uncle Pete and Aunt Edna were very proud of Earl and his accomplishments. Surely he will be missed by all.


Dear Barbara, Dianne, Mark & Jeff, I am so sorry for your loss. Earl was a great man, and a very kind soul. I was so lucky to have known him and spent time on the waters with him. Your whole family has a special place in my heart! Peace be with you.

Dear Barbara and family; Harvey and Lea,
You are all in our hearts and prayers at your time of great loss. I remember Earl as a young man living at home in Milwaukee. I knew then of his love of the water. As a younger cousin, I remember his smile warmth and the time he took to explain his boat and love of sailing. Oh, how you must miss him. God be with you all. I will donate to Dr. Kate Hospice/Arbor Vitae, WI in Earl's name.

Barb and children, I wish to offer my deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband/father. I haven't seen Earl in many, many years. He was my cousin but I have never met any of you. I have vague memories of visiting his parents, Uncle Pete and Aunt Edna, along with Harvey and Lea when they lived on the south side of Milwaukee.My prayers are with you all.
Rosemary (Resch) Nothem

Barbara and family; Harvey and Lea;
Our prayers and sympathy are with you as you celebrate the extraordinary life of Earl. I had few occasions to see him after graduating together from MU in 1958, but his activities at work at home on on the water were mentioned often by my Aunt Edna and by Lea. His example of God and family and dedication to his career make him a great role model for me and for others.


Cousin Gene Miller and Rosemary

Dear Barbara and Family,
Earl's Dad was my mother's brother. She was Helen Fessler. I lived with Earl and his birth family for about six months in 1945 when my mom was ill and always remember that I had a bedtime the same as his - and I was older:-(( When I married, I moved away from Wisconsin - in the opposite direction as Earl and your family (Pennsylvania). Always being in contact with Lea, I knew your family travelled over much of our world.
I am so very sorry for your...

I first met Earl when he was working for Hamilton Standard and I was working at Boeing. Then later when he worked at Boeing, I had occasion to work with him.

He was a good person, and a good engineer. I didn't know him socially, only professionally, but had the highest regard for him.