HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ohio - After a seven-month illness with an incurable lung disease, The Rev. Dana G. Pelotte, Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, peacefully and quietly died March 30, 2014, in the loving care of the Cleveland Clinic, his surviving brother Roger Pelotte (wife Becky and niece Jana) of Waterville, Maine; his niece, Rosy Pelotte (sister-in-law Hildegard), of Pacifica, Calif.; his best friends, the Rev. John Thomas Lane, SSS and the Rev. John Christman, SSS of Highland Heights, Ohio, P. Tomás Luna, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Robert Zeegers of Chicago, Ill., and the many prayers of his devoted loved ones, religious of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and friends.
After proudly living in Waterville, graduating from Waterville High School in 1963, working for Firestone, serving in the Army as an assistant to the to chief of chaplains during the Vietnam War (1965-67), receiving a Bronze Star and caring for his dear mother, Marguerite, he joined the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (SSS).
His twin brother, Bishop Donald E. Pelotte, SSS, of Gallup, N.M., (the first Native American bishop of the United States) had preceded him into the SSS (1965-1986) and in death on Jan. 7, 2010. His mother, oldest brothers Norris and Richard also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his many nephews, David, Jeff, Rickie, Jody, Robbie and Chad.
After Father Dana professed religious vows in the SSS in 1976, he served as business manager in Menasha, Wis., at St. Mary Catholic Church (1975-82), Albuquerque, N.M., at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (1982-85), New York City at St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church (1985-88) and Chicago at Notre Dame Catholic Church (1988-90). He was elected provincial treasurer (1990-1992) and moved to U.S. SSS headquarters in Highland Heights, Ohio, at Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic Church. He served as a pastoral associate in Houston, Texas, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (1992-95). He followed his call at this point in his life to then study for the ordained priesthood at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He graduated in 1999 and made history by being the first-known twin to be ordained by his twin brother Bishop Pelotte, SSS, on Sept. 4, 1999. After his ordination, he served as parochial vicar of St. Mary Church, Menasha, Wis. (1999-2001), pastor of St. Martin de Porres, Church in Taylorsville, Utah (2001-2003), and pastor of Corpus Christi, Houston, Texas (2003-2013). Sadly, he was only able to serve for 10 days in Holiday, Fla., at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church before his illness. He proudly served the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament on the International Finance Commission and was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. Also, in 2006, he was re-elected provincial treasurer and served in that role until his death.
In September 2013, he moved to U.S. SSS headquarters and worked tirelessly with his devoted nurse, Christine Detzel, RN, and the Cleveland Clinic to obtain a lung transplant. Sadly, he was not able to fight a final virus.
He will be remembered for his humble service, love and compassion, not just by his family and friends, but for all the many parishioners he served. He served and was devoted to God and "living the mystery of the Eucharist."
His life will be celebrated with several liturgies all at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 5384 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights, Ohio. We will begin with the Liturgy of the Hours, Office of the Dead at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 3. Visitation will continue afterward until 7 p.m. with the Vigil Service. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, in the same church, with a luncheon and procession to All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, Ohio, for interment. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. A memorial service will be scheduled later in Houston at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Online condolences www.diciccoandsonsfh.com. Arrangements by DiCicco and Sons Funeral Home.