MONSIGNOR LEON DOBOSIEWICZ, 93
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LAKE WALES - Monsignor Leon Dobosiewicz, 93, of Lake Wales, Florida died on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Lake Wales Medical Center, of natural causes.
He was born on October 9, 1919 in Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, to Louis and Mary Dobosiewicz and was a Catholic Priest for sixty-seven years.
He was ordained to the Priesthood on April 6, 1946 at Saint Colomba Cathedral in Youngstown, Ohio. He served in Youngstown, Windham, Newton Falls, and from 1965-1984 was Pastor at St. Joseph the Provider Parish in Campbell, Ohio. While there, Msgr. completed the church building and built the school, convent, and gymnasium. On July 6, 1984 he retired from the Diocese of Youngstown. Since 1984 he had served in the Diocese of Saint Petersburg, Florida at the following parishes St. Lawrence, All Saints, and St. Michael. Msgr. also served as Chaplain at Bay Pines VA Hospital for seven years.
He served in the Diocese of Orlando at St. Matthew's in Winter Haven, Resurrection in Lakeland, and Holy Spirit in Lake Wales. He received permission to build St. Leo the Great Catholic Mission in Nalcrest for those people in communities east of Lake Wales.
With permission of Bishop Thomas Wenski, Msgr. began celebrating the Tridentine Mass at St. Joseph's in Winter Haven. He continued to celebrate the Tridentine Mass at St. Leo the Great Catholic Mission. He was ordained the same year as Pope Paul II and concelebrated a Mass in Rome with others ordained the same year for their fiftieth anniversary.
Pope Benedict XVI named Father Leon Dobosiewicz a Monsignor on March 10, 2008.
He was a licensed pilot, a very good golfer, and certified scuba diver.
He is survived by his sister, Dr. Mary Horkowitz of Fort Myers, Florida, nephews Dr. Stephen Dobosiewicz of Erie, Pennsylvania and children Sarah, Michael, and Rachel, Dr. Eugene Pantera and wife Dr. Carol Pantera of Buffalo, New York, niece Marylu Horkowitz and husband Bill Newman of Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, nephew Dr. John Horkowitz and wife Dr. Kathleen Horkowitz and their son Alex of Houston, Texas, niece Dr. Carol Horkowitz-Tsaoussis and husband Constantine and their sons Simon, Nikolas, and Christopher, all of Miami, Florida, and his caregiver Joyce Pettus of Lake Wales.
He was preceded in death by his siblings Dr. Helen Dobosiewicz, Reverend Stephen Dobosiewicz, Thaddeus Dobosiewicz and wife Harriet, Dr. Sonia Pantera and husband Dr. Eugene Pantera and their son Brian, and his brother-in-law Dr. Simon Horkowitz.
From an article in the "Lake Wales News" in 2008 he is quoted, "I want people to remember that I was effective and influential in bringing people into the Catholic faith."
At Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 644 S. Ninth Street in Lake Wales, Viewing will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 4 00 P.M. until the Vigil Service begins at 5 00 P.M., as a time for reflection and eulogies. Funeral Mass will be Monday, September 9, 2013, at 11 00 A.M. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Bishop John Noonan as celebrant. Interment will be made at Calvary Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Published in Ledger from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2013