Reverend Leonard M. Butcavage, a retired priest of the Scranton Diocese, residing in Hazleton, died on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
Father 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 College, Wilkes-Barre, receiving his A.B. in January 1971. He completed his studies for the priesthood at Pope John Paul XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass. Father 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.
Father 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. Father 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. Father became a Senior Priest in 2010 serving Our Lady of Sorrow, West Wyoming, and St. Joseph's, Wyoming. He retired on Sept. 22, 2010.
Father Butcavage was one of 17 children. He is survived by two brothers, Thomas Butcavage and wife Lorraine, Monroeville, Pa., and Lawrence and wife Eddy, Fort Myers, Fla., and one sister, Dorothy Sullivan, and husband Paul, Seattle, Wash., and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by the following brother 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, on Friday at 11 a.m. 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 one hour before the funeral Liturgy from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Mary's Annunciation Cemetery, Pringle. Funeral arrangements are provided by the Frank J. Bonin Funeral Home Inc., Hazleton.