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January 17, 2017 ~ Obituaries


Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers:

Rev. Msgr. Mercurio Fregapane

Msgr. FregapaneMonsignor Fregapane passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. Monsignor Fregapane was a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA. Since his retirement in 2002, he assisted at many parishes in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, with special affection for the Hispanic community. He is survived by three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will take place on January 19, 2017 in New York.  There will be a Memorial Mass in our Diocese and we will post the information here.

For a complete obituary, please follow this link.


Mrs. Mary Jo Murphy

Mary JoThe Chancellor’s Office was notified of the death of Mrs. Mary Jo Murphy, long-time diocesan Communications Office employee and Spirit FM radio personality, on Friday, January 13, 2017.  Mary Jo was also the sister of Father Michael O’Brien, pastor of St. Clement Parish, Plant City.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 715 E. Orange Street, Tarpon Springs.  There will be no viewing or Vigil Service.

More information in our home page at this link.


Mr. Wayne J. Hermes

We received notice that Mr. Wayne J. Hermes, father of Father Richard Hermes, S.J., president of Jesuit High School, Tampa, passed away in the Lord on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  No other information has been provided.

Please keep Father Hermes, his family and loved ones in your prayers during this difficult time.


May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace!

Memorial Mass – Rev. Elmer McDonald

For the Faithful Departed

Memorial Mass ~ Reverend Elmer McDonald
St. John Vianney Parish
445 82nd Ave., St. Pete Beach

St. John Vianney Parish will be celebrating a Memorial Mass in honor of Fr. Elmer McDonald who was such an important part of their parish and school family for many years.  Funeral services were held in his home diocese of Rochester on December 6, 2016 in N. Chili, NY.

A Memorial Mass will be offered for the repose of his soul at St. John’s on January 24th at 11 am.
All are invited to attend.

 

Obituary ~ January 3, 2017


Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers:

Mr. Michael Kosiba
Mr. Michael Kosiba, 66, former diocesan chair of the Committee on Catholic Scouting, passed away in the Lord on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, while at Tampa General Hospital.  Mike and his wife, Judy were parishioners of Christ the King Parish, Tampa.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

Newspaper obituary at this link.


Reverend Rock Travnikar
The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the sudden passing of Reverend Rock Travnikar, O.F.M., 71, in the early hours of December 25, 2016, in his apartment at Rocky Creek Retirement Village, Tampa.

Father Travnikar was ordained on November 14, 1976 in Hazel Park, Michigan for the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor.  He belonged to the St. John the Baptist Province, of Cincinnati, Ohio and had served as a college chaplain, teacher, retreat director and missionary and pastor prior to his relocation to Tampa in January 2008, where he worked as the Pastoral Services Coordinator for Rocky Creek Retirement Village.  During his nearly nine years in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, he also provided pastoral assistance to St. Lawrence Parish, Tampa.

In 1979, Father Travnikar released his book, The Blessing Cup: Prayer Rituals for Families and Groups, through St. Anthony Messenger Press.  The book has sold more than 400,000 copies went through four revisions.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Midday Prayer Service on Thursday, January 5, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
Memorial Mass on Thursday, January 5, 7:00 p.m. St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 5225 N. Himes Road, Tampa

Funeral Mass:  
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Transfiguration Catholic Church
Southfield, Michigan

Interment at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan will immediately follow.


Mrs. Clare Dunne
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Clare Dunne, mother of Father Dermot Dunne, Pastor of St. Cecelia Parish, Clearwater, early Monday morning, December 26, 2016 in Ireland.  She was recently predeceased by two of her daughters (Father Dunne’s sisters) earlier in 2016.

A Funeral Mass was held in Ireland on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Please keep Father Dunne and his family in your prayers during this difficult time as he traveled to bury another of his beloved family members.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Dunne family, c/o Rev. Dermot Dunne, St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 821 Jasmine Way, Clearwater, FL 33756.


 

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May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 

 

Obituary ~ December 19, 2016

 

Mr. Ronald J. Pacana

Mr. Ronald J. Pacana, 65, husband of Mrs. Kim Pacana, Secretary at the Tribunal Office, passed away on December 6, 2016.   Mr. Pacana is survived by wife, Kim; children, Nicole (Ron), Heather (Steve), Eric (Katie); three grandchildren; loving siblings.
Funeral Mass was celebrated on December 16 at Light of Christ Parish, Clearwater.

 


Mr. Michael Kosiba

Mr. Michael Kosiba, 66, former diocesan chair of the Committee on Catholic Scouting, passed away in the Lord on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, while at Tampa General Hospital.  Mike and his wife, Judy were parishioners of Christ the King Parish, Tampa.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

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Please keep the Pacana and Kosiba families in your kind
thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

 

Obituary ~ December 5, 2016

Reverend Elmer McDonald
(1924 – 2016)

We recently learned of the passing of Reverend Elmer McDonald, 92, a retired priest of the Diocese of Rochester, on Sunday, December 4, 2016.  Father McDonald spent most of his retirement years in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, providing assistance to St. John Vianney Parish, St. Pete Beach and serving as Chaplain at Bay Pines V.A. Hospital.  He returned to his native New York state in 2015.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 3350 Union Street, North Chili, New York on Tuesday, December 6th, at 11:00 a.m., with Bishop Salvatore Matano presiding.

Additional obituary information can be found by clicking here.

The souls of the just are in the hands of God. – Wisdom 3:1

Clergy Changes ~ November 21, 2016

 

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointment, effective November 20, 2016:

APPOINTMENT
Upon presentation by Very Reverend Richard L. Davis, T.O.R., Minister Provincial , Reverend David J. Tickerhoof, T.O.R., as Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Parish, St. Petersburg.

Obituaries ~ November 14, 2016

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers:

Mary Ellen Hansma
Mrs. Hansma, retired from St. Lawrence Catholic School, Tampa, passed away November 4, 2016 at Melech Hospice House in Tampa.   A lifelong educator, Mrs. Hansma and family moved to Tampa in 1969, where she began a 35 year career at St. Lawrence Catholic School, starting as a first grade teacher and culminating with 19 years as principal.

Funeral services were celebrated in Tampa last week with Interment at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Lawrence School, Tampa.

Obituary at this link.


Janet Wilson
Word reached the Chancellor’s Office of the passing of Mrs. Wilson, mother of Chris Wilson, Coach of Holy Family Catholic School, St. Petersburg, this morning, November 14, 2016.

We ask for your prayers for Coach Wilson and his family.

More details will be posted here as they become available.


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May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, by the Mercy of God, rest in peace.