Deacon David N. Fosbenner, 69, a permanent deacon assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Morton, died Sept. 13, one day short of his 70th birthday.
Deacon Fosbenner was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Lansdowne-Aldan High School.
Married to Jo-Ann (Robinson) Fosbenner for the past 46 years, he and his wife made their home in Rutledge, which is within Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. There they raised their children, Jodi, David Jr., Casey and Kevin.
Deacon Fosbenner was the owner and president of DNF Trucking Company.
An active member of his parish, he studied for the permanent diaconate and was ordained by Cardinal Justin Rigali on June 5, 2010 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul and assigned to minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
“A deacon is called to serve and Deacon David was a true servant,” said his pastor, Msgr. John Savinski. “The parish community is stunned by his loss. He would do anything for the parish, his family and the church. He was a good trusted friend and his approach was, ‘Is there anything else I can do?’ He was loved by the people. He was totally committed and his homilies were well done.”
Msgr. Savinski was the principal celebrant and homilist at Deacon Fosbenner’s funeral Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Sept. 17. Concelebrants included Msgrs. Daniel Kutys and Richard Skelly and Fathers Gerald Carey, John Lyons, Richard Smith, Robert Vogan and Dennis Weber S.d.C.
Also participating in the liturgy were Deacons John Farrell, William Cella, Michael Pascarella, Edward Duess and Ronald Kelley.
In addition to his children, Deacon Fosbenner is survived by 11 grandchildren. Interment will be private.
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