Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Nealon
Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Nealon died at the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, Carrollton, OH, Oct. 12, 2012.
Father was born April 26, 1916, in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of William A., MD and Anastasia Kennedy Nealon.
He spent his youth in Pittsburgh, graduating from Peabody High School. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Duquesne University and a master's degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA.
He worked for several years as a social worker for the Department of Youth. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces at the beginning of World War II. At the time of his discharge in 1957, he had attained the rank of Major.
Father Nealon attended Sr. John Vianney Seminary, Bloomingdale, OH, and was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Steubenville on May 27, 1961. He received the Papal Title of Honorary Prelate June 18, 1973.
Monsignor served the Diocese as Director of Catholic Social Services for many years where he developed and expanded programs to aid those in need. He was a Diocesan Consultor and a member of the Diocesan School Board, Ministry to Priests Program, Diocesan Ecumenical Commission and the Council of Priests.
Father Nealon served the parishes of Holy Name Cathedral, Holy Rosary, Holy Family and St. Peter in Steubenville; Our Lady of Fatima, Brilliant; St. Francis, Malvern; St. Joseph, Tiltonsville; St. John, Miltonsburg; and St. Bernard, Beverly.
Monsignor, upon retirement from active ministry, served as Chaplain for Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, Carrollton. For over twenty years until his last illness, he was an inspiration to the sisters by his dedication to prayer and daily liturgy, his graciousness and his gratitude. He will always be remembered as a good man and a good priest.
Monsignor Nealon was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, William K.MD, Kennedy F., John K. and Francis K. He is survived by his beloved sister, Marguerite Nealon St. Clair, many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity.
Friends will be received Monday at 10 a.m. until time for services at Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Covent, 620 Roswell Rd. NW, Carrollton. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Oct. 15 at noon in Immaculate Heart Chapel of the Sisters Convent. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA.