June 26, 2010

Obituary for the Rev. Mr. Ralph S. Brisson

PINCONNING - The Rev. Mr. Ralph S. Brisson, 62, a deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, died Thursday, June 24, 2010.

Born in Cambridge, Mass.,on July 28, 1947 to Raymond L. and  Lucy (Mercier) Brissonm, he married Sharman Catanzano on July 24, 1971 in Reading, Mass., she survives him.

Ralph worked for the Boys Scouts of American in Massachusetts and New Jersey. He attended Salem State University in Salem, Mass., and Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and received his master's degree in theology. He was ordained as a permanent deacon on June 2, 1984 in the Diocese of Metuchin, N.J.

Deacon Brisson has served at Christ the King, Manville, N.J.; St .James, Omaha, Neb.; St. Patrick, Elkhorn, Neb.; and Ss. Peter & Paul,Saginaw. Since 2006, he has served as pastoral administrator at St. Michaels, Pinconning. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and parish men’s club.

He is survived by his wife, Sharman, of 38 years,their children: John-Paul Brisson and his fiancée Kayla Walterman of Nebraska, Marni and Chris Tierno of Pennsylvania, Cheri and Joe Salazar of Michigan, and Audri and Jeff Perron of Massachusetts; his grandchildren: Joey, Rosalie, Liana and another due in September; his mother, Lucy Brisson of New Hampshire; two brothers: Russell and Charlotte Brisson of Georgia and Rock and Mary Brisson of New Hampshire: two sisters: Yvonne and Michael Lucy of Massachusetts and Roslyn and Billy Popielski of Virginia; and four nieces and 9 nephews. He was preceeded in death by his father, Raymond Leo Brisson, Sr. and brother, Raymond L. Brisson Jr.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday June 29, 2010 at St. Michael Church, Pinconning. The Most Rev. Joseph R Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will preside and the Rev. Joseph K. Miller, Rev. Richard E. Jozwiak and Rev Robert J. DeLand will concelebrate. Burial will take place at St. Michael Cemetery.

Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 28, 2010,  at the church. A vigil liturgy will be led by members of St. Michael Parish followed by a Bible presentation by the Knights of Columbus. There will be another opportunity for visitation from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral at the church.

Those planning and expression of sympathy are asked to consider the St. Michael’s Endowment Fund. Arrangements are entrusted to Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home and condolences maybe sent to www.leeramsayrivertownfh.com.

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