Rev. Harold R. Stockert

R ev. Harold Richard Stockert, age 78, passed away at his home on May 29, 2014 after a long illness.
Father Hal was born on May 13, 1936, in Charbonneau, N.D., the son of the late Frank and Marie (Froehlich) Stockert.
Father Hal was an extremely brilliant man. He held degrees in history and physics; as well as his Masters in Theology. He was able to handle any electrical task one could think of. He had a desire to learn many things, which ranged from nuclear physics to genealogy. His home was lined with shelves containing books of wide ranging topics.
He was a devout Roman Catholic and came by the priesthood gradually and only after many years studying science. He spoke Russian and German before learning English as that was the language spoken by his family. He was also fluent in Slovak, Czechoslovakian, Polish and most romance languages. He expressed that he always felt “comfortable” in the Byzantine Rite of the Church because this is his heritage and he had an understanding of the people he served.
Father Hal attended St. John’s College in Minnesota at the age of 16 and graduated with double majors in Physics and History and minors in Philosophy and English. He devoted a year of his life to travel and think. This led him to attending seminary at St. Cyril Methoduis Seminary in Pittsburgh, Penn., for the Byzantine Rite.
On April 23, he had celebrated 51 years in the priesthood. He was the retired Pastor of STs Peter and Paul Church in Granville, NY
Father Hal is survived by three sisters: Eileen Schmidt and her husband Ray of Kansas and their children Doug, Dan, Dave and Dianna; Marilyn Keller and her husband Dan of Florida and Virginia Pinard of New Hampshire and her children Jason and Zachary. In addition he is survived by many cousins throughout the globe.
A Funeral Service for a Priest will be held on Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at STs Peter and Paul Church, 2 Park St., Granville, N.Y. with public visitation till 9 p.m. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated with The Most Reverend Kurt Burnette, Bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic as the main celebrant, on Wednesday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at STs Peter and Paul Cemetery in Middle Granville.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert M King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville, N.Y.

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