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Very Reverend Protopresbyter Ronald A. Hazuda

July 18th, 1935 - May 5th, 2017

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          Very Reverend Protopresbyter Ronald A. Hazuda, age 81, Fell Asleep In The Lord on Friday, May 5, 2017.  Born July 18, 1935 in Coaldale, PA he was a son of the late George, Sr. and Bertha (Medinci) Hazuda.

          He graduated from Nesquehoning High School and attended Penn State University and Christ the Saviour Seminary in Johnstown, PA where he graduated with a Licentiate of Theology.  He later graduated from Gannon University with his B.A. Degree.

          Father Ronald was ordained into the Holy Priesthood on June 8, 1958.  He served his first pastorate as administrator of SS. Peter & Paul Church in Newark, NJ for 14 months.  In 1959 he was assigned to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church where he served as pastor for over 52 years until his retirement in 2011. Upon retirement, he was named Pastor Emeritus of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.  He concurrently served as pastor of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Corry, PA for 58 years.

          He served the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese as treasurer and consistory board member for over 34 years and for 28 years was the director of the diocesan pension fund.  Under his direction, St. Nicholas Church underwent many building projects including construction of a new rectory, renovation of the Church interior and the erection of a new Iconostas.  Also during his tenure three sons of the parish entered the Holy Priesthood.

          Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pani V. Dolores Hazuda, who Fell Asleep in the Lord on June 30, 2006; two brothers, George Hazuda, Jr. and John Hazuda; and a sister, Mary Opreskoe.

          Survivors include his loving children, Tamara L. Kloss, husband John W., of North East and George A. Hazuda of Millcreek; a grandson, Alexander Hazuda; two sisters, Anna Thear and Pani Eleanor Polanichka, husband Very Reverend Protopresbyter Michael; and also survived by many nieces, nephews, and godchildren.

          Friends are invited to call at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 1123 East Ave., on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Priest Parastas will be served at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. The Requiem of Divine Liturgy will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m.  Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, Hierarch of the Carpatho-Russian Diocese of Johnstown will preside.  The Youngstown Deanery and the Diocesan Clergy will participate.

          Burial will follow at St. Nicholas Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Christ the Saviour Seminary Library Fund, 225 Chandler Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15906 or spiritual gifts to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 1123 East Ave., Erie, PA  16503.  Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, Pine Ave. Branch, 845 East 38th St. is handling arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com.