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Edward J. Fetzko
of Binghamton
Edward "Ed" Joseph Fetzko, 69, of Binghamton, went home to our Lord on Monday, November 2, 2009, at Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI. Ed was hospitalized while visiting his son Mark in Madison in mid-October. He had battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma valiantly for nearly ten years. Ed was born May 5, 1940 in Shamokin, PA, a son of the late Thomas and Mary (Bednarczyk) Fetzko. Ed was a member of the Shamokin High School Class of 1958, and a graduate of Bloomsburg State and Cortland State Universities. A mathematics teacher for 36 years, Ed retired in June 1998 from Chenango Forks High School. In addition to teaching, he pursued his lifelong passion for sports as "Coach Fetz," beginning his coaching career as JV basketball coach (1962-1963); junior high wrestling coach (1964-1966); and junior high football coach (1964-1965). Ed coached JV football from 1965-1998 and was JV baseball coach from 1962-1983. As JV football coach, his teams experienced four undefeated seasons, but Ed cherished his players equally whether 0-9 or 9-0. While he enjoyed football, his first love was baseball. After over 20 years at the junior varsity level, he assumed head varsity baseball coach duties from 1983-1998, winning multiple division titles in the old "Sus" league and STAC ('88, '95, '96). Under his leadership, the Blue Devils also won Section IV championships in 1987 and 1988, progressing to the sectional finals again in 1989 before losing to Maine-Endwell. Ed's most accomplished team advanced to the state final in 1987, falling in a spirited 6-5 contest to champion Shoreham Wading River, a team led by future major leaguer Keith Osik. After retiring from teaching, Coach Fetz's final years as a coach were spent at Johnson City High School. He was the head JV baseball coach from 1999-2004, assisting with the varsity during the post-season. As an assistant, he helped contribute to JC's 1999 state championship run, earning the ring that eluded him 20 years earlier. In and outside of the classroom and field, Ed will forever be remembered for his booming voice, huge heart, constant quest for excellence, and eclectic, yet wonderful, sense of humor. Coach Fetz had an amazing ability to motivate and inspire his students and athletes to overcome challenges and to set and achieve their goals, all the while having fun. Outside of work, Ed was a devoted father and husband as well as an avid sports fan and prolific reader. He loved to spend time with his family near and far, traveling across the country and to Europe multiple times. With a zeal for life and learning, Ed accumulated many different hobbies throughout his 69 years. He was a talented golfer and successfully shot a hole-in-one. In the winter, Ed regularly hit the ski slopes at Greek Peak Ski Resort, where he was a season-pass holder after running the Chenango Forks Ski Club for many years. After retirement, he especially enjoyed playing pitch with his card group. Throughout his life, Ed had a servant's heart, regularly helping family, friends and neighbors in need. Ed leaves his loving wife, Mary Lou; three daughters, Christine, Karen and Stephanie; son, Mark; son-in-law, Christian Schulz; granddaughter, Sophia Schulz; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Anne and John Jayman of Baltimore, MD, and Barbara and John Gotaskie of Sunbury, PA; one brother and sister-in-law, Phil and Jean Fetzko of Kreamer, PA; mother-in-law, Mary Wyszkowski of Whitney Point, NY; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Rahn Lawton of Binghamton, NY; nieces and nephews, John R. Jayman, Barbara Jude Jayman, John Gotaskie Jr., Jeffrey Gotaskie, Jennifer Fetzko, Mary Ellen Fetzko, Diane Wettig, Phillip Fetzko, and Alexis and Tyler Lawton; two great-nieces, Gabby and Alexis Wettig; two great-nephews, John Richard and Joseph Jayman; and several cousins. He is predeceased by brother, Thomas A. Fetzko. He was lovingly supported in his final days by Meredith Sax Bourne and Patrick Pilie, the girlfriend and boyfriend of his youngest two children, Mark and Stephanie. Ed was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church after years of attendance at St. Christopher's. He enjoyed praying the Rosary. Ed will be forever cherished by his dear family, friends and former colleagues and students. God Grant Him Eternal Rest.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Binghamton, Saturday at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton, Friday from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Ed's memory be made to Lymphoma Research Foundation, 1115 Broadway, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10006; or Meriter Foundation Inc., 202 S. Park St. Madison, WI 53715 using the Gift Designation.

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6, 2009
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