Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

This Santa Drives More Than Sleighs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

This Santa Drives More Than Sleighs

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News flash: Santa Claus lives part-time in Bethel Park and is a great golfer (two holes in one)! Oh, and he just turned 100 years old.

OK, so his real name is Ed Fassel, but he did portray Santa for more than 40 years, when he was plant manager at Halco Costume Co. in New Eagle, Washington County. Every Christmas Eve, he was the neighborhood Santa, giving out awards for neighbors' decorations. He retired at age 81.

He was born Nov. 24, 1917, the youngest of Joseph and Johanna Fassel's three children. He grew up in Brookline and graduated from South Hills High School. One of his first jobs was as a mail carrier. On Dec. 27, 1941, he married Patricia Huggans and they had three daughters: Judy Roessler of San Diego, Janet Krol of Ross and Nancy (deceased). …

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