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Ned Eugene Desenberg

September 21, 1927 ~ March 5, 2021 (age 93)


On March 5, 2021, Ned Desenberg passed away peacefully. He was born on September 21, 1927, in Ashland, Ohio to Paul Stanley and Mildred Zimmerman Desenberg. Ned grew up in a very stable and loving home with numerous relatives nearby. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1945 and was accepted to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the Naval Flight Program. Before entering either, World War II ended, and the flight program was discontinued. Ned diverted to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, later graduating in June of 1950, from Case University (now Case Western Reserve) with a degree in engineering. Several days later, he married his best friend, soul mate and love of his life, Elizabeth Donley Desenberg (Liz). They met in Junior High, became good friends, dated regularly in high school and were college sweethearts. Ned and Liz went on to raise five children, first in Branford, Connecticut and later when they moved to Rochester in 1971.
Ned was briefly an electrical engineer but moved quickly into sales management, initially with Malleable Iron Fittings Company in Branford and then Genecast in Rochester. He was personable, well liked and always treated everyone with the utmost respect. Ned prided himself with knowing the names of most of the workers, many of their wives and even some of the children. He was a friend to all.
Ned was a warm and caring husband to Liz and a very active father to his children. He loved golf and served on the Brooklea Country Club Board for many years. He even won the Annual Invitational Tournament in 1992 with his third son Joel as his guest and partner. Much to Liz’s delight, Ned recieved a standing ovation at the awards ceremony. Years later, he was honored with a Brooklea Country Club Lifetime Membership. Though no longer playing golf, in recent years you would often find Ned at the Club on Friday eating lunch and visiting with other members and staff.
Several years after the death of Liz in 2004, Ned met RoseMary Anderson, the second love of his life. They became fast and very close friends. They lived across the hall from eachother and Ned used to joke that his sweetie was just 17 steps away.
Ned is predeceased by Liz, his parents and his sister Marilyn Blue. He is survived by his five children: David (Lori) Desenberg of Corpus Christi, Texas, Mark (Diane) Desenberg of South Berwick, Maine, Joel Desenberg of Scottsdale, Arizona, Sara (Robert) MacMartin of Liverpool, New York and Amy (Gerry) Hutchison of Hamlin, New York; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
To distill, Ned aced life!
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