WATERBURY – Father Ronald L. Genua, 78, entered into eternal rest on May 29, 2015, at Paradigm Health Care in Waterbury.
He was born in Waterbury on Aug. 28, 1936, a son of the late Antonio and Mary Dellano Genua. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury and St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and earned his degree in theology from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.
He was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1965, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by the late Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien. He served at St. Thomas in Goshen, St. Anthony in Bristol, Our Lady of the Assumption in Woodbridge and St. Peter in Torrington, was co-pastor at Sacred Heart in Waterbury, assistant pastor at St. Lucy in Waterbury and Blessed Sacrament in Waterbury and spiritual director at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury.
He served as pastor of St. Francis Xavier in New Milford and parochial vicar at St. Thomas in Southington before being named pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Ansonia in 2000, where he served until his retirement in 2005.
He served in the Army National Guard, earning the rank of lieutenant.
Father Genua is survived by his sisters, Barbara Dowling of Middlebury and Janice Genua of Poquoson, Va., and several cousins. A parish Mass was celebrated June 2 at Holy Rosary Church, where Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial June 3. Burial with military honors was in Mount St. Peter Cemetery in Derby.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rev. Carlos Garces Scholarship Fund, c/o Holy Rosary Church, 10 Fr. Salemi Drive, Ansonia, CT 06401; or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.