WINDSOR – Father Genaro J. Testa, 91, formerly of Windsor, passed away on Feb. 17, 2013, at Union General Hospital in Blairsville, Ga.
He was born on March 28, 1921, in Hartford, a son of the late Joseph and Vita (Pezzullo) Testa. He grew up in the Wilson section of Windsor and was the first member of St. Gertrude Parish there to be ordained a priest. He studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.
He was ordained on May 15, 1947, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by then-Bishop Henry J. O’Brien. He served as assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Stamford, St. Mary in Derby, St. Mary in Windsor Locks, St. Mary in East Hartford, St. Ann in Hamden, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Waterbury and Holy Rosary in Ansonia.
He was the administrator and co-pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in East Haven. In 1980, Father Testa was appointed to St. John the Evangelist Parish in Watertown. In 1987, he retired and moved to Florida, where he ministered at St. Andrew Parish in Cape Coral. Over the years, Father Testa served as a chaplain to the Connecticut State Police, Italian American Club in Cape Coral and the New Haven County Sheriff’s Association.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Pasquale, John, James and Fran; and his sisters Vera Testa, Cecilia Parsons, Mary Deronk, Ann MacNeil and Margaret Russo.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on March 1 at St. Gertrude Church. Burial followed in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.