FULL OBITUARY: Father John R. Roos, 86, Catholic pastor


“Well done, good and faithful servant 
enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

St. Matthew 25:23

Father John R. Roos, 86, Pastor

At Cooperstown, Other Parishes

Retired Bishop Hubbard To Preside At Cooperstown Funeral

Editor’s Note:  This is the complete obituary for Father John R. Roos, released a few minutes ago by the funeral directors.

Father John R. Roos
(Dennis Laughlin photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Father John R. Roos, 86, of Cherry Valley, who served Catholic churches in Cooperstown, Cherry Valley, Springfield Center and Sharon Springs, passed away Tuesday night, Jan. 3, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica following a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Albany, a son of the late Frank and Katherine (Purcell) Roos.  A graduate of Vincentian Institute, Father Roos was ordained to priesthood on July 17, 1955, (The Feast of Our Lady of Humility) at the Church of Twelve Apostles in Rome, Italy.

His first assignment was at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. He completed graduate studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he studied canon law, and served as secretary the Diocesan Tribunal. He later taught and was rector at Mater Christi Seminary in Albany.

His entry into parish priesthood began as pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Scotia. He served on brief temporary loan to the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska, then returned to his native New York State and served as pastor of St. James Church in Fort Plain and Annunciation Church in Ilion.

Upon the retirement of Father John Sise in 1991, Father Roos was named pastor of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church in Cooperstown. One of his first acts was to appoint a Parish Council to assist with church spiritual, social and economic functions.

Later in his ministry, it was under his guidance that the Eucharistic Minister program at Bassett and the St. Mary’s Bereavement ministry was begun and flourished.

Father Roos preaches from St. Thomas the Apostle’s pulpit in Cherry Valley. (Dennis Laughlin photo)

He retired June 30, 2000, and went on to serve as sacramental minister at St. Thomas the Apostle in Cherry Valley, Blessed Sacrament in Springfield Center and St. Mary’s in Sharon Springs.  He resided for a time in Cobleskill and more recently made his home at the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home in Cooperstown.

On June 14, 2015, he celebrated his 60th (Diamond) Anniversary of Ordination to the priesthood in the company of  the Revs. John P. Rosson and Andrew W. Cryans (who celebrated their Ruby Anniversaries) and Rev. Gregory Weider in a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Mary’s in Cooperstown.

Father Roos once stated, “There’s a quote I’ve always liked: ‘If Jesus is for real, things fit.  Without Him, nothing makes any sense at all.’”

An avid fan of the New York Yankees, he equally enjoyed Notre Dame and Syracuse University athletic events. He loved to sing – his chanting during Mass was always impressive and meaningful – and at various times he could often be heard humming to himself.

He also had a passion for chocolate, enjoyed corned beef sandwiches, pansies, smoking his pipe and reading. He always enjoyed talking with friends and family and appreciated the visits, gifts, cards and calls throughout his life from parishioners and friends far and wide, especially in the last weeks of his life.

Father Roos will be fondly remembered by many faithful parishioners for his kind, understanding, humble and calming presence.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Father Robert E. Roos, who died Oct. 1, 2003.

Father Roos at play: celebrating Mardi Gras in 2012. (Dennis Laughlin photo)

Father Roos is survived by his brother, Joseph F. Roos and wife, Ann, of East Syracuse, and is the uncle of Joseph F. Roos, Jr. and wife Jennifer and their sons, Ryan, Sean and Evan of Fayetteville. Many cousins and friends and his extended church family survive him.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at St. Mary’s in Cooperstown. The Most Rev. Howard J. Hubbard, D.D., bishop emeritus of Albany will celebrate the Mass.

The Reception of the Body will be at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, also at St. Mary’s, where he will lie in repose and people may pay their respects until 7 p.m.

Vespers will be held Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Church.

The Service of Committal and Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie, where Father Roos will be laid to rest in the family plot.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of Peter A. Deysenroth and Martin H. Tillapaugh, funeral directors.






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