WATERBURY – Deacon Donald E. Cruess Sr., 88, passed away on, Feb. 13, 2013, at Middlebury Convalescent Center.
A permanent deacon who served for more than 25 years at St. Francis Xavier Parish, he was the husband of Vera (Mason) Cruess.
He was born on April 23, 1924, a son of the late Raymond and Charlotte (Moran) Cruess. He was a graduate of Crosby High School and attended Wesleyan University in Middletown until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II.
After the war, he worked at his family’s markets until he became a quality control manger for Timex and, later, Buell Industries/Anchor Fastener for many years before his retirement.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children Donald Jr. of Meriden; David of Columbia, Md.; Daniel of Wilmington, N.C.; Dean of Storrs; Diane Maxwell of Pleasanton, Calif., Deborah Beveridge of Watertown; and Darcy Braisted of Bethel; as well as by 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Feb. 16 at St. Francis Xavier. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church, 625 Baldwin St., Waterbury, CT 06706.