The Rev. Anthony J. Legarski, 61, Hollidaysburg, Blair County, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, after a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 24, 1957, in Somerset, a son of the late John G. and Yolanda B. (Lapina) Legarski.

Surviving are his sister, Dorothea Bacher and husband Randy of New Alexandria; brother, John G. and wife Mary Etta of Trout Run; two nephews, Christopher J. and wife Elizabeth of Muncy and Stephen P. and wife Teresa in Colorado; two great-nieces, Alivia and Briana, and two great-nephews, Brayden and Luca.

Father Tony graduated from Somerset Area High School in 1975, then St. Francis University in 1979 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He completed his seminary studies in 1983 at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, where he earned a master of divinity degree and a master of arts degree in systematic theology. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown in 1983.

He attended the U.S. Naval Chaplain School in Newport, Rhode Island, and was commissioned as a lieutenant junior grade in the Naval Reserve in 1990. For eight years, he served on active duty in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps with tours of duty at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and Naval Weapons Station Earle, Colts Neck, New Jersey. He was honorably discharged from active duty March 1, 1999, with the rank of lieutenant commander. Father Tony returned to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown in March 1999.

Father Tony served as a priest in the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese for more than 36 years, most recently serving St. Mary Catholic Church, Hollidays-burg, for the last 14 years.

He was very active as chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council 4245 in Hollidaysburg, where he was a 4th-degree knight. He also served as chaplain for the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and served on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal and Permanent Deacon Review Board.

Father Tony enjoyed hunting and fishing with parishioners and talking about Notre Dame football, as well as digging deep into spiritual discussions. He enjoyed participating in many civic activities like Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

He was honored with the presentation of an award for his distinguished service to country and community.

Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in St. Mary Catholic Church, Hollidaysburg, where a vigil service will be held.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, with Bishop Mark Bartchak as celebrant.

Interment with military honors will be held 2 p.m. Friday in Somerset County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Clark St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

Arrangements are by Sorge Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., Hollidaysburg.