Father Daniel J. Fraser
March 8, 1934 – November 28, 2013

 FraserFr. 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

22 Responses to Fr. Daniel J. Fraser

  • Amelia Fraser says:

    Grandpa I will miss you. XO XO XO !

  • Amber Morris says:

    I love you Grandpa! You will be missed by so many people. You were such a great man and taught me so many things about being a good person. Say hi to Grandma! xoxo

  • Anne M Wojnar says:

    I’ll always remember you as a great man & cousin. You always had a kind word to say.
    I know God was with you always. May He be with your family & friends as they mourn your passing to your eternal reward.

  • Theresa Morris says:

    I love you dad. I will miss you. I know you have gone to a better place now and will be reunited with mom. Your spirit will live on in all of us, your children, as each of have inherited your trait of stubbornness. Rest in peace and I love you.

  • Ann (Jadczak) Kimling says:

    Cousin Dan, you were always such an encouragement to me. Your unique situation made you able to understand marriage and parenting in a wonderful way. Your love for God was an inspiration to all. You will be missed here on earth, but welcomed into His wonderful kingdom with great joy. I will be praying for those you’ve left behind.

  • Paula Grant says:

    In the past two weeks when the struggles and fears were the greatest for my father. Is when I got to know my father the most. I will not forget this time that I had a chance to spend with my father. Thank You Dad for the special times that we have shared. I LOVE YOU !

  • Ken and Bobbi Marshall says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. You will be missed dearly.

    Kind Regards,
    Bobbi and Ken Marshall

  • Paula Grant says:

    In the past two weeks my father had many struggles and fears. However, in his struggles is when I got to know my father the most. I will never forget the time God allowed for me to know my father. Dad you past away on Thankgiving and there is many things that I am thankful for you being in my life. Love You!

  • Paula M Grant says:

    In the past two weeks my father had many struggles and fears. However, in his struggles is when I got to know my father the most. I will never forget the time God allowed for me to know my father. Dad you past away on Thankgiving and there is many things that I am thankful for you being in my life.

  • Paula M Grant says:

    In the past two weeks my father had many struggles and fears. However, in his struggles is when I got to know my father the most. I will never forget the time God allowed for me to know my father. Dad you past away on Thankgiving and there is many things that I am thankful for you being in my life. Love You Dad!

  • Gail and Alan Jadczak says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Christine and Dan were the model family for us growing up as kids and when my parents visited you there were always more cousins to play with. We have enjoyed following the Fraser family and even getting to participate with the weddings and ordinations. We have been blessed so greatly having been born into a wonderful family. Drop a good word for us with the Father. Rest in Peace!

  • Kathy Marx says:

    Cousin Dan – You were always kind, thoughtful and an inspiration to me. I know you will be missed by family, friends and many others you touched throughout the years. They will be in my prayers. Rest now in His Peace.

  • ELla Kiley says:

    Dear Grandpa,

    I will miss you but, you will have a better life in Heaven :)

    XOXOXOXOXO
    Ella

  • Paula Grant says:

    In the past few weeks my father had many struggles and fears. However, in his struggles is when I got to know my father the most. I will never forget the time God allowed for me to know my father. Dad you past away on Thanksgiving and I am thankful for being in my life. I love you dad.

  • Curt and Kay Vogel says:

    To the Fraser family,
    We knew your Dad and Grandpa and your sister Annie when he came to Toledo and was pastor at St. Agnes. My husband was a Deacon and was close to your Dad. We were able to have a great friendship with him and have kept in touch ever since. They met us every Saturday a.m. after we went to mass here in Toledo. We met at Rudy’s and surely enjoyed each others company. He was a very spirit filled man and took great care of Annie. He loved his whole family so very much but we are so happy that he is now enjoying the company of your mom and all the angels. He often said to all of us ” Getting old ain’t for wimps” and he proved that. God Bless all of you at this time of loss. Know that his spirit will always be with each and every one of you. Curt and Kay Vogel

  • Tom Walsh says:

    To the Fraser family,
    I was a CC classmate of Dan. I will always have fond memories of him.

  • Dcn. Marion Jurewicz says:

    Though I never had the honor of meeting Fr. Fraser, I learned a lot about him and the Fraser family. I learned a lot about him from serving with his son Bernie. I will remember Fr. Fraser in my prayers and also the entire Fraser on the loss of their loved one. May god be with you all during this time of grief.

    Yours in Christ: Deacon Marion Jurewicz

  • Jerry LaMonica says:

    Fr. Dan’s son Bernard was my pastor at St.Cyril of Jerusalem Parish (now Our Lady of the Angels) in Taylor Michigan. Bernard was a most caring pastor to all our parishioners. After reading Fr. Dan’s obituary, I can see that he and his wife passed on their loving and caring to their children.
    Bernie, I pray the Good and Loving Lord will comfort you and your brothers and sisters during this sad time in the loss of your papa.
    Jerry LaMonica

  • Bobbie and Barney Smith says:

    Fr. Dan was a long-life friend of my brother, James Grant Smith, who passed away last November. The two of them met when they attended Detroit Catholic Central High School and stayed in touch all these years. Fr. Dan was very supportive of our family when Grant died. We will keep you in our prayers and ask God to comfort you during this sad loss.

  • Kathleen Urban says:

    Fr. Dan was a remarkable man, priest, cousin and friend. To have two vocations in life is being blessed with “having it all”. He touched many of us in profound ways . He will be missed by all of us. I always looked forward to his yearly Christmas letters. His kindness, knowledge, and caring ability made hime a very special person. He imparted his wisdom and love unconditionally. I will remeber his warm smile. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may he rest in peace. May he be richly rewarded for the fruits of his endevours. His legacy will live on through his children, grandchildren and on those whom he left his mark. My prayers are with his family.

    Kathleen Urban

  • Travis and Kirstie Horkey says:

    It is with a heavy heart that we write this email. We are members St. Joe’s in Ida (now St. Gabriel). It was always a pleasure to see Father Dan at mass. His homilies were always so thoughtful, inspiring and really made you think and his Father Grandpa’s Reflections books are so meaningful. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fraser family. He will truly be missed, but is now at peace.

  • John and Mary Frances Hoeffel (St. Augustine, Fla) says:

    Dear Family of Fr. Dan.

    The human spirit is ill equipped to bear the sorrow received in the recent CC post. Yet, such a burden soon becomes joy knowing that Fr. Dan dines with the Almighty. Instants of grief are replaced by the bond of a stronger family circle. that bond is a special souvenir gracefully bestowed by the Mediator Whom Dan loved so much.

    In Fr.Dan’s cheerful life psalm, he had his family clearly in mind. As Dan’s classmate at Catholic Central and the University of Detroit, I knew he liked to drink from a deeper well…and his psalm became evident in his quest for the way, the truth, and the life. He was no stranger to our farmhouse in Farmington. Dan had that certain way that Mom would ask—when will Dan come again? Alas, time rolls on, calls are placed to the Maumee area, (my father was born by that river in Napoleon), chats bordered on family exaggerations without any Glory Be.

    Mary Frances (sweet bride of 56 yrs.) and I will always keep your father in our thoughts and you in our prayers. Words and reveries are such frail things at times such as these; still, I believe that the other CC’51 cohorts whose reward preceded Fr. Dan’s have already given him a big round of applause to his promenade through the celestial gates.

    May God bless all of you, and grant you more than a soufflé of your father’s indomitable spirit…never cease to seek his perpetual light. Requiescat in pace.

    John Hoeffel, CC’51, UD ’59-’59

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