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Ordained May 7, 1949

Chicago, IL (April 11, 2007)—Fr. Norbert J. Zawistanowicz, pastor emeritus of Chicago’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, died at age 83 on Monday, April 9, at Our Lady of the Resurrection Hospital in Chicago.

A Moline native, Fr. Zawistanowicz was born on June 5, 1923 and was baptized at Moline’s St. Hyacinth Parish one week later. After his family moved to Chicago, Fr. Zawistanowicz attended and graduated from St. Wenceslaus Elementary School in June 1937 and Quigley (North) Preparatory Seminary in June 1942. He graduated in June 1949 from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, where he also did postgraduate work until 1953.

Fr. Zawistanowicz was ordained a priest on May 7, 1949, and the next day, celebrated his first solemn Mass at St. Wenceslaus Church on Chicago’s northwest side. On July 6, 1949, he was assigned as assistant pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, where he remained until June 1966.

For two decades beginning in the late 1960’s, Fr. Zawistanowicz served on the Archdiocesan School, Priest Placement and Pastor Review Boards, and as director of the Archdiocese’s Department of Research and Planning. During most of that time, he also served as assistant pastor of St. Joseph Parish on Chicago’s near south side between 1966 and 1973, assistant pastor of St. Turibius on the city’s southwest side from 1973 to 1975, and as associate pastor of the southwest side’s St. Richard Parish between 1975 and 1977.

He led Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish on the city’s northwest side for 16 years as pastor beginning in 1977. After retiring in 1993, Fr. Zawistanowicz became a very active senior priest at Our Lady of Victory Parish on the city’s northwest side until his recent hospitalization for cancer.

Visitation for Fr. Zawistanowicz will be from 2 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at Our Lady of Victory Parish, 5212 W. Agatite Ave., Chicago. At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, Most Rev. Thad Jakubowski, D.D., Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Victory Church for Fr. Zawistanowicz. Interment will be at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles.

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