1948 Fr. 2020

Fr. Raymond Larussa

August 29, 1948 — November 26, 2020

Reverend Father Raymond M. Larussa, died on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at the age of 72. Son of the late Angelo C. and E. Marie (Slaughter) Larussa, he was born on August 29, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is survived by sisters Linda Green and Rita (Bill) Stepka; niece Tracy (John) Wickline and children Kyle and Emily; niece Christina (Keith) Rozanski and their children Ben, Max and Kate; and niece Amy (Doug) Bryant and child Derek. Father Larussa began his studies for the priesthood at Saint Charles Preparatory School in 1962, and continued his Philosophy studies at Saint Charles College Seminary. Father Larussa completed his undergraduate work and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1970. He earned his Theology Degree from Mount Saint Mary of the West Seminary (Norwood) in 1974, and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest at Saint Aloysius Church (Columbus) on June 2, 1974 by the Most Reverend Edward J. Herrmann, Bishop of Columbus.

During his over 46 years of dedicated priestly ministry Father Larussa served as an assistant at Christ the King Church (Columbus) with teaching assignment at Bishop Hartley High School, and associate pastor at Saint Mary Magdalene Church (Columbus) with part-time teaching assignment at Bishop Ready High School. He served as pastor at five different parishes including Saint Mary (Waverly), Saint Cecilia (Columbus), Holy Spirit (Columbus), Saint Joan of Arc (Powell) and Saint Matthias (Columbus) until his retirement in 2018.

COVID-19 pandemic precautions place limits on funeral arrangements. Visitation for Father Larussa will be held on Wednesday, December 2 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with vigil service at 6:45 led by Father Tom Petry at Shaw-Davis Funeral Home Clintonville Chapel 4341 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214. Visitation will continue at the church from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 3 before the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony Church located at 1300 Urban Dr. Columbus, OH 43229. The Mass will be live-streamed, available via the Saint Anthony Parish web site ( http://www.stanthonychurchcolumbus.org ). With limited seating in the church due to social distancing, those wishing to pay their respects to Father Larussa are encouraged to do so on Wednesday evening and to watch the funeral Mass on live-stream. The Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Columbus, will celebrate the Mass along with priests of the Diocese; the homily will be delivered by Father Tony Lonzo. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Lewis Center, Ohio. In lieu of flowers Father Larussa requested that donations be made to the Saint Joan of Arc Saint Teresa Outreach. Arrangements are in the care of Shaw-Davis Funeral Home.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

5:00 - 7:00pm (Eastern time)

Shaw-Davis Clintonville Chapel

4341 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214

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Vigil Service

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Starts at 6:44pm (Eastern time)

Shaw-Davis Clintonville Chapel

4341 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214

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Visitation

Thursday, December 3, 2020

9:30 - 10:30am (Eastern time)

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Funeral Mass

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)

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