Rev. Laurence James Le Seure

BRONX, N.Y. — Rev. Laurence James Le Seure, 71, of Bronx, New York, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Larry was born on September 8, 1946, at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois, to Kenneth James and Anna Lee (Vice) Le Seure.

Survivors include one brother, Jay and wife Mary Beth, of Ottawa Illinois; a niece, Alyssa Le Seure of Cincinnati, Ohio; and a nephew, T.J. Le Seure of Indianapolis, Indiana. He was predeceased by his parents and one sister, Lisa Anne.

He was a 1964 graduate of Centralia Township High School, Centralia, Illinois; a 1968 graduate of Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana; and a 1971 graduate of Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. He also earned advanced degrees in History and Philosophy from Yale University. Rev. Le Seure was ordained into the Holy Order of Priests of the Episcopal Church on December 18th, 1971, at Christ Church, New Haven, Connecticut, by The Right Reverend Joseph Warren Hutchens, Bishop of Connecticut. During his ministry, he served parishes in the Diocese of Connecticut, the Diocese of New York, and the Diocese of Springfield (Illinois). He pastored the parishioners of St. Stephen’s Woodlawn in Bronx, New York, as Vicar from 2001 until his retirement. Beginning with his first staff position at Church New Haven, Larry’s ministry also took him to Christ Church-Tashua in Trumbull, Connecticut; Priest-In-Charge at St. John’s-Centralia and St. Thomas-Salem, both in Illinois; and as Interim Rector of Church of the Transfiguration in New York City. During a career with the Journal of Commerce, Larry served as a Celebrant at Trinity Church Wall Street. He also served several parishes, including Grace-City Island, as Supply Clergy. An accomplished Organist, it was not unusual for Larry to serve as Celebrant, present the Homily, and play a hymn.

The Very Reverend Andrew Dietsche, Bishop of New York, will preside at a Requiem Eucharist at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at in St. Stephen’s Woodlawn. Cremation was accorded by Hodder Frazenga Funeral Home of Yonkers, New York.

Funeral Services are planned to be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Centralia and will be announced at a future date. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia, Illinois.

Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with local arrangements.

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