Edward A. Deusser, 71, of Mashpee died at home September 20 after a long illness.
He was the husband of Andrea (Wills) Deusser, to whom he was married for 48 years.
Mr. Deusser grew up in Watertown, New York, son of the late Edward C. Deusser and Mary Catherine (Phillips) Deusser. After graduating from Immaculate Heart Central School in 1968, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in education from St. Francis College in Biddeford, Maine; a master’s degree in education from Bridgewater State College; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
His career in education began in his hometown, where he taught school prior to moving to Massachusetts and teaching in Mansfield. He eventually became an administrator in the Barnstable school system; as principal he led the transition of Marstons Mills East Elementary School into a Horace Mann Charter School—it is now the Barnstable Community Innovation School.
After his retirement, he and his wife moved to St. John in the US Virgin Islands for several years, where he was headmaster of the Gifft Hill School, and helped the school achieve its re-accreditation from the MSACS Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
An interview with Mr. Deusser and his wife in their Noisy Hole Road home was published in the Enterprise in July 1998. The paper was running a series of occasional articles on Mashpee residents, “the quiet ones who stay out of the limelight but who are the backbone of this community.”
They had moved to Mashpee in 1987 from Connecticut, where Mr. Deusser had just received an advanced degree in teaching gifted and talented programs.
At the time the couple had been married 26 years and had guided their three children, Thomas, 22, Rebecca, 19, and Martha, 18, through high school “with no major snags,” crediting perseverance and a sense of responsibility in that success. The youngsters were all involved in music, whether through the band or singing, some in sports and some in student government. In addition to music education being a positive influence on all their children, religion had been an important part of their family, they said, instilling a strong sense of values and exposing the children to spirituality as well as providing involvement in the church through choir, youth groups and retreats over the years.
The Deussers had developed a love for their new community, “a perfect spot, in between Hyannis and Falmouth, but a little bit off the beaten path. It’s still a nice small town.” They said they hoped to do some travelling once their children finished college; they had already visited Margarita Island off the coast of Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and St. John.
Mr. Deusser was a parishioner and Eucharistic minister at Parish of Christ the King for many years and, prior to that, attended services at a smaller building on Great Neck Road South.
He had also been a member of the local Cable Commission, which helped bring cable to Mashpee in the 1980s.
He leaves three siblings, Ann Bohne, Thomas Deusser and Rosemary Deusser-Jensen, all of Watertown, New York; and extended family.
A funeral Mass and interment of his cremated remains will be scheduled later this fall.