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A memorial Mass for the Rev. Merrick J. Bednar, a Catholic priest who died May 12, 1997, in Pittsburgh while awaiting a heart transplant, will be offered at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, Olean.

The Rev. James C. O'Connor, pastor of St. Joseph's Parish, Fredonia, will be celebrant and homilist. Father O'Connor was a longtime friend of Father Bednar.

A native of Olean and a graduate of the former Archbishop Walsh High School, Father Bednar was 33 at the time of his death in Presbyterian University Hospital. He had survived an initial heart transplant in 1986 and a bone-marrow transplant last year.

At the time of his death, he served as campus minister at Cardinal O'Hara High School, Town of Tonawanda, and resided at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, City of Tonawanda.

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