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December 12, 2018 Dick Piscatelli’s Celebration of life!


The Pastor Dick and Carole Jeane’s family was joined by friends (old and new) and co-workers, past members of churches where Pastor Dick had served, and others who wished to be together at this time. The sanctuary and over-flow room were filled.

Pastor Curt Rush, good friend and fellow golfer, welcomed those in attendance with some humorous antidotes as well as serious thoughts regarding Pastor Dick and his life here on earth.  He read passages from God’s Word from Psalms, 2 Timothy, and Matthew.  He delivered an emotional message asking those who were present if they were as prepared to meet Jesus as Pastor Dick was. 

Some of Dick’s favorite hymns were sung by the congregation, including “God is Good” led by great-grandson, Oliver.   Several people spoke regarding Dick’s presence and importance in their lives.

Many tears were shed but much laughter was shared during this Celebration of Life as each person present came to terms with the loss of this special man who touched so many people in so many different ways.  He truly walked the walk the way he talked the talk — even if he did speak a different language from most of us in Central Illinois.

Following the service a meal was served by the WUMC.  The tables were filled to the max with delicious dishes!

Rev. Dick Piscatelli, Pastor
Rev. Dick Piscatelli, Pastor

Reverend Richard Piscatelli, (Pastor Dick) has been serving this church since 2006 and has begun his 13th year at Williamsville. Dick is a graduate of Asbury College, 1980, now Asbury University, and Asbury Theological Seminary, 1983, in Wilmore, Kentucky. Originally from Watertown, Massachusetts, he and his wife, Carole, have enjoyed living in the Midwest and have made many friends here. Dick’s first appointment was to Buffalo/Dawson UMCs, a two-point charge, which he served for almost 8 years when he was appointed to Paris Trinity UMC. He served at Paris for 6 years and was then appointed to First UMC at St. Elmo in southern Illinois. Dick’s final full-time appointment was to Roanoke/Secor UMCs, a two-point charge. These churches brought much satisfaction and lasting relationships in each. Williamsville UMC has been a joy to serve as he actually began his first church in “retirement,” and is very much involved in all areas of ministry, as the Lord leads. Pastor Dick has a special gift for doing Celebrations of Life and comforting the family. He prepares uplifting, inspiring sermons in a more casual and relaxed style, using humor when appropriate, yet ever-mindful of the importance of bringing the Gospel message for the salvation that Jesus Christ offers to all.