Nicholas Konzel Sr

A Humble Man of Faith

Nicholas Konzel, Sr., 87, passed peacefully into the hands of the Lord on July 15, 2017. He was born in Erie on December 19, 1929, son of the late Stanley and Catherine (Benewait) Konzel.

Nick graduated from Cathedral Prep in 1950 and served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He established and operated Konzel Electric for many years. He was an artist who created custom-designed stained-glass windows for numerous churches and restaurants, and later taught lessons through the Art Museum. His long retirement was filled with time in his workshop creating and producing handmade wooden toys and puzzles which he loved to peddle at flea markets. Most of all, Nick loved to be with his family and often pranked his grandchildren with a twinkle in his eye. His generosity was legendary within his family and within the community as well. He was a humble man of strong faith and a vibrant spirit known to resolve differences with swift and complete forgiveness, and will be sadly missed by his family.

Nicholas is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 64 years, Joan (Kraus) Konzel, whom he called his girlfriend; his children, Douglas Konzel (Cheryl), Mary Clark, Patricia Merski (Ronald), Barbara Henry (Martin), Nicholas Konzel Jr., Nancy Konzel, Thomas Konzel (Tracy), Theresa Konzel, and James Konzel; his brother, David Konzel of Rochester, NY, and his sister, Mary Smith of Buffalo, NY; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a multitude of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Nicholas was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., 2607 Buffalo Road, on Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. and are invited to attend a Prayer Service there Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. James Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Barber National Institute, 100 Barber Place, Erie 16507 or St. James Church, 2635 Buffalo Road, Erie 16510. Burial will be private.

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The founder of the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., Constantine "Gus" Dusckas, was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania, on July 22, 1915, the son of Greek immigrants. It has been noted that the Dusckas family had a close relationship with the Drake family of oil well fame. Because of the family's deep religious beliefs, young Gus got involved with many families who were in need and less fortunate.  read more...

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