The Rev. Leonard M. Butcavage, a retired priest of the Scranton Diocese, residing in Hazleton, died Sunday, May 5, 2013.
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The Rev. Butcavage, son of the late Anthony Frank and Anna Veronica Margavage Butcavage, was born in Kingston on April 26, 1939.
He was a graduate of Kingston High School and King's University, Wilkes-Barre, receiving his A.B. in January 1971. He completed his studies for the priesthood at Pope John Paul XXIII National Seminary, Weston, Mass. The Rev. Butcavage was ordained to the priesthood on May 13, 1972, in the Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton, by the Most Rev. J. Carroll McCormick, D.D., late bishop of Scranton.
The Rev. Butcavage served as an assistant pastor at Nativity of Our Lord, Scranton; St. Gabriel's, Hazleton; St. Ann's, Williamsport; St. Mary's Annunciation, Kingston; and St. John the Baptist, Honesdale. The Rev. Butcavage was appointed as administrator of St. Mary's, Wanamie, in 1985, and became pastor there in 1990. He served as pastor of Holy Trinity (Slovak) Parish, Hazleton, and also Holy Trinity (German), Hazleton; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Hazleton. The Rev. Butcavage became a senior priest in 2010, serving Our Lady of Sorrow, West Wyoming, and St. Joseph's, Wyoming. He retired on Sept. 22, 2010.
The Rev. Butcavage was one of 17 children. He is survived by two brothers, Thomas Butcavage and wife, Lorraine, Monroeville; and Lawrence and wife, Eddy, Fort Myers, Fla.; one sister, Dorothy Sullivan and husband, Paul, Seattle, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Raymond, Edward, Anthony, Henry, Edmund, Joseph, Celia DeJulius, Martha Ann, Martha Elizabeth, Stella, Mary Tford, Rita Pike and Eleanor Bunn.
A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., bishop of Scranton, at 11 a.m. Friday in Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish at the Church of St. Joseph, 604 N. Laurel St., Hazleton. Friends and relatives may call at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, prior to the Funeral Liturgy. Interment will be in St. Mary's Annunciation Cemetery, Pringle.
Funeral arrangements are provided by Frank J. Bonin Funeral Home Inc., 542 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on May 7, 2013