Reverend Father Roy R. Schubert, a retired priest of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Mt. Macrina Manor in Uniontown, Pa., where he had been a resident for the past several years. Father Roy was born on Dec. 17, 1935 and his early years were spent in Beaverdale, Pa. As a young teenager he moved to Pittsburgh, Pa. where he attended George Westinghouse High School. He graduated with honors.
He entered the Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in the autumn of 1955. During his seminary years, Father also attended Duquesne University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was ordained to the priesthood by then-Bishop Nicholas T. Elko on April 23, 1963. His first parochial assignment was as assistant at Holy Ghost Parish in McKees Rocks, Pa. He also taught religion at the parochial school there.
Three years later Father Roy was assigned to St. Nicholas Church in Detroit, Mich. Returning to the Archeparchy, he served as administrator of St. Michael Church in Sheffield, Pa. from 2004 until his retirement from active
ministry in 2014.
Father Roy lay in state at the Protection of the Mother of God (St. Mary) Byzantine Catholic Church in Beaverdale, Pa. on Monday, July 29. The funeral service for a priest was celebrated that evening by Very Rev. Andrew J. Deskevich. In attendance were Most Rev. John M. Kudrick; Very Revs. James A. Spontak, Ronald P. Larko, David A. Bosnich and Vasyl Polyak; Rev. Fathers Michael J. Huszti, Robert J. Karl, Edward J. Pyo, Abbot Leo R. Schlosser; and Deacons Paul M. Boboige, Daniel F. Perich and Raymond J. Zadzilko.
The funeral Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Metropolitan William C. Skurla on Tuesday morning, July 30. Concelebrants were Very Revs. James A. Spontak and David A. Bosnich; and Rev. Fathers Edward J. Pyo and Ivan Rusyn. Very Rev. Andrew J. Deskevich served as Master of Ceremonies, and Rev. Fathers Robert J. Karl, Father Robert F. Oravetz, James A. Ragan, and William Rupp were in attendance. Deacon Daniel F. Perich assisted.
Interment followed in the parish cemetery in Beaverdale. Father Roy was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather, his wife Patricia Ann Renshaw Schubert, and stepson John. He is survived by his stepsons William, James, David and Steven Renshaw, their wives and children.
In blessed repose, grant O Lord eternal rest to the soul of your servant the priest Roy and render eternal his memory!