(08/18/2009)
A Gilmer County priest, Father Edwin George Daschbach SVD, 70 of Good Sheperd Church in Glenville, has died following a short illness.

He was affectionely known to the Gilmer community as "Father Ed."

He was born December 6, 1938 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a son of the late George and Beatrice Shimek Daschbach.

He began his education in Pittsburgh, with the Profession of First Vows in the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) in 1958.

Profession of Perpetual Vows: 1964; Ordination to the Priesthood: Jan. 15, 1966; Bachelor's degree, St Mary's Seminary at Techny, IL; Master's degree in Religious Education, Fordham University, NY in 1970; Divine Word Seminary, Bordentown, NJ; 1966-1973 (taught religion and music).

St. Thomas Parish, Gassaway, WV (1973-1978); St. Anne Parish, Webster Springs, WV (1978-1987); St. Rita Parish, Indianapolis, IN (1987); St. Peter/Christ the King Parish, Welch and War, WV (1987-1991); Good Shepherd Parish, Glenville, WV (1991-2009); Glenville State College, Glenville, WV (Chaplin, & teacher of Latin & ESL to Japanese students).

Gilmer County High School (many years a teacher of Latin); regular columnist on the Catholic Faith for the Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder, Braxton Citizen News, & Webster Echo; he was chaplin at the Gilmer FCI & a long time member of the Gilmer Co. Ministerial Association.

He was an avid photographer, an accomplished pianist and organist; author of numerous books on the Bible and the Catholic Religion in West Virginia.

Father Ed is survived by a brother, Father Richard Daschbach SVD orphanage in East Timor (formerly part of Indonesia) and a sister, Judy Hernam and husband John of Collegeville, PA.

He is survived by two nieces and two nephews and seven great-nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted today at 11:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Glenville with Father Xavier Cooney SVD as Celebrant.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. assisted the church and family of Father Edwin G. Daschbach with arrangements.


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