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Rev. Monsignor Benjamin Franzinelli KHS


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Rev. Monsignor  Benjamin Franzinelli KHS Obituary
Rev. Monsignor Benjamin J. Franzinelli, KHS

1921 - 2016 Monsignor Benjamin J. Franzinelli, KHS, age 94, of Las Vegas, died Thursday, May 26, 2016. He was born July 7, 1921 in North Adams, Mass. Msgr. Franzinelli was ordained to the Priesthood May 31, 1952. His first assignments were in North Carolina and New York City. In 1961, Father Franzinelli transferred to Las Vegas, and served at Saint Joan of Arc, Our Lady of Las Vegas, and Saint Christopher parishes. In 1968, he was named pastor of Saint James parish, and in 1972, served on the Nevada State Board of Education. In 1975, Father Ben became the founding pastor of Holy Family parish, Las Vegas. During his pastorate, he built 2 churches and founded the Marian Information Center. In 1994, he was named a Domestic Prelate with the title Monsignor. In 2004, he was inducted into the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Following his retirement in 1996, Msgr. Ben continued to serve at Holy Family parish, celebrating Mass and hearing confessions, until this very month, when his health became frail. The oldest of 3 children born to Joseph Franzinelli and Gisela Scaia, Msgr. Franzinelli is survived by numerous cousins and his devoted 'holy family' in Las Vegas. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Monsignor Franzinelli will be celebrated Thursday June 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview cemetery. A calling hour will be held Thursday morning from 10-10:45 AM at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA. Msgr. Ben had as a special love his former 'parishioners', the Carmelite Nuns of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Donations in memory of Msgr. Ben Franzinelli may be made to: Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, 9300 W. Agnew Road, Valparaiso, NE, 68065. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 1, 2016
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