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Rev. Raymond Crosser

Rev. Raymond G. Crosser

Monday, April 7th, 1930 - Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020
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Obituary

Reverend Raymond G. Crosser, 90, Altoona died Wednesday morning July 22, 2020 at Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg.
The oldest of five children, Fr. Crosser was born on April 7, 1930 in Bellwood, son of the late Raymond C. “Butch” and Beatrice V. (Flynn) Crosser.
Surviving are three sisters, Kathleen Crosser Murray, married to Terry Murray, III of Johnstown, Constance Crosser Matuschek of Aurora, Colorado, and Joan Edith Crosser of White Plains, New York; and a brother, Jeremiah “Jerry”, married to Donna Rickabaugh, of York; nieces and nephews, Terrence Murray, III married to Melissa Brendle, Michael Murray, married to Pam Petrilla, Rebecca (Murray) Humphreys, married to Ray Humphreys, Sue Ann (Murray) Sobert, married to Paul Sobert, John Murray, married to Angela Ledbetter, Raymond Murray, married to Amy Pucharich, Mary (Matuschek) Riddle, married to Art Riddle, Robert Matuschek, married to Bridget McShane, Jennifer Matuschek, Beth (Crosser) Hagen, married to Jeffrey Hagen, Jennifer (Crosser) Lee, Amy (Crosser) Hitz, married to Todd Hitz, and Karen (Crosser) Graybill, married to Andy Graybill; grand nieces and nephews, Katie (Murray) Muller, married to Russell Muller, Patrick Murray, Jonathan Murray, Aaron Humphreys, married to Samantha Halstead, Ashton Humphreys, Craig Humphreys, Brandon Humphreys, Selene Sobert, Andre Sobert, Casey Murray, Courtney Murray, Kyle Murray, Olivia Murray, Abigail Murray, Sean Murray, Aiden Murray, Graham Riddle, Jeremiah Riddle, Quinn Matuschek, Josephine Matuschek, Shane Hagen, Ryan Hagen, Sarah Hagen, Madeline Lee, Jared Lee, Jeremiah Hitz, Elena Graybill, Lilly Graybill and Jonathan Graybill; and many great grand nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother in law, Robert Matuschek.
Fr. Crosser attended Bellwood-Antis Elementary and Middle School and in 1948, he graduated from Altoona Catholic High School. He attended St. Vincent College and Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood, May 26, 1956 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona by Bishop Richard T. Guilfoyle. Father celebrated his First Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Bellwood on May 27, 1956, his home Parish. He had the distinction of being the only native priest from that Parish.

He served as an associate pastor at St. Patrick Parish, Newry and St. Anne Parish, Claysburg (1956-1958), Immaculate Conception Parish, Lock Haven (1958-1961), St. Benedict’s Parish, Johnstown (1961-1966), and Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, Johnstown (1966). He was assigned his first pastorate in St. Agnes Parish, Beaverdale (1966-1972) then St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Bedford (1972-1989), St. Michael Parish, Hollidaysburg (1989-1991), St. Edward Parish, Barnesboro and Precious Blood, Emeigh (1991-1992), Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Altoona (1992-1995), and St. Thomas More Parish, Roaring Spring and Chapel, Claysburg (1995-1996).
He was elected twice to the Diocesan Presbyterial Council and was a Diocesan Consultor during his second term. He also served one term on the Diocesan Finance Council.
Following his retirement in 1996, Fr. Crosser assisted in St. Thomas Parish, Bedford, beginning in 2000 and was then named the Administrator of the Parish from December 2002 until July 2003. He also served as an interim in St. Stephen Parish, McConnellsburg, St. Mary Parish, Altoona, St. Mary Parish, Hollidaysburg, Our Lady Queen of Archangels Parishes in Clarence/Snow Shoe and St. Aloysius Parish, Cresson. He also filled in on weekends at several Parishes in the Diocese.
He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, Bishop Garvey Assembly No. 916. He was the Charter Chaplain and helped name the Star of the Sea Council, Knights of Columbus, Hollidaysburg. Fr. Crosser was founding Pastor and Charter Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Altoona and Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, Lock Haven, Bedford and Barnesboro.
He had served as Chaplain to the Bishop Guilfoyle High School football team beginning in 2004 under coach Marty Georgiana and Bishop Guilfoyle’s boys’ basketball team starting in 2001 under coaches, Terry Sullivan, Tom McConnell, Josh Baker and Dave Benton. On July 1, 2008, he was named by Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School as the official Chaplain of all varsity athletics. In April of 2010, he was inducted into the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School “Ring of Honor” and was also appointed to the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Athletic Advisor Board Committee.

Friends will be received from 2 to 7pm, Monday, July 27, 2020 and 9 to 10:45am, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bellwood. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bellwood, with Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, celebrant. Committal rites will be at Logan Valley Cemetery, Bellwood
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 27th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, July 27th, 2020 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    St. Joseph Catholic Church
    Address
    623 E. 3rd Street
    BELLWOOD, PA 16617
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:45am
    When
    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 9:00am - 10:45am
    Location
    St. Joseph Catholic Church
    Address
    623 E. 3rd Street
    BELLWOOD, PA 16617
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Joseph Catholic Church
    Address
    623 E. 3rd Street
    BELLWOOD, PA 16617
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Bishop Mark L. Bartchak
  • Interment

    Location
    Logan Valley Cemetery
    Address
    Stadium Drive
    BELLWOOD, PA 16617
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Sandra S.

Posted at 01:39pm
Words cannot express how deeply saddened I was to hear of Father Crosser’s passing. he was beloved by my St. Michael’s parish when he served there from 1989-1991. Father believed in young people being active in their faith and in the church. He encouraged me, a relatively shy girl at 14, to read the scripture at Sunday mass and become active in different aspects of the church most teens had no interest in. I know I happily had those interests because of who Father Crosser was-a kind, caring, down to earth, patient, humorous, and gentle soul. I never felt I was preached down to by his word. Just blessed by his thoughts and presence. He supported me outside the church and would show up occasionally to my sporting events to cheer me on. I valued his friendship and kept in touch with him as he moved to other parishes and I moved on with my life as well. I will miss our yearly holiday check-ins and phone calls. His bright smile, warm laughter, good stories (lots about golf) and great hugs. I know I wasn’t the only young person whose life was positively impacted by this lovely man of God whom I know touched the lives of any he came in contact with. I am just grateful to have known him. My heart is with his family. Our world will be less bright with him gone, but heaven more brilliant with him among the angels.
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Katie Simmons

Posted at 11:56am
Our family was blessed to have Fr. Crosser serve as our parish priest at St. Thomas in Bedford. He confirmed me and my sister when we were students at St. Thomas Catholic School. He officiated at my marriage 40 years ago this August and he came out of retirement to officiate at my father's funeral. He was a wonderful priest and a great homilist.
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