The Rev. Joseph C. Le Frois, S.S.J., who had been pastor of Roman Catholic churches in Louisiana, Virginia, Texas, Mississippi and the Bahamas, died Thursday of Alzheimer's disease. He was 74.
A Mass of Christian burial for Father Le Frois was being offered today at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Lebeau, La., where he was pastor from 1969 to 1977.
Another Mass for Father Le Frois was offered Tuesday at St. Joseph's Manor, the Josephite retirement home on West Lake Avenue, where he died.
His two surviving brothers were celebrants of Tuesday's Mass. The national headquarters of the Josephite Order is in Baltimore.
Father Le Frois retired in 1985, after two years as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Welsh, La.
Born in Webster, N.Y., he attended a public school there and Holy Rosary School in nearby Rochester before entering St. Andrew's Minor Seminary in Rochester. He studied at St. Bernard's Major Seminary there before transferring in 1940 to the Josephite Seminary in Washington. He was ordained in Washington in 1944 as a member of St. Joseph's Society of the Sacred Heart.
He did graduate work in sociology at Catholic University.
He is survived by his brothers, Monsignor Marvin Le Frois of Valdosta, Ga., and the Rev. Christian Le Frois, O.S.B., of Latrobe, Pa.; and a sister, Rita Conrad of Rochester, N.Y.