REV. ROBERT G.
Of Munhall, on June 29, 2014, age 83. Father Robert Turner was born on February 12, 1931, in Pittsburgh, PA to Joseph and Elizabeth Turner. He attended St. Peter School and St. Michael High School, both on the South Side. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1959 from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. He was ordained on May 30, 1959, by Bishop John Wright at St. Paul Cathedral on Oakland, PA. He celebrated his first Mass at St. Peter Church, his home parish. His first assignment as parochial vicar was at St. Basil Parish in Carrick, PA where he served from June 1959 to July 1962. He then moved on the serve as parochial vicar for Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Bellevue (July 1962-July 1963), Holy Name Parish in Duquesne (July 1963-June 1966), St. Agatha Parish in Bridgeville (June 1966-May 1972), St. Paulinus Parish in Clairton (May 1972-September 1972), St. Scholastica Parish in Aspinwall (September 1972-November 1974). He was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Duquesne in November of 1974, where he served as pastor for 20 years until February 1994. He then was named pastor of Resurrection Parish in February 1994 and served as pastor there until his retirement in June of 2006. Although retired, Fr. Turner remained very active in both St. Maximilian Koble Parish in Homestead and Holy Angel Parish in Hays, offering weekday and Sunday Mass as well as confessions. On May 30, 2014, Fr. Turner celebrated 55 years of being ordained in the Holy Priesthood. A Mass honoring him was held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church. Some of Fr. Turner's most memorable aspects of his ministry were taking care of the elderly, hearing confessions and administering the Eucharist. Fr. Turner is survived by his sister, Theresa (Robert) Whelan of Boston, MA; and his brother, Paul (Mary) Turner of Pittsburgh, PA. He was predeceased by his siblings, Joseph Turner, Clara Miehl, Charles Turner and Loretta Turner. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews as well as many friends. A visitation will be held on Wednesday 2-4 p.m. at the SAVOLSKIS - WASIK - GLENN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3501 Main Street, Munhall, PA. Translation service will be Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Resurrection Church, West Mifflin. Visitation will be held in church Thursday 1 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 3 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Fr. Turner's memory to a parish of your choice.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from July 1 to July 2, 2014