Rev. Paul J. Slavetskas, 69, is now at peace with the Lord after a long illness. He passed away on Nov. 27, 2015.
Father Slavetskas is predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Rosalie Slavetskas; a sister, Joan; and a brother, Michael. He is survived by Rita Slavetskas and Emil Michaux, Anne Marie and Les Distin, James and Kim, Remy and Sherry, Joseph and Vickie, Sue (Kodey) Slavetskas; several nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Birte Paterson.
Father Slavetskas graduated from St. Patrick’s School, Binghamton; St. Andrew’s, Rochester, N.Y.; and St. Bernard’s Seminary, Rochester. He was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, N.Y. on June 26, 1971. His assignments included St. Mary’s, Cortland; Blessed Sacrament, Johnson City; St. Ann’s and St. Paul’s, Binghamton; St. Daniel and Most Holy Rosary, Syracuse; Unity Acres (Home for Homeless Men) Orwell, N.Y.; and St. John the Baptist, Syracuse. He was chaplain for the Catholic Daughters of Cortland, N.Y. and part-time chaplain at Our Lady of Lourdes and Wilson Hospital. He was a full-time chaplain to the nursing homes of the Triple Cities and James Square Nursing Home.
A Memorial Mass for Father Slavetskas will be celebrated on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton. Bishop Robert J. Cunningham will be the main celebrant.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Church Memorial Fund, 1 Aquinas St., Binghamton, N.Y. 13905.