The Obit For John Edler

John A. Edler

Published in the Erie Times-News from 11/18/2008 - 11/19/2008

John A. Edler, a lifelong resident of the Erie area, died Sunday, November 16, 2008 at his residence. Born July 5, 1920 in Erie, Pa., he was the son of the late Adelbert S. and Anna Doyle Edler.

John was a 1939 graduate of Harborcreek High School, and then served in the United States Army during World War II. He was employed by the City of Erie as a fireman, retiring in 1971, and then going to Edinboro University until 1986, where he was supervisor of maintenance.

John was past-president of the Times Old Newsies, a member of the Ainsworth Field Commission and the Erie Veteran’s Memorial Stadium Commission. He was also a sports official for over 50 years, umpiring baseball, and referring football, basketball and wrestling.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Clarice Rossell Edler, on January 14, 1994. Survivors include his daughter, Clarice Sue Edler, of Erie; a sister, Caroline Graham, of Harborcreek; a brother, Norman Edler, of Harborcreek; and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with John’s wishes, there will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1626 W. 26th St. Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Condolences to Sign the guestbook at