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Priest served on Chicago’s southwest side and in south and west suburbs

Chicago, IL (December 19, 2005) -- Rev. Edward S. Gunia, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, died Friday, December 16. He was 82 years old and had been a priest of the Archdiocese for 56 years.

A native of Chicago’s near northwest side, Fr. Gunia attended Holy Innocents Catholic School. After attending the archdiocesan seminaries of Quigley Seminary in Chicago and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, he was ordained a priest in 1949.

After ordination, Fr. Gunia served at a number of archdiocesan parishes as an assistant pastor, often in parishes with Polish-speaking parishioners: St. Turibius (1949-52); St. Andrew the Apostle in Calumet City (1952); the now closed St. Valentine in Cicero (1952-56); St. Joseph at 48 th and Hermitage (1956-59); St. Mary Star of the Sea (1959-66); Five Holy Martyrs (1966-67); St. Pancratius (1967-74); and St. Wenceslaus (1974-78). In 1979, he served as pastor for (the now closed) Sacred Heart Catholic Parish on South Honore for some months until his health prevented from continuing on as pastor. In 1980, Fr. Gunia returned to full-time ministry as an associate pastor at St. Blase in Argo (1980-85). He then served as associate pastor at St. Odilo Catholic Parish in Berwyn (1985-91) before retiring from active ministry. In recent years, Fr. Gunia lived in the southwest suburban Countryside and Lemont.

Visitation for Fr. Gunia will take place from 3 – 9 p.m. today and tomorrow, December 19 and 20, at Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, 7812 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Niles. His body will lie in state from 10 a.m. until his funeral Mass begins at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20, at St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church, 8307 N. Harlem Ave., in Niles. Auxiliary Bishop Thad Jakubowski will serve as the main celebrant for the funeral Mass. After the Mass, Fr. Gunia’s body will be interred at Maryhill Cemetery, 8600 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Niles.

Fr. Gunia is survived by his sister, Mrs. Sophie Sanders, and many nieces and nephews.

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