Raymond Edward Lavelle
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Lavelle Reverend Raymond Edward Lavelle died on December 31, 2015 while under long-term care at Mohun Health Care Center. The son of Patrick and Celia (McNulty) Lavelle, he was born March 30, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the college program at Saint Meinrad Minor Seminary (Saint Meinrad, IN) in 1951, later completing his philosophy studies at the former Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (Columbus) in 1953 and his theology studies at Saint Vincent Seminary (Latrobe, PA) in 1957. He was ordained on May 25, 1957 by Bishop Edward G. Hettinger. During his ministry Fr. Lavelle served on a number of diocesan boards and committees; he also served in several parishes until his retirement in 2000, spending part of his retirement years as a hospital chaplain and assisting at Saint Paul Parish (Westerville) before physical infirmities confined him to Mohun Health Care Center for several years prior to his death. In addition to his parents, Fr. Lavelle is preceded in death by his brothers Thomas and Daniel, sister Joan, and sister-in-law Dorothy. Survived by sister, Maureen (George) Ploucha; brother, Robert Lavelle; sister-in-law, Mary Pat Lavelle; many nieces and nephews. The reception of the body will take place Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 4:15 p.m. Saint Paul the Apostle Parish, 313 North State Street, Westerville, the visitation will be 4:30-7:30 p.m., concluding with a prayer service. Visitation will resume Wednesday, January 6, 10 a.m. at Saint Paul's, continuing until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.; burial will immediately follow at Saint Joseph Cemetery (Lockbourne). In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Saint Anthony Parish School (1300 Urban Drive, Columbus, 43229) or to the Saint Paul the Apostle "Reaching for Tomorrow" Parish School Project. Arrangements are entrusted to the MAEDER QUINT TIBERI FUNERAL HOME, 1068 S. HIGH ST., 614-444-1185. To view and sign the on-line register book please visit, www.MaederQuintTiberi.com


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To the family of Father Lavelle,
Father Lavelle was the most wonderful priest that I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He was so helpful when my husband was ill. It just so happened that he was at St. Ann's Hospital visiting patients and ran into me. He asked why I was there and if my husband ever got Baptized. I told him no because of Don's illness we could never make it happen. So, he said we are going upstairs and getting this done now. So my husband was Baptized at St. Ann's Hospital because Father Lavelle was there at the right time. This was one of the things my husband wanted in the worse way, and Father Lavelle made it happen because of his kindness and his wonderful ways of being a priest. Don passed away shortly after that. I cannot say enough good things about him. I could sit in church and listen to him talk, not preach, forever. He also married my Daughter, Tamara Dolinski. My prayers go out to his family with my deepest sympathies.
Thelma Winks
January 8, 2016
RIP Father Lavelle, he will be missed as he has been missed since leaving St. Agnes. He is in a better place now with people who he helped. He was a wonderful and caring person. The world was a better place with him in it. RIP
beth mcconnell
January 7, 2016
A kind and loving soul. I cherish the time working alongside fr Ray at Mount Carmel St Ann's. His gentle spirit, kind smile humor and wise words have been a blessing. God's peace. Chaplain Jerry
Jerry Nussbaum
January 7, 2016
I served Mass many times for Father LaVaelle , both as an adult , and as a teenager , he also was great comfort when my mother passed away. She had looked to him , and converted to being a Catholic , shortly before her death. Father LaVaelle taught Religion at Holy Family High school , which I attended. He was an extraordinary person with a great sense of humor, and this world has lost a good person . RIP Father , we will miss you .
William Kelly
January 6, 2016
Fr. Lavelle was our first parser when we married and moved to Columbus. He baptized our first child at St. Agnes Church on the west side and ended all his baptisms with, " There's another Catholic on the Hilltop. He was a wonderful councilor too, and a fine priest. He is missed.
Abby Robiinson
January 5, 2016
Father Lavelle was one of the best and will be missed by many. May you rest in peace.
Norm & Ann Taylor
January 5, 2016
We rememberFather Lavelle when he was our Priest at St. Matthias. He was a great person and loved hearing his homily. May he rest in peace. Our sincere sympathy to his family.
David, Maggie, Brian West
January 5, 2016
Fr Lavelle was a great man and priest my family and I have fond memories of him at St Agnes Columbus. He will be missed
Nicolas and Ariane Marchese
January 5, 2016
Our lives are richer because of you. You will be missed. Your smile brought more smiles everywhere you were. Until we meet again Fr Lavelle. Prayers for peace for your loved ones during this time.
Bob & Connie Wanner & Family
January 5, 2016
I have fond memories of Fr Lavelle at St Joan of Arc - he always had a smile and it was a pleasure to speak with him.
Rest in peace Fr Lavelle - you were and will always be a good and faithful servant.
Marilyn Brennan
January 5, 2016
Father Lavelle, Kathie & I will miss you very much wish that we could have spent more time with you. We will see you in the future. God bless you
Andrew Stehulak
January 5, 2016
To the friends and family of Father Lavelle

On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and Administration of Saint Francis DeSales High School please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Father Lavelle.

The Saint Francis DeSales High School community was enriched by Father Lavelle's advocacy of Catholic Schools.
It was apparent to all that knew Father Lavelle that he cared deeply for all with whom he worked. The world was a warmer, more caring place due to his efforts. May the angels lead him to his eternal resting place with our Heavenly Father.

Peace and God's Blessings,
Dan Garrick
Principal
Saint Francis DeSales High School
Dan Garrick
January 5, 2016
There is a special place in my heart for this wonderful priest. He helped me and eased the pain in my heart many times with comforting words and understanding. My family was always happy to see HIM coming down the aisle when we attended Mass at St. Paul's, knowing that his homily and his reverence would enrich our prayers. Rest in peace, Father...you blessed us with your life.
January 5, 2016
You are already missed, Fr. Lavelle. We'll never forget the time Jesus called you on your cell phone during one of your homilies. We hope you are enjoying chatting with him in person.
Paul Sheridan
January 5, 2016
Prayers and sympathy on the death of Father Lavelle from St. Ladislas and Corpus Christi parishioners. I did not know Father personally but from all the signers of he Guest Book I wish I had. What great tributess to a great person.
Sister Wilma Ross
January 5, 2016
Your mother would be proud. Well done good and faithful servant. I can not think of Father Lavelle without thinking of my father and mother. He was a dear family friend. Rest in Peace.
January 5, 2016
Fr. Lavelle was first, and foremost, a Holy priest. For many of us, he was the most beloved confessor, who listened without judgement, but listened as a vicar of Christ. His warmth and compassion for mankind will live on through each and every soul he touched. He will be missed, but will also be a welcome soul to meet up with in heaven.
January 4, 2016
Our family loved Fr. Lavelle when he was at St. Vincent's.. We will remember him with fond memories.
Fran Kempton
January 4, 2016
Our family loved Fr. Lavelle during his time at St. Vincent's .. We will treasure our memories of him.
Fran Kempton
January 4, 2016
Fr. Lavelle was an exceptional man and priest. He taught me at Bishop Fenwick in Lancaster Oh. After high school I was going through a tough time and I reached out to him and he welcomed me with open arms as he did everyone. He will be truly missed but heaven has gained another angel.
Lynn Wolshire-Shirk
January 4, 2016
Father Lavelle was my teacher at Bishop Hartley in the early 60's. He had a special way of bringing our religion to our everyday lives through his stories and sense of humor. He was so inspiring and easy to talk to. He was a blessing in my life. I pray he has a special place in God' kingdom.
Mary Girard
January 4, 2016
As a student at Bishop Hartley, I enjoyed our religion class so much. We learned a lot our senior year with Father helping us find our way. Have thought of you so many times You will be missed and loved by so many.
Sarah Price Tonetti
Sarah Tonetti
January 4, 2016
I am sorry to hear of Father Lavelle passing. He will be missed as he has been missed since leaving St. Agnes. He is in a better place now with people who he helped.
January 4, 2016
I had the absolute privilege of working with Father Lavelle at St. Joan of Arc. Through him so many of us, young and old saw the face of Christ. He made the world a better place. I am forever grateful for his love and friendship.
Natalie Hutchison
January 4, 2016
I always felt at ease when I talked with Father Lavelle. Being a convert, I was very nervous about having my first confession, but he had patience and helped me through it. Thank you Father for sending Fr Lavelle to St Matthias. He is now with You having completed all his earthly duties. Rest in peace Fr Lavelle.
Marci and Steve Kirby
January 4, 2016
Wow!! What can I say. What a great person and a great priest. The Heston family always admired you and loved you. I know they all are very happy you are with them now in heaven. May your soul rest in peace.
January 4, 2016
Very sorry to hear this sad news. RIP Father Lavelle you were such a positive influence on my children in their years at StAgnes.
Susie Atnip
January 3, 2016
I attended grade school at St. Agnes in the late 50's to mid 60's. Father Lavalle was the assistant Pastor. We loved him. He was so funny! He was very active and visible in all Parish events. He was there for the masses, communions, weddings and funerals. But,he also watched school sports, plays, concerts and attended the clubs of the Parish. He ate in the cafeteria every day. And he personally handed out our report cards, with positive and funny comments. My parents invited him several times to our home for dinner. He was an excellent counselor and speaker. His sermons were legendary. He helped so many poor people in our Parish. Over the years he was moved around to other assignments. In the seventies he returned as our Pastor. He married many of my friends and relatives including my brother.In 2009 Father was retired but still helping out at St. Pauls and visiting the sick at St. Ann's. My brother was very sick for several months and he went every week to bring him communion and counsel him. He presided at my brothers funeral and comforted all of us. It meant a lot to me and my family to have him with us. He reminded us to never lose faith and eternal life is our reward. RIP Father Lavalle. We will never forget you.
Elizabeth Pizzurro
January 3, 2016
I first met Father when I was in the eight grade a St. Dominic school in 1957, he was a great influence on my life so much so that I named my first born after him, what a man of God. He will be missed.
Saundra Davis
January 3, 2016
I remember Father Lavelle when he was Chaplain at St Ann's Hospital. My daughter was in ICU in a coma and he visited and prayed for her everyday. I still have the prayer card from his visits.
Mary Richardson
January 3, 2016
Fr. Lavelle, you were a gift to all of us who had the privilege to know and love you. You will be greatly missed, but the lessons you taught us and the example you set for us will live on.
Michelle Mogan Morse
January 3, 2016
May god rest your soul for all eternity
Charles Rice
January 3, 2016
Fr. Lavelle knew what compassion was. He had a light and understanding way of looking at serious things. Compassion and good sense of humor were also his hallmarks. He led our retreats when I was a student at De Sales High School. He was someone I could refer people to for pastoral counseling. Later on in life I ad the honor of concelebrating a Mass with him. Fr. Bill Faiella, CSC
January 3, 2016
You will surely be missed. From a Highschool teacher to a lasting friend, since 1960 you have been not only a wonderfull Priest, but an example of Gods love. Rest in Peace, Mike and Teresa Cherup
Teresa Cherup
January 3, 2016

Our hearts are so sad about Fr. Lavelle passing on. He was a loving man and a kind priest. He helped us in so many ways, including pastoring and counseling us through my dad's long illness. My dad's funeral mass was touching and spiritual and sentimental. Fr. Lavelle was there for us. All three of our children were servers for Fr. Lavelle at St Matthias. He baptized them and gave them First Communion. We send our prayers and deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones.
I know God welcomed Fr. Lavelle with open arms. I can imagine God saying "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Patty and Bill Tanner
January 3, 2016
Father Lavelle was God's hands and heart on earth. He would always say the day we die is the most important day of our lives. Wonderful soul.
Donna Baker
January 3, 2016
Father Lavelle taught me at Bishop Fenwick High School in Lancaster Ohio in the mid-60s. In his religion class he always challenged us us and made us think.

Father took special interest in me after I suffered a disabling fall in 1967 which resulted in me being quadriplegic. He came to visit often and brought me Communion.

I always thought Father would write a book that would become a bestseller. Many of his stories were quite enlightening and were worth sharing.

Rest in peace Father Lavelle.
Kathleen Mears
January 3, 2016
I worked with Fr. Lavelle at St Ann's Hospital in Westerville. I know he touched many hearts in his service to all. Peace and prayers, Chaplain Linda Cirillo
January 3, 2016
I remember Father Lavelle from going to Hartley and at Saint Matthias.He was such a wonderful priest and friend.My children loved as much as I did. He was always so happy and kind to everyone. Rest in eternal peace in Gods arms.
Patty & Tom Firoben
January 3, 2016
Father Lavelle will be missed, I was just thinking about him the other day, Father, my Grandmother Mary Graf and and Aunt, Carole Sullivan and many more,had great times during the spaghetti dinner 's at St. Matthias.R.I.P.FATHER
Joe Moriarty
January 3, 2016
May Father Lavelle rest in peace in heaven.. Wonderful priest and teacher.. He taught us at Bishop Hartley High during the 1960's..
Carole Girard-Franz
January 3, 2016
Father Lavelle married us in 1959 at St. Agnes Parish. What a wonderful speaker and person he was. We will miss you, dear friend.
Betty & Bill Nye
Betty & Bill Nye
January 3, 2016
Fr Lavelle was a caring, kind and wonderful man. He truly loved the children at St Joan of Arc! He was a good and faithful servant!
Don & Debbie Dyson
January 3, 2016
Father Lavelle christened my son Justin and had a huge impact on so many at St. Mathias. I especially enjoyed our private talks about life in general.
Todd Alles
January 3, 2016
Father Lavelle will always have a special place in our hearts. He was always witty, joyful, sincere and inspiring with his homilys. He was a man a very humble man with courage, faith and will be missed. God now has His special angel. RIP Father Lavelle.
Karla & Tom Creamer
January 3, 2016
I remember Fr. Lavelle so well from my years at Holy Family High School. May he be smiling down from the doors of Heaven. Patricia Schluep Yerian
January 3, 2016
I worked for Fr. Lavelle for 9 years. My name then was Mary Manning from St. Agnes Parish. When he left, I left with him. Joe served his first Mass for Fr. Lavelle. We have so many heart warming memories to recall and will always keep him in our hearts. He baptized some of my children and buried my husband. Joe remembers him as an assistant pastor when St. Agnes first built their church. We will always remember his humor, but most of all his caring ways.
Joseph and Mary Schmitz
January 3, 2016
Father Lavelle married us in 1990 at St. Matthias. What a wonderful person. He will be missed. Our family loved him so much.
Kathleen Dolan-Frederick
January 3, 2016
I remember Father Lavelle from growing up in Saint Agnes Parish and later with my children at Saint Matthias Parish. He will very much be missed. Rest in Peace.
Sheila Valentine-Erdelt
January 3, 2016
My mother had hip surgery while in her late 80s and soon developed complications. Father Lavelle visited and prayed with her regularly while she was in intensive care. Our family will always be grateful for the compassion and kindness that he showed towards her.
Nancy Webb
January 3, 2016
Fr. Lavelle was such a wonderful and inspiring leader. He truly helped me through some tough life lessons. Many prayers and blessings.
Kelli Worley
January 3, 2016
Fr. Lavelle was our Pastor at St. Vincent de Paul from 1992 to 1996. I knew him well, having lunch with him many times during his retirement. We had the same birthday.....3-30-30 and I considered him my "big brother".
Julie Herman
January 3, 2016
I knew Fr. Lavelle from his time at St. Joan of Arc. Such a wonderful, humble man of God. Truly a person's father/priest.His homilies were the best. May the good Lord welcome him into heaven with open arms! RIP
Maureen G. Lovell
January 3, 2016
Father Lavelle was the epitome of a priest! I still carry a prayer card he gave to me years ago. His homilies were some of the best, full of love, compassion and forgiveness. Rest in God's loving arms now Father Lavelle. You served Him well.
Mary Pat Helvey
January 3, 2016
Jane Anne (Lowry) Wrzyszczynski.My brothers and sisters and my granparents Cecilia and Jacob Green belonged to St.Agnes and we all loved Father Lavelle. He has since touched our lives throughout the years, he will be greatly missed.
January 3, 2016
Father Lavelle will always have a special place in our hearts ...

So thankful to all of the wonderful care givers he has had the last few years.
Betsy and Steve Spittell
January 2, 2016
Father Lavelle had the best services. We have missed him for several years now. I will always remember many of his services. I can only hope I live the way he taught us. RIP Father Lavelle, I know Jesus says Welcome to my kingdom.
Byron & Mary Ann Rider
January 2, 2016
Fr. Lavelle was a great teacher of the faith he loved. He was a joyful, caring person and wants us to pass that along. May the angels lead you to paradise good and faithful servant. Amen Ruth & Wendell McNew
Ruth McNew
January 2, 2016
It is a tremendous loss for all, we both knew him personally and loved him. He was a very spiritual and most loving priest. We will miss him and always be in our hearts.
Joseph and Mary Schmitz
January 2, 2016
We will always remember Father Lavelle,for his warm smile and his great sense of humor. Around election time at the end of his homily he would always say "I am Father Lavelle and I approve this message".
Brian & Diana Davis
January 2, 2016
Father Lavelle has been a treasure to our St. Paul community. We loved his sermons, his kind smile, and his sense of humor. He will continue to be in our prayers.
John & Molly McHale
January 2, 2016
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