Rev. William L. Traxl

GLASTONBURY — The Rev. William L. Traxl died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, July 12, 2020. He was born in Hartford on May 14, 1933, to Mr. and Mrs. William J. Traxl.

He was educated at St. Mary’s School, East Hartford; Chester School, Wethersfield; Kingswood School, West Hartford; St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield; St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass., and St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, Md.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Hartford by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church on Thursday, May 26, 1960. 

His First Solemn Mass was celebrated on Sunday, June 5, at Corpus Christi Church, Wethersfield.

After serving in several parishes in the Archdiocese, in 1990, Father Traxl was appointed pastor at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Oakville, where he served until 1997

He was also the academic vice president at Holy Apostles College and Seminary and was the chairperson of the History Department and teacher at South Catholic High School in Hartford for several years.

In 1997, Father Traxl went to St. Dunstan Parish in Glastonbury and served as pastor until he retired in 2007. During his time in Glastonbury, Father Traxl also served as administrator at St. John Fisher Church in Marlborough.

As pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Oakville, congregants all remember how Father Traxl really cared about his people. 

He had a very proper, dignified, charismatic way about him. He had a great sense of humor and a hearty laugh.

Father Traxl never lost interest in the progress of the St. Mary Magdalene parish. 

Many visited Father Traxl during his retirement or kept in touch by phone. He truly appreciated the kindness of all who assisted him in so many ways.

Special mention must be made of Jane and Skip Thomas who were his very dedicated caregivers for so many years. 

Father Traxl is survived by five cousins and many friends.

A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, July 18, at St. Dunstan Church, Glastonbury. Burial followed in St. James Cemetery, Manchester. 

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