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Catholic News Herald

Serving Christ and Connecting Catholics in Western North Carolina

CHARLOTTE — Deacon Stephen J. Horai Jr., 88, of Charlotte died Monday, July 11, 2016, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Southminster.

A local funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, July 15, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, located at 4207 Shamrock Dr. in Charlotte. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the Mass.

A funeral Mass will also be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 501 New Market Rd., Piscataway, N.J. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 19, at Sheenan Funeral Home, 233 Dunellen Ave., Dunellen, N.J.

Entombment will be at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick, N.J.

A native of Staten Island, N.Y., Deacon Horai was born Oct. 11, 1927, to the late Cecilia Nadosky Horai and Stephen Joseph Horai.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was employed for more than 25 years as a lab technician with Proctor and Gamble in Staten Island.

Deacon Horai was ordained on May 14, 1977, for the Diocese of Trenton, N.J. He relocated to North Carolina in 1986 after service in the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J., and was assigned to Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. He was an ordained deacon for 39 years.

Deacon Horai was preceded in death by a son, Stephen J. Horai III and by a brother, Edward Horai.

He is survived by his wife, Anna M. Horai of Charlotte; children, Ellen Horai of Charlotte, Karen

Hamilton of Piscataway, Jo Anne Hall (Dennis) of Piscataway, Michael Horai (Jan) of Charlotte, Barbara Castiglione (Jimmy) of Edison, N.J.; and 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Sheenan Funeral Home of Dunellen is in charge of the arrangements.

— Catholic News Herald