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A Final Goodbye

Dozens of fellow clergyman, The Bishop of the Scranton Diocese,
Parishioners, friends and community members all gathered at Holy
Rosary Church Monday morning to say their final goodbyes to Father
Patrick Genello…The priest who loved the Yankees, played the guitar
and always made time for the youth and the under privileged. The pews
were filled and it was standing room only as the 54 year old who died
unexpectedly last week was remembered…and his life celebrated.
Bishop Joseph Bambera was the celebrant of the funeral mass while
Father Genello’s brother, Michael, gave the eulogy. Father Genello
served parishioners at Holy Rosary church in Hazleton since 1995 and
not only prayed with them, but became their friend. He was also the
Chaplain of the Hazleton City Fire Department. Father Genello hosted
holiday dinners for the less fortunate…Many say there will never be
another Father Genello…
News 13 spoke with The Most Rev. Joseph Bambera who said It is a real
sad day for the parishioners of Holy Rosary Church, and that Father
Genello was a good and dedicated Priest, and will be sadly missed by
One of Father Genello’s parishioners Loretta Udevich told us that she
has known Genello for many years, he took his priest very simply and
very seriously and he will be deeply missed…
Following the services the Hazleton City Fire and Police Departments
provided Father Genello with a personal escort to his final resting
place in Scranton. On behalf of News 13, SSPTV and Lesante Family, our sincere
condolences to Father Genello’s family, friends and parishioners…We
know how much he will be missed by so many.

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