Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Fr. Raymond Lavelle

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.