Father Daniel J. Fraser
March 8, 1934 – November 28, 2013
Fr. Dan Fraser, (husband, father of 9, deacon, grandfather of 17, priest) age 79 , passed on to eternal rest on November 28, 2013. Born in Detroit in 1934, he was the fifth of six children to Thomas A. Fraser and Doris Pecore. He moved to Northwest Detroit at the age of 7 after a plane crash killed his father. He attended Precious Blood grade School and DetroitCatholicCentralHigh School and graduated in1951.
After graduation he entered the Trappist monastery in Dubuque, Iowa. He resided in the monastery for seven years where he took solemn vows, but was released due to illness. He returned to Detroit, attending college at the University of Detroit earning a masters degree in theology. While in college he met Christine M. Jadczak, daughter of Ed and Marie Jadczak. Dan and Christine married on July 1, 1961 and were fruitful with nine children. Joseph and his children Emily and Michael; Marie and her children Nicole and Daniel; John and Amanda (Johnson), and their children Gregory, Amelia & Lydia; Thomas and his children Haily, Sierra and Alexandra; Theresa and her children Amber, Jessica and Norman; Paula (Fraser) and Mike Grant, and their children Nathaniel and Alyshia; Bernard; Joan (Fraser) and Jeff Kiley, and their children Lauren and Ella; Ann.
Dan started his career as a high school teacher at Catholic Central, later moving into the position of assistant principal at CabriniHigh School in Allen Park. Later he was principal at Sacred Heart in Dearborn. When the high school was closed in 1976 the family moved to Monroe and he became director of religious education at St. John the Baptist and St. Mary’s Church’s in Monroe, MI. He also was an assistant district manager for the Detroit Free Press at that time. Later, he took a position with Prudential Financial services. He and his wife owned and operated the Joy Christian Book Store in Monroe for 7 years. Dan and Christine held 6-week workshops for married couples 3 times a year for 16 years.
In 1968 he entered the diaconate program and was ordained with the first permanent deacon class in Detroit in 1971. He served as deacon at Our Lady of Good Council in Plymouth, St. John the Baptist and St. Mary’s in Monroe. After Christine’s death he returned to the seminary and was ordained a priest for the diocese of Toledo in June 12, 1999. He Served in the Toledo Diocese as associate pastor at St. Peter in Mansfield. He was pastor at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Toledo, OH and later associate pastor of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns.
Dan loved to preach and teach. He published 9 short books of his homilies which are available at select bookstores.
He is preceded in death by his wife Christine, his parents and his three brothers, Fr. Thomas, Jerry and William. He is survived by his two sisters, Nancy and Mary.
Donations can be made to Toledo Priests Retirement Fund or the Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) of Monroe.
Friends may visit from 3 – 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. On Monday, Fr. Dan will lie instate from 4 – 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church with Vespers at 7 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.
Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.