Deacon Roger P. Dinella, who ministered in Princeton Junction parish, dies

May 2, 2023 at 10:38 p.m.
Deacon Roger P. Dinella, who ministered in Princeton Junction parish, dies
Deacon Roger P. Dinella, who ministered in Princeton Junction parish, dies


Funeral services have been announced for Deacon Roger P. Dinella who died April 30 in Plainsboro.

Visitation will be held May 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. in St. David the King Church, 1 New Village Rd. West, Princeton Junction.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the church by Father Timothy Capewell, pastor, May 4 at 10 a.m.

Born in Jersey City in 1934, Deacon Dinella graduated from St. Mary High School, Rutherford in 1951. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, in 1955 and an MBA from New York University, N.Y., in 1956. He also became a Certified Public Accountant.

During his professional business career, he worked in senior accounting and financial reporting roles at Peat Marwick Mitchell, RCA and Bristol-Myers Squibb before retiring in 1990. As an adjunct faculty member, he also taught undergraduate accounting or business courses in St. John University, Queens, N.Y., and Rider College (now University), Lawrenceville.

Following retirement, Deacon Dinella entered the diocesan diaconate program and was ordained a permanent deacon May 9, 1992 by Bishop John C. Reiss in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. He first in St. Paul Parish, Princeton, until 1994 when he was assigned to St. David the King Parish. In addition, to holding various liturgical responsibilities, he was involved with various ministries including the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, celebrating Stations of the Cross and altar server training. From 1996-2006, he was the parish director of religious education.

Deacon Dinella is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary J. Walsh Dinella; five children and their spouses, Roger W. (Maria), David (Kathy), Patricia (Peter) McMillan, Jacqueline, and Judith Durham; seven grandchildren, one great grandchild; a brother and several brothers-and sisters-in-law.

Burial is to be in St. Paul Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to St. David the King Parish, 1 New Village Rd., Princeton Junction, N.J. 08550, Attention: Maggie Provine


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Funeral services have been announced for Deacon Roger P. Dinella who died April 30 in Plainsboro.

Visitation will be held May 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. in St. David the King Church, 1 New Village Rd. West, Princeton Junction.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the church by Father Timothy Capewell, pastor, May 4 at 10 a.m.

Born in Jersey City in 1934, Deacon Dinella graduated from St. Mary High School, Rutherford in 1951. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, in 1955 and an MBA from New York University, N.Y., in 1956. He also became a Certified Public Accountant.

During his professional business career, he worked in senior accounting and financial reporting roles at Peat Marwick Mitchell, RCA and Bristol-Myers Squibb before retiring in 1990. As an adjunct faculty member, he also taught undergraduate accounting or business courses in St. John University, Queens, N.Y., and Rider College (now University), Lawrenceville.

Following retirement, Deacon Dinella entered the diocesan diaconate program and was ordained a permanent deacon May 9, 1992 by Bishop John C. Reiss in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. He first in St. Paul Parish, Princeton, until 1994 when he was assigned to St. David the King Parish. In addition, to holding various liturgical responsibilities, he was involved with various ministries including the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, celebrating Stations of the Cross and altar server training. From 1996-2006, he was the parish director of religious education.

Deacon Dinella is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary J. Walsh Dinella; five children and their spouses, Roger W. (Maria), David (Kathy), Patricia (Peter) McMillan, Jacqueline, and Judith Durham; seven grandchildren, one great grandchild; a brother and several brothers-and sisters-in-law.

Burial is to be in St. Paul Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to St. David the King Parish, 1 New Village Rd., Princeton Junction, N.J. 08550, Attention: Maggie Provine

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