PITTSBURGH — YESTER – Father Antonius William, TOR, 81, died Oct. 13, 2011, at Vincentian Home, Pittsburgh. Born Sept. 4, 1930, in McKeesport, son of the late William and Teresita (Wernke) Yester. Also preceded in death by sister, Erma Devlin. Survived by sister, Teresita Wadsworth; and other family members, friends and his Franciscan community. Father Antonius was educated at St. Mary’s Grade School and St. Peter’s High School, McKeesport, and pursued higher education at Marquette University, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science. Later, he attended St. Francis University, Loretto, and The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and completed his theological studies at St. Francis Seminary, Loretto. After service in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, Father Antonius entered the postulant program of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis in Loretto in 1957. He became a novice at Portiuncula Friary in Washington in 1958 and professed his first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in 1959. He made his solemn profession of vows in 1962, into the hands of the Very Rev. Kevin Keelan, Minister Provincial. Father was ordained to the priesthood in 1964 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, by the Most Rev. J. Carroll McCormick, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Following his priestly ordination, Father Antonius was assigned to Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he taught Scripture, theology and political science, and then to St. Francis University to teach sacramental theology and political science. In 1969, Father Antonius began his ministry in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. While residing in St. Luke’s Church, Carnegie, he was campus minister at Point Park College. He continued campus ministry in 1971 and assisted the parish ministry of the Franciscan community at St. John the Evangelist Church. In the summer of 1971, he also served as chaplain at St. Joseph and South Side hospitals. In 1974, he expanded the scope of his campus ministry by serving the students of Robert Morris College, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Community College of Allegheny Country and Point Park College. Father Antonius developed his ministry even further in the late 1970s and early 1980s by engaging in young adult ministry at a center in downtown Pittsburgh sponsored and funded by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. In addition to teaching courses in Scripture and sacramental theology, he developed prayer and study groups and involved students in social concerns such as having them visit geriatric units of local hospitals, giving reading lessons to county jail inmates and working with people in areas of poverty. For the past 20 years, Father assisted with pastoral ministry at various parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, including St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Munhall; St. Albert the Great Church, Baldwin Borough; and most recently at Holy Sepulcher Church, Glade Mills. Throughout the long course of his Franciscan and priestly life, the many people served by Father Antonius – college students, young adults and men and women of every age and walk of life – will remember him as a man of patience and compassion, a teacher who imparted life’s valuable lessons, a preacher who studied the Word of God and connected it to the needs of the human family. Regardless of the challenges he himself faced in his ministry, he accepted them with understanding, good humor and common sense. Friends will be received from 3 p.m. until time of vigil service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Chapel of St. Francis Friary, Loretto, where Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, with the Very Rev. Christian R. Oravec, TOR, Minister Provincial of the Sacred Heart Province, as principal concelebrant. Following the Mass, burial rites will be conducted at the Franciscan Friars Cemetery on the campus of St. Francis University. Arrangements by Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin.
- District Deaths July 26, 2014
Beverly A. (Ling) Kocis
KOCIS – Mrs. Beverly A. (Ling), 77, died July 24, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Nathan M. Kubat
KUBAT – Nathan M., 29, Johnstown, went home to be with his Lord and Savior July 23, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Charles Wesley Moonly Jr.
MOONLY – Charles Wesley Jr., Mount Pleasant, S.C., passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
- Funerals July 26, 2014
- District Deaths July 25, 2014
Clara Murphy Bond Bell
BELL – Clara Murphy Bond, Windsor, N.C., and Edenhouse in Bertie County, N.C., died Monday, July 21, 2014.
Fred G. Biller
BILLER – Fred G., 91, Cresson, died July 24, 2014, at Our Lady of The Alleghenies Residence, Hollidaysburg.
John R. Haywood
HAYWOOD – John R., 82, Richland Township, went to be with the Lord July 24, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
David G. Hull Jr.
HULL – David G. “Too Tall” Jr., 60, South Fork, died July 23, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
KRISKO – Stephan “Tib,” 89, passed away July 22, 2014, at home.
Elizabeth Anne Muncert
MUNCERT – Elizabeth Anne, 86, Johnstown, passed away July 23, 2014, at The Lutheran Home at Johnstown.
SCHULLER – Sadie, 85, Moxham, lost her battle with cancer July 23, 2014, at home.
Mary Grace Spodinak
SPODINAK – Mary Grace, 87, Johnstown, died July 24, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home.
Nancy L. (Adeline) Yoder
YODER – Nancy L. (Adeline), 75, formerly of Tire Hill, died July 21, 2014, at her home at Richland Towers.
- Funerals July 25, 2014
- District Deaths July 24, 2014
Thomas Barton Jr.
BARTON – Thomas Jr., 87, Central City, died July 21, 2014, at home.
Dorothy B. Bermosk
BERMOSK – Dorothy B., 87, Johnstown, passed away July 20, 2014, at Golden Living Center.
Leland Doyle Carney Jr.
CARNEY – Leland Doyle Jr. “Junior” or “Lee,” 77, Pomaria, S.C., formerly of Seward, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 21, 2014.
Ernest R. Contrillo
CONTRILLO – Ernest R., 61, Pittsburgh, formerly of Central City, died July 20, 2014.
Cecelia C. Duncan
DUNCAN – Cecelia C. “Sue,” 78, Johnstown, died July 22, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
- More Obituaries Headlines