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Monsignor Francis J. Ansbro, pastor emeritus of Peekskill church, dies

Monsignor Francis J. Ansbro, Pastor Emeritus of Church of the Assumption, Peekskill,  died Wednesday.
Monsignor Francis J. Ansbro, Pastor Emeritus of Church of the Assumption, Peekskill, died Wednesday. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Monsignor Francis J. Ansbro, pastor emeritus of Church of the Assumption, Peekskill, died on Wednesday.

Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York on May 15, 1951, Ansbro served the Peekskill community  since Sept. 15, 1966. He became pastor in 1986 and upon his retirement in 2007, he became pastor emeritus remaining in residence.

He was honored with the title monsignor in 1995. He was predeceased his brother, Dr. John Ansbro.

He was an active promoter of Assumption School and oversaw the expansion of Assumption Cemetery. He served as chaplain for the Catholic Daughters, the Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corps. He was also an active member of the Cenacle (a group praying for priests) and the Legion of Mary.

Before his assignment to Assumption, Ansbro was assigned to the Church of St. Margaret in Pearl River, the Church of St. Malachy in New York City, Church of St. Patrick in Bedford and Church of St. Columbanus in Cortlandt Manor.

Calling hours will be Thursday at Assumption Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan at Assumption Church in Peekskill at 11:00 AM, Friday. Burial will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Cortlandt Manor.

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