Edward Nassar, a 50-year parishioner of St. Augustine Church in Rochester, died March 16, 2007, following a brief illness.
At St. Augustine, Mr. Nassar, 93, served as usher, lector and extraordinary minister of holy Communion. Following the closing of the church, he became a member of St. Monica Church.
A graduate of Aquinas Institute and Rochester Business Institute, he was a member of Council 178 of the Knights of Columbus for 60 years, a member of the Daily Mass League and a frequent leader of the Family Rosary for Peace on radio.
He and his wife, Freda, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last August at St. Monica. Father Raymond Fleming, pastor, referred to Mr. Nassar as “a most saintly man who will be remembered for his love of God, family and friends.” His close friend, Father John Reif, said that, through his example, Mr. Nassar has been an inspiration for many individuals.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Nassar is survived by his daughter, JudieLynn (Thomas) McAvinney; grandchildren, Patrick and Brenna; in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. His Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Monica Church on March 24, 2007, with interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.