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Rev. Harry Winca

Rev.HarryWincaBROADVIEW HTS. – The Rev. Harry Winca, 96, of Broadview Heights, passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, 2014, with family by his side.

He was born on May 19, 1917, and ordained as a priest on May 26, 1945.

Father Harry served the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for more than 68 years, having been pastor emeritus at St. Edward Church in Parkman Township and St. Lucy Mission in Middlefield Village since May 19, 2002, after retiring as pastor of those parishes on his 85th birthday.

He attended St. Procopis Benedictine University in Illinois and St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland. While in his 40s, he earned his master’s degree from John Carroll University, writing his graduate thesis on school bus safety.

Father Harry served as pastor at St. Edward and St. Lucy from April 2, 1968, to May 19, 2002; parochial vicar at St. Leo the Great from June 14, 1962, to April 2, 1968; parochial vicar at St. Rita from Nov. 28, 1958, to June 14, 1962; parochial vicar at SS. Cyril & Methodist in Barberton from Jan. 7, 1955,, to Nov. 28, 1958; parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist in Akron from May 19, 1950, to Jan. 7, 1955; and parochial vicar at St. Wendelin from June 14, 1945, to May 19, 1950.

He also served as dean of Lake and Geauga counties in the 1990s.

While pastor at St. Edward, Father Harry planned and oversaw the addition of a new social hall that opened in June 2000. Parish council named the facility Rose Hall after Father Harry’s mother.

In 2011, Father Harry was featured in a video for the Catholic Community Foundation’s $125 million “Rooted in Faith – Formed in Hope” fundraising campaign and was recognized at a campaign announcement event in Akron.

He loved to travel around the world and his favorite locations included Rome and Australia.

Upon a ceremony honoring the 65th anniversary of his ordination, Father Harry said he hoped he was able to convey the message, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all the things will be handed to you.”

He also thanked all that have enhanced his life and whose lives he has enhanced.

Son of the late Frank and Rose (Krupar) Winca. Brother to John (May) Winch, Frank (Julia) Winch Jr., Jack (Jennie) Winca and The MSGR. Rev. George Winca, (all deceased).

Uncle to John Winch, Jr. (deceased), U.S. Army Capt. Gerald Winch (deceased), David Winch, Jack (Patti) Winch, Raymond (Kathy) Winch, Lorraine (Frank) Palvogyi, Frances (Edward, deceased) Vozar and Rose (John) Budd (both deceased).

He also is survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews, and very good friends of Judy and Dick Stone.

Vespers will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at St. Edward Church, 16150 Center St., Parkman, with visitation to follow until 8 p.m. There also will be visitation from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Assumption Church, 9183 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Extension or Benedict Abbey.

Arrangements through Golubski Funeral Home, Parma.

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