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Ordained May 1, 1952

Chicago, IL ( April 24, 2007 ) -Fr. Thomas R. Seitz, former pastor of Chicago's Sacred Heart Parish, died on Sunday, April 22 at age 81 at Holy Family Villa in Palos Park.

A Chicago native, Fr. Seitz was born on August 25, 1925 and was baptized at St. Sabina Parish on the city's southeast side. He attended and graduated from St. Sabina elementary school in June 1939, Quigley (North) Preparatory Seminary in June 1945, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in May 1952.

Fr. Seitz was ordained a priest on May 1, 1952, and three days later, celebrated his first solemn Mass at St. Sabina Church. His first assignment was as assistant pastor of St. Cyprian Parish in west suburban River Grove where he served until July 1963. Fr. Seitz was then assigned to, and spent the following 20 years at, Sacred Heart Parish on the city's south side. He first served as assistant pastor at Sacred Heart for seven years, and in April 1970, Fr. Seitz was named pastor of the now closed parish. He remained pastor until June 1983 when he stepped down due to health reasons.

After his recuperation, Fr. Seitz was named associate pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood in February 1984. He remained there until July 1, 1995 when he retired. Until his recent hospitalization, Fr. Seitz lived at the Bishop Lyne Residence for Retired Priests in Palos Park.

Visitation for Fr. Seitz will be from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at Kenny Brothers Funeral Home, 3600 W. 95 th St., Evergreen Park. His body will lay in state on Thursday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago. Immediately following, Most Rev. Raymond E. Goedert, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, and Fr. Seitz' classmate at Mundelein Seminary, will be the main celebrant at his funeral Mass. Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park.

Fr. Seitz is survived by a sister, LaVerne Pawelski, of Evergreen Park.

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