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521 West Main St
NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
Phone: (413) 663-6523
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Rev. Joseph Romano

Rev. Joseph E. Romano

Sunday, October 18th, 1936 - Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
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Reverend Joseph E. Romano, 82 passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Bayfront Health in Brooksville, Florida. He was born in Rutland, Vermont on October 18th, 1936 to Joseph E. Romano Sr. and Veronica Greeno Romano. He was the oldest of 4 children, Marilyn Buckley, Charles, and Steve. His siblings live in Pittsfield, MA.
He attended Peter’s Elementary School. He graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in 1955. After go forward from MSJ, Fr. Joe graduated from Saint Michael’s College, the Pontifical University of Montreal, and the University of Hawaii. Throughout his years as a student he earned degrees in philosophy and theology, Masters of Arts in Education, and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology.
Fr. Romano was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest by Bishop Robert F. Joyce on May 24, 1963 at Saint Peter’s Church in Rutland. During the past 48 years he had served many parishes in Vermont including those in Burlington, Chittenden, Essex Junction, Montpellier, Northfield, Orwell, Pittsford, Proctor, Richford, and Springfield. His roles included associate Pastor, Religious Education Coordinator, Pastor and Diocesan Director of the Cursillo Movement.
Fr. Joe served as a Navy Chaplain from 1969 to 1973. He was assigned to hospital duty and worked with psychiatric patients. When ashore, he worked in the drug rehabilitation clinic. He served two tours in the Vietnam War for which he was awarded medals from both the US and Vietnam Governments. From 1979-1983 he supervised 4 chaplains with the Third Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan. He was also appointed to the Naval Training Command in Orlando, Florida where he supervised religious education programs for some 800 students. He prepared Religious Lay Leaders of all faiths for religious duties while at sea in the absence of a chaplain.
After several heart attacks Father Joe was discharged from the Navy for medical reasons. He retired with the rank of Commander. During his recovery time, Father perused a degree in Clinical Psychology. With this degree he worked part time helping the adolescent and adult population. Along with this effort, Father served as a retreat master and presenter of workshops on psychology and religion. In 1993, Fr. Joe’s health had improved to the extent that he returned to pastoral ministry, as pastor of Saint Alphonsus Parish in Pittsford, Vermont.
On July 1, 2011 Father retired from active ministry with the status of senior priest. Wanting to be close to his family, Father retired to the Berkshires, namely Cheshire. Father continued his ministry by helping out in the parishes in Berkshire County and he was a member of UNICO of Pittsfield. Father’s favorite saying was: “When God forgives, He forgets. As our God is always forgiving, so must we.”
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral Services for Father Joseph E. Romano who died July 2, 2019 will be Tuesday, July 9, 2019 with a concelebrated Liturgy of Christian Burial at 12:00 P.M. Noon at St. Joseph’s Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield. Father Romano will repose at St. Joseph’s Church Tuesday, from 10:00 A.M. to the time of the Mass. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Unico of Pittsfield in care of the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St., Pittsfield, MA 01201 who is in charge of arrangements. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Joseph's Church
    Address
    414 North St.
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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  • Service

    Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Joseph's Church
    Address
    414 North St.
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. Joseph's Cemetery
    Address
    222 Peck's Rd.
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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Ruth Ann Muha (a.k.a Ruth Ann Curavoo)

Posted at 04:44pm
Father Romano family,
So sorry for your loss, hope all goes well. May father Romano R.I.P. I remember when he baptized me on Easter Vigil when I was only in the 7th grade at Saint Alphonsus Church in Pittsford Vermont.
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ed barewicz

Posted at 06:57am
Dear Marilyn, Charlie and Steve, I am sorry that we cannot be with you as you send Fr. Joe off to his heavenly reward. We shared many fun times at camp and in Rutland over the years. I will always have many fond memories. May God bless you and know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Ed and Dorothy
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Andy Pozzoni

Posted at 10:42am
To Reverend Joseph E. Romano's family,
Our condolences to the family. Father Joseph was a wonderful person and we appreciated his support as a member of UNICO. He will be missed.
Andrea and Lorenza Pozzoni
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Patrick & MArie Gormalley

Posted at 08:16am
To Father Roman's Family,
We were so sorry to read of Father's passing.We always enjoyed having him fill-in at Sacred Heart Church.The last few times he was there he told us,over coffee at Java,all about his upcoming move to Florida.Jokingly we asked when we could visit and he replied..."after December!" His sermons were stimulating and his smile was captivating.He also told a "good yarn" or two!!!! Rest in peace,Father. Our sympathy and condolences to his family.
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