The Rev. Leo A. Lynch

Nov. 5, 1952 – Jan. 16, 2020


The Rev. Leo A. Lynch, 67, Hollidaysburg, passed away Thursday at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Leo C. and Matilda (Fiore) Lynch.

Surviving are a brother, Dr. James Lynch and wife, Karen, of Greensburg; a sister, Leah Giurfa and husband, Giuseppe, of Arnold, Md.; niece and nephew: Rachel and James Lynch Jr.; a nephew, Joseph Giurfa; a niece, Daniela Farabaugh; and many cousins.

Leo was a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School and continued his education at Saint Francis University and then at Pontifical College Josephinum Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, where he received a Master of Theology degree. He had previously been an elementary school teacher in the Altoona Catholic Schools (Sacred Heart Catholic School, McNelis Catholic School and St. Therese Catholic School).

Leo was ordained on May 15, 1983, by Bishop Joseph Adamec at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona.

He served at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, as parochial vicar from 1993-95; St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona, in residence and Hospital Ministry, from 1995-96; Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Altoona, in residence from 1996-2003 and Hospital Ministry from 1996-97; Chaplain at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School from 1997-99, and principal of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School from 1999-2004; Our Lady of Fatima, Altoona, administrator from 2003-04 and chaplain at SCI Smithfield from 2004-10; St. Joseph Catholic Church, Williamsburg, pastor from 2004-10; St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Roaring Spring, pastor, from 2011-19; and retired in November of 2019.

He enjoyed cooking, especially Italian food, football, visiting Rome, March Madness basketball and was a great supporter of athletics.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. Friends will also be received from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, followed by a 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass, the Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak celebrant. Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Leo’s memory to the Sisters of IHM, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. The Sisters, Servants of Mary, were instrumental in Leo’s Christian Formation at the Mount Carmel School.