The Rev. Luke Guastella (1921-2020)
The Rev. Luke Guastella, 98, a World War II veteran who became a priest, died June 5 at St. Lawrence Friary in Beacon.
Guastella was born in Poughkeepsie on Oct. 1, 1921. After graduating from Poughkeepsie High School and attending Vassar College, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater until his honorable discharge in 1946.
In 1950 Guastella was invested with the Capuchin habit and began his studies for the priesthood, being ordained in 1955. In 1964, he volunteered for the foreign missions and was stationed in Zambia. He returned to the U.S. in 1991 to work as a hospital chaplain in Passaic, New Jersey. Following this assignment, he was stationed at St. Lawrence Friary.
Guastella was an avid sportsman, adventurer and a skilled tradesman.
He is survived by his sisters, Jennie Guastella and Nancy Herzner (Carl), who both live in Florida; a niece and four nephews. A wake was held at the Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey on June 11, followed by burial at the friary cemetery.