REV. MONSIGNOR CHARLES D. RAGER
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. - The Rev. Msgr. Charles D. Rager, 58, of Dmitri Manor, Hollidaysburg, and a native of Twin Rocks, died April 11, 1998, at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Born Aug. 22, 1939, in Twin Rocks, he was a son of the late Edward J. and Verona E. (Woodling) Rager Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward J. Rager Jr.
He is survived by brothers, James H. Rager, Putney, Vt., Robert Rager, Vancouver, Wash., Thomas Rager, Littleton, Colo.; a sister, Mary Lekewa, Wichita, Kan.; aunts, June Greene, Twin Rocks, and Dorothy Falatic, Warren, Ohio; an uncle, Robert Woodling, Warren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Msgr. Rager was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, on May 20, 1967, by the Most Rev. Bishop James J. Hogan, D.D. A 1961 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a B.A. in Education, he had also attended St. Francis Seminary. He received a bachelor degree in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America, and later an M.A. in Counseling & Guidance from the University of Detroit.
He had served the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese in the following appointments: 1967-68 at Bishop Guilfoyle High School, Altoona, with residency at St. Mark's Parish; 1968-79 at Bishop McCort High School, Johnstown, with residence at St. Andrew's Parish; and in 1979-80 he had served as Associate Pastor of St. Andrews until his appointment as Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Everett, in 1980.
On April 1, 1992, Msgr. Rager retired due to health, but he continued service with administration of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish at Beans Cove, Bedford County. On Feb. 16, 1994, Pope John Paul II elevated Fr. Rager to the Chamberlain of Holiness as a Monsignor.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated by Most Rev. Bishop Joseph V. Adamec on April 16 at Msgr. Rager's home parish of SS. Timothy & Mark in Twin Rocks, Cambria County.
A Month's Mind Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, May 8, at the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Beans Cove, concelebrated by the Rev. Bernard White, parochial administrator, and priests of the diocese. Following the Mass, remarks will be offered by Rev. Ed Andrews. (Cumberland Times-News, Cumberland, MD)