Father John Edward Reiss Obituary

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On Friday, October 5, 2018, Father John Edward Reiss, age 79, passed into his Heavenly reward in St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center in Columbiana, Ohio. 

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 12, 1939 to the late Joseph and Emma (Wolf) Reiss.

It was there, in his native Pittsburgh, that Father Reiss attended St. Martin Elementary and High Schools. Father Reiss then attended Immaculate Conception College in Troy, New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He also earned a Master of Science Degree from Fordham University in New York and completed seminary studies at Mount Alverna Seminary in Wappingers Falls, New York and Washington Theological Consortium in Washington, D.C.

Father Reiss was ordained as a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Immaculate Conception (New York) on May 24, 1969, by Bishop John McShea. He was incardinated as a priest of the Diocese of Youngstown in September 2001.

Prior to coming to Youngstown, Father Reiss served as a high school chaplain, religion teacher, guidance counselor, retreat master and pastoral associate. From 1970-1973 he taught religion at Cardinal Mooney High School and served as weekend Mass presider at St. Paul, New Middletown, Our Lady of Lourdes, East Palestine, St. Patrick, Leetonia and SS Cyril and Methodius parishes. In 1993, he was appointed a member of the staff of the Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted in Youngstown. In 2002, he was appointed pastor of Holy Name Parish in addition to Our Lady of Hungary Parish both in Youngstown. Father Reiss retired March 1, 2006.

Father Reiss is survived by his sisters, Mary Zorn, Catherine Herman, Elizabeth Klemmer, Julia Mayer and Clare Donehue and his brother, Edward Reiss.  

Besides his parents, Father Reiss was preceded in death by his sisters, Anna Mae Schmalz and Mary M. Reiss. 

A calling hour will be held at the Ascension Worship Site of St. Philip Parish, 114 Berry Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, on Wednesday, October 10 from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated for Father John Reiss, at 11:00 a.m.

Interment in St. Martin Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Anthony G. Staab Funeral Home, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA with local coordination by Cremation & Funeral Service by Gary S. Silvat, Inc., Austintown, Ohio.

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