A Mass of Christian Burial for the Rev. Thomas J. Crowley will be offered by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1029 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.
Father Crowley died Saturday in Sisters Hospital. He was 78.
He retired in May 2000 after serving as pastor of St. John Fischer Parish in South Dayton and then parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish in Wellsville.
Born in Buffalo, Father Crowley was ordained a priest in May 1951 by Bishop John
O'Hara and was assigned to the Apostolate Trailer Chapel serving the Allegany and Cattaraugus Indian reservations.
During his career, he served at St. Mary of the Cataract Parish in Niagara Falls, St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Cheektowaga and Annunciation, St. Joseph's University, Immaculate Heart of Mary and Holy Name of Jesus parishes, all in Buffalo.
Survivors include a sister, Jane M. Bunny of the Town of Tonawanda.