On Monday, November 30, 2020, John Vincent Fessler, loving husband and friend to so many, passed away at the age of 89. John was born on December 23, 1930 in Oakland, CA to John and Angela (McGrath) Fessler. He attended seminary at the age of 13 in Compton, CA, ordained in 1956 in the Claretian Order, and was blessed to have been a priest in the United States and Philippines for 30 years. John married Suzanne (Lasinski) on December 21, 1985 for 35 wonderful years, and his ministry was serving those affected by drug abuse and hospice care.
John, Suzanne and beloved Sonya their dog, traveled extensively in their humble beginnings with a motorcycle and tent, eventually adding a side car and later upgrading to a truck and camper for seeing the country and visiting their many friends and relatives. John won numerous medals, including Triathlons at many Senior Olympics events. He walked or rode his bicycle everywhere including the Los Olivos Senior Center where he enjoyed time spent with friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Angela, wife, Suzanne, sister, Angela Capobianco and brother, Thomas Fessler. He is survived by his sister, Alice Walls, sisters-in-law, Carol (Gregg) Johnson and Barbara Lasinski, brother-in-law Richard (Cinda) Lasinski, 5 nieces, 12 nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.
A beautiful life that came to an end,
he died as he lived, everyone’s friend.
In our hearts a memory will always be kept,
of one we loved and will never forget.
John will be laid to rest with Suzanne at St. Francis Cemetery. Due to Covid-19 the service is private but will be live-streamed on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at Noon at https://www.facebook.com/WhitneyMurphyFH/live/.
The recording will also be available for viewing at john-vincent-fessler.forevermissed.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Saint Mary’s High School, Phoenix, Arizona; Claretian Missionaries (American Province National Office); or Dominican Sisters of Mary (4597 Warren Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105).
Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.