OBITUARIO

Reverend Richard S. Sturtz

16 enero , 193119 mayo , 2021
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Reverend Richard S. Sturtz, age 90, passed into new life on May 19, 2021, his 65th Anniversary of Ordination, at St. Joseph’s Home in Ogdensburg.

On Monday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Joseph Morgan, Vicar General and Cathedral Rector, will preside over the reception of the Body at Saint Mary’s Cathedral. Calling hours will continue until 5:00 p.m. At that time, Deacon Anthony Pastizzo will lead Evening Prayer.

Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley, Bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, May 25 at 11:00 a.m. with the priests of the diocese concelebrating. Reverend Kevin O’Brien will offer the homily. Father Sturtz will be laid to rest in the family plot at Lowville Rural Cemetery.

Richard Sturtz was born on January 16, 1931, the son of John and Anna (Bolliver) Sturtz in Lowville. After graduating from Lowville Academy and Union Free School, he began his college career at Holy Cross College in Worchester, Massachusetts in 1948. He entered seminary at Wadhams Hall in Ogdensburg in 1949. After graduation, he attended Theological College at Catholic University in Washington, DC, graduating in 1956.

Most Reverend Walter P. Kellenberg, D.D. ordained Father Sturtz on May 19, 1956 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg. Father Sturtz continued graduate studies at Catholic University earning a Master’s Degree in Library Science. His first summer after ordination, he served as parochial assistant at Immaculate Conception Church in Brownville. The summer of 1957, he was named parochial assistant at St. Andrew’s Church in Sackets Harbor.

In September 1957, he began a long and distinguished career at the diocesan seminary, Wadhams Hall, as Librarian and instructor in Religious Studies and English. While the high school seminary program existed, he taught Latin. Supporting the effort to have Wadhams Hall accredited to award degrees, he built the library from 3,000 to 50,000 volumes. He later taught Philosophy and served as Assistant Spiritual Director and Spiritual Director for the seminary. He oversaw two expansions of the library, growing the collection to nearly 100,000. Resigning as Librarian, he taught Latin and Greek. In 1996, the library was named in his honor.

Father Sturtz returned to parish life in 1983 to serve as pastor of Holy Name Church in Au Sable Forks and St. Matthew’s Church in Black Brook. In 1988, he relocated to lead St. Alexander’s Church in Morrisonville and in 1991 also began serving as pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Treadwell Mills. In 1994, Father Sturtz spent a short time as administrator of St. Henry’s Church in Long Lake and St. Therese Church in Newcomb. During a six-month sabbatical in 1995, he pursued scripture studies in Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Jordan. He served as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Schroon Lake and St. Joseph’s Church in Olmsteadville from 1995 until his retirement in 2014.

After retiring, Father Sturtz returned to Ogdensburg, living at the rectory at Notre Dame and later Saint Mary’s Cathedral. Throughout retirement he served as chaplain to the residents and staff of St. Joseph’s Home. Being unable to minister through the COVID-19 lockdown of nursing homes pained him greatly. Father Sturtz described himself as an avid skier, so-so golfer and a world traveler to over 25 countries visiting every continent beside Antarctica.

Reverend Richard Sturtz is predeceased by his parents and brother and sister-in-law John and Margaret Sturtz. He is survived by three nieces and their families, Anne Sturtz, Katherine and Patrick Morris; and their children Megan and Caitlyn, and Claire and Stephen Poulin; and their children Christopher and Nicholas; along with grand-nieces and nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be offered in Fr. Sturtz’s honor to St. Joseph’s Home in Ogdensburg. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared on line at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com

Servicios

  • Reception of the Body

    lunes, 24 mayo , 2021

  • Evening Prayer

    lunes, 24 mayo , 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    martes, 25 mayo , 2021

Recuerdos

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Amanda Kenyon

25 mayo , 2021

I met Father Sturtz three years ago at a Tabolt family funeral. He has been incredibly helpful to me and his niece, Anne, in collecting information on Tabolt family history. I'm so grateful I had the chance to write down some of his precious family memories for posterity. I have a picture forever embedded in my mind of him, as his entire countenance changed--as if he had grown a whole foot taller-- the moment I asked him to tell me a little about his grandparents. He was so cute!

Kirk Berry

25 mayo , 2021

I met Father Sturtz when he presided over the passing of a Family member at Our Lady of Lourdes church in Schroon Lake. He was so friendly and uplifting and he made a big impact on me. The beauty of this man's soul was so obvious and powerful, I knew I was in the presence of an individual so rarely encountered in life. Thank You, God for allowing me to be a small part in Father Sturtz's journey. May you Rest in Peace, sir.

Jennifer Turner

24 mayo , 2021

I will always cherish the wonderful memories of my childhood visiting Uncle Peter Riani (Father), and Father Sturtz at camp every summer in Port Douglas.. always smiling, and just being around him made you feel good... Rest in Peace Father Sturtz, you will be greatly missed..

JOHN ROSE

24 mayo , 2021

I was a student at Wadhams from 1965-68. I had the privilege of having Fr. Sturtz as my spiritual director. He was a joy-filled priest and person. I would run in to periodically at Christ the King Retreat House in Syracuse. Many, many fond memories. Father John Rose

Kelly Balash

24 mayo , 2021

The family of Frederick C. Tabolt would like to send our deepest condolences to the entire family. Father Sturtz was considered our family "Priest." A person who was kind, gentle whom truly loved his devotion to family and to his Priesthood. He was loved by many in life and will continued to be loved by his parishioners forever. He has certainly left a wonderful legacy.

Judy and Tom Spadaro

23 mayo , 2021

Our sincere condolences to the family. Fr. Sturtz was loved by our family, a wonderful blessing to my husband's parents and to us.
I could hear him singing with the angels at Mass after communion today. I will never forget him telling us not to put pressure on the new priest, when he left Our Lady of Lourdes to retire. The hymn we sang today was the one that I know he loved after communion and one we always sang. Well Fr. Sturtz, we are still singing that same hymn that you loved. God's peace be with you. We will truly miss you and will always feel your presence at Schroon Lake.


Marie Siobhan Gallagher

23 mayo , 2021

Well done, good and faithful servant. Your priestly service is appreciated by so many. Thank you. May God grant you your heavenly reward.

Rich Fanning

23 mayo , 2021

I was a student at our beloved Wadhams Hall from 1972- 1976, student senate President. I spent many hours in the wonderful library Fr. Sturtz built up to 100,000 volumes and countless other documents on microfiche. Great priest, great man, great sense of humor! Blessings to all!

Scott and Emily Boyer

22 mayo , 2021

To know Father Sturtz was to love Father Sturtz. We had the privilege to both know and grow to love Father Sturtz. He became apart of us and our family. He took special care of our grandparents at St. Joseph’s Home always sharing God’s love with them. He shared his humor and jovial blessing over our marriage. He was always quick with a smile, a few kind words, and the words “come on in have a seat, let’s talk”. The talks about our Catholic faith, families, and journeys around the world will certainly be missed. We will always cherish your memory and all the fond memories and laughs you left us with. Thank you for sharing your life, prayers, and God’s love with us. We will miss you dearly but extremely blessed to have had God lead you to Ogdensburg in the final chapter of this book. We are forever grateful for your journey to Ogdensburg and the extraordinary gift God gave us, a dear friend we call Father Sturtz.

Francine Ramirez

21 mayo , 2021

Father Sturtz was a wonderful teacher and man of God. He convalidated my marriage and brought me and my family back to Church after so many years away. He helped us understand the Gospels and God’s word, and welcomed my children to altar serve at Our Lady of Lourdes in Schroon Lake. He was a joy to have at our weekly soup socials and a great conversationalist with an awesome sense of humor! We are blessed to have known Father Sturtz and will miss him tremendously. May he rest in eternal peace 💗🙏🏻

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