Father Jerome P. Laubacker, O.de M.
March 17, 1944 – April 11, 2018
Reverend Jerome P. Laubacker, O.de M. Passed away peacefully on April 11, 2018. Son of the late Eugene L. & Annabelle Male Laubacker; dearest brother of the the late Donald, Howard and Patricia Ann McCormack. Loving Brother-in-law, Uncle and friend of many. Rev. Laubacker, a native of Lockport NY, entered the Mercedarian Friars (The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy) and made first profession of vows on August 16, 1966. He attended Our Lady of the Angels Seminary in Quincy Ill, Niagara University and St. Bernard’s Seminary. He was ordained a Priest on May 20, 1974. He was assigned as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Cleveland, OH. His responsibilities varied as his superiors entrusted him with duties as Vocation Director, Formator, Novice Master, Treasurer, Director of Fundraising, Director of Nolasco Retreat House and Superior for many years. In 1997 Laubacker was appointed the Vicar Provincial of his community in the USA, at the same time serving as Vice-President of the Forum of Major Superiors of men religious (Institute of Religious Life) in the USA. For many years he served as chaplain and was honored as a “faithful friar” for the Knights of Columbus (LeRoy & Batavia NY) as well as being a faithful 4th degree Knight himself. Rev. Laubacker was always of service for weekend ministry wherever he was assigned (Philadelphia, LeRoy/Buffalo, St. Petersburg) and very involved in working with and supporting the “REC Program” (Residents Encounter Christ) a prison ministry in Western NY. Rev. Laubacker was appointed pastor of Transfiguration Parish, St. Petersburg Fla. from 2001-06. In 2006 he returned to Cleveland and served as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish until his health did not permit. For the last few years he was a resident at O’Neill Health Care Center, Bay Village until his final days. Although he was physically limited due to his illnesses, Rev. Laubacker continued to “minister” to his fellow residents at O’Neill, becoming somewhat of an “in-house” chaplain for residents and staff. He was always ready to serve whomever needed to see or speak with a priest. Viewing for Rev. Laubacker will be at St. Rocco Church, 3205 Fulton Road Cleveland, Ohio 44109, on Monday, April 16 from 4pm - 8pm. Vespers will be prayed at 6:30pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Nelson Perez, Bishop of Cleveland, at St. Rocco Church on Tuesday, April 17th at 10:30am. Interment Cold Spring Cemetery, Lockport, NY Wednesday April 18 at 1pm. Friends and family are asked to meet at the Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for Masses to be offered for Rev. Laubacker. Arrangements by Craciun Berry Funeral Home 216-281-7300 Online condolences at www.craciunberryfuneral.com
- VISITATION Monday, April 16, 2018
- FUNERAL MASS Tuesday, April 17, 2018
- COMMITTAL SERVICES Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Father Jerome P. Laubacker, O.de M.
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April 16, 2018
Father Jerome had become the vocation director in the summer of 1976 when I entered the Order of Our Lady of Mercy. I remember being nervous upon meeting him and soon became at ease while we talked about vocations and religious life. He was a good priest and friend to many. As he got older he mellowed and yet he could make you laugh and cry at the same time. He had a great love for the priesthood, religious life, the Most Holy Eucharist, and Our Lady of Mercy.
Though I was only with the Mercedarians four years they have always been an integral part of my life. Growing up in St.Rocco Parish, until I was 18 years old I thought that all priests were Mercedarians because they were the only priest I had ever known until that time.
Rest now in peace Fr. Jerome and may the angels lead you into paradise. may your soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
'We have loved him in life, let us not forget him in death." - St. Augustine
Brother Raymond J. Colombaro, O. de M.
April 14, 2018
"So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. " (2 Peter 1:19)
Of all the visits that Father Jerome and I shared over the last few years, the most memorable one is when he celebrated Holy Mass in his room at Bay Village for his recently deceased sister, Patricia. It was touchingly prayerful and a privilege to witness.
Rest in peace, Father Jerome!
April 13, 2018
My prayers and sympathy to the Mercedarian family on the passing of Fr. Jerome. He had a way about him that always made me feel better when I talked to him and he always gave me good advice. I'll miss him at the Instant Bingo stand at the OLMC Festival this year. RIP Fr. Jerome