Rev. J. Everett Denesha, 87, died on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Samaritan Keep Nursing Home, Watertown, NY after a long illness. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Raymonds Church, Raymondville, NY with Most Reverend Terry LaValley, Bishop of Ogdensburg presiding, and the priests of the diocese concelebrating. The homilist will be Msgr. John Murphy, pastor of the Church of the Visitation, Norfolk, St. Andrews, Norwood and St. Raymonds, Raymondville.
There will be the reception of the body by Fr. Andrew Amyot, retired pastor of the Church of the Visitation, Norfolk on Monday at 4 p.m. at St. Raymonds Church. Calling hours will conclude at 8 p.m. with Night Prayer led by Msgr. John Murphy. Calling hours will continue Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Constable at 3:30 p.m. Arrangements are with the Phillips Memorial Home, Massena.
Fr. Denesha was born in Constable, NY on March 20, 1926 son of the late Floyd and Adelina Martin Denesha. After graduating from St. Josephs Ursuline Academy in Malone, NY, Father entered Wadhams Hall Seminary in 1943, concluding his theological studies at St. Marys Seminary in Baltimore, Md. In October 1946, he was ordained at St. Patricks Church, Chateaugay (our current Cathedral was under construction) by Bishop Bryan J. McEntegart.
Fr. Deneshas first assignment was a seven year term as assistant pastor at St. Marys Cathedral in Ogdensburg. He also served as an assistant at St. Johns in Plattsburgh and Administrator in West Chazy. In 1958, he was named pastor in St. Matthews, Black Brook and ten years later as pastor of St. Raymonds in Raymondville. That same year Father was named diocesan Vicar for Religious, a position he held until 1978. In 1972, he became pastor in St. James, Gouverneur. He was then appointed Administrator of Church of the Sacred Heart, Crown Point, later of St. John the Baptist, Madrid and finally, in St. Raymonds , Raymondville. In 1975, Father was named pastor of that parish and remained pastor until his retirement in 2007.
An accomplished musician, Fr. Denesha directed the choir at St. Marys Cathedral and taught music at Wadhams Hall. He was also Chair of the Diocesan Music Committee. He served as a member of the Board of Consultors in 1983 and a member of the Council of Priests.
After his retirement, Father moved to the Sisters of St. Josephs Infirmary in Watertown, NY. He was predeceased by two sisters who were Ursuline Sisters: Sr. Marie Paul Denesha and Sr. Christine Denesha.
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