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September 19, 2012

Former St. Anthony pastor dies

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Father Louis F. Della Neve, a former pastor at St. Anthony Church, died Sunday at Briody Health Care Facility. He was 84.

Della Nave was named pastor at St. Anthony in 1978 and remained there for 20 years, retiring in 1998.

He celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood in June.

Della Nave was born in Buffalo on Feb. 25, 1928 to Rocco and Angelina Della Neve. He attended St. Bonaventure University, where he earned his bachelor of arts degree. He then entered Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure.

He was ordained on June 7, 1952 by Bishop Joseph A.Burke, D.D. at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. His first assignment was in 1952 as a missionary apostolate ar St. Helen in Hinsdale.

From 1953 through 1956, he served as an assistant at St. Lawrence parish in Buffalo, St. Joseph parish in Niagara Falls, St. James in Jamestown and then back to St. Joseph. He remained at St. Joseph until 1963 when he was assigned as an assistant at St/ John in Jamestown.

In 1964 he moved to Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Buffalo.

Della Neve was given his first pastor assignment in 1968, at Our Lady of Loreto, Falconer. After a five-year assignment there, he was given a five-year pastor assignment back at St. James in Jamestown, before embarking on a 20-year stay at St. Anthony.

Survivors include three brothers, Anthony (Charmaine) of (New Jersey, Domenick in Hamburg, and Charles, who resides in Amherst; two sisters, Mary Szeglowski of West Seneca and Lucy (Jack) Etzel of Maryland, a sister-in-law, Fay Della Neve; plus several nieces and nephews.

Father Della Neve will lie in state on Thursday from 3-7 p.m., and on Friday from 10-11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport.

St. John the Baptist Church will also be the site of his funeral, which will take place Friday at 11 a.m.

The Celebrant will be Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop emeritus of Buffalo.

Burial will be at  Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kenmore.

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