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Retired Pastor of St. Blasé Parish, Fr. Norbert Waszak, Dies

Chicago, IL (April 22, 2005) – Fr. Norbert Joseph Waszak, pastor emeritus of St. Blasé Parish in Argo, died Wednesday, April 20, at St. Benedict Home in Niles where he was a resident. Fr. Waszak was 78 years old, was diabetic and had been ill for some time.

Fr. Waszak was born in Chicago and grew up on the city’s south side. He graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and from the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein. Samuel Cardinal Stritch ordained him in 1953.

Fr. Waszak served as assistant pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish in Harvey for eight years immediately following his ordination. For the next 20 years, Fr. Waszak served as assistant pastor at St. Salomea Parish, now closed, St. Francis of Assisi, a Polish parish on N. Kostner, St. Helen, St. Barbara and Five Holy Martyrs parishes, all in Chicago.

In 1981, he was named pastor of St. Blasé Parish in Argo, where he served for 17 years until his retirement in 1996. Fr. Ray Jasinski, a friend ordained a year after Fr. Waszak, noted that Fr. Waszak was an avid reader, who sometimes read a book in a single day and often listened to tapes. Fr. Jasinski and retired Auxiliary Bishop Thad Jakubowski referred to him as hard working and dedicated. According to Fr. Jasinski, he was very attentive to the liturgy, frequently printing special services in English, Spanish and Polish to accommodate the parishioners of St. Blasé.

Visitation for Fr. Waczak will take place from 2 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 25, at St. Blasé Church, 6101 S. 75 th Ave., Argo. Bishop Jakubowski will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Waczak at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, at St. Blasé. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City.


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