BLOOMFIELD – Father Francis V. Karvelis died at St Mary's Home in West Hartford on May 4, 2015, at the age of 90.
Born on July 19, 1924, in Waterbury, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary (Motiekonis) Karvelis. He graduated from St. Joseph School and Crosby High School, both in Waterbury, in 1938 and 1942, respectively. He was a pitcher on the Crosby High School baseball team for two years and played on the Crosby High School basketball team for one year. He graduated in 1944 from St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and attended St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.
He was ordained May 26, 1949, in St. Joseph Cathedral by Archbishop Henry J. O'Brien. His first parish was St. Francis of Assisi in South Windsor from 1949-58. He then went to St. Lawrence O'Toole Parish in Hartford from 1958-61. He then was a chaplain at the Cheshire Reformatory, Meriden School for Boys and Long Lane School in Middletown until 1974.
In 1974, Father Karvelis was appointed pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in West Haven, where he served until 1986. He then was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Waterbury, where he served until his retirement in 1999.
In his retirement, he assisted at St. Joseph's in Waterbury, Immaculate Conception Parish in Southington and Mary Our Queen Parish in Plantsville. He traveled throughout the state celebrating Mass in Lithuanian at several churches. He resided in Southington from 1999 until 2013 and, most recently, at the Daniel A. Cronin Residence for Retired Priests at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.
He leaves many cousins, including Helen Baltrukonis of Cheshire and John Griskauskas of Torrington. He was predeceased by his sister Eleanor Karvelis and two cousins.
A parish Mass was celebrated May 7 at St. Joseph Church in Waterbury, where Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning. Burial was to be at Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Church, 50 Charles St., Waterbury, CT 06708.