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Ordained May 1, 1953

Chicago, IL (September 10, 2007)—Rev. Paul E. Schwartz, a priest of 54 years, died on Friday, September 7 at age 80 at St. James Manor and Villas in Crete. Fr. Schwartz was born on February 11, 1927, in Stoyestown, PA, and was baptized at Holy Family Church in Hooversville, PA.

After his family moved to Calumet City, IL in the early 1930’s, Fr. Schwartz attended and graduated from St. Victor Elementary School in June 1941, Quigley (North) Preparatory Seminary in June 1946, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary in May 1953.

Fr. Schwartz was ordained a priest on May 1, 1953, and two days later celebrated his first solemn Mass at St. Victor Church in Calumet City. On June 29 of that year, he was named assistant pastor of Our Lady Gate of Heaven Parish on Chicago’s South side where he served until July 1962. Fr. Schwartz was then named assistant pastor of Chicago’s St. Margaret Mary Parish, a position he held until June 1967. He then served a five-year assignment as assistant pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish on the city’s near West side.

In June 1972, Fr. Schwartz became assistant pastor of St. George Parish in Tinley Park, a position he would keep for three years. From June 1975 until June 1980, Fr. Schwartz served as associate pastor of Lansing’s St. Ann Parish. He then served six years as associate pastor of St. Kieran Parish in far South suburban Chicago Heights. In June 1986,Fr. Schwartz was named associate pastor of Glenwood’s St. John Parish, a position he would hold until his retirement on May 31, 1997. After retirement, Fr. Schwartz resided at St. James Parish in Sauk Village where he remained actively involved in the parish’s religious education programs until 2001.

Fr. Schwartz was a lifelong musician who played violin, piano and trumpet as well as enjoying listening to his extensive and eclectic LP/CD collection. He was also a Knight of Columbus, an avid fisherman, card player and self-taught personal computer user, a skill he mastered in his 60’s.

Visitation for Fr. Schwartz will be from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, at St. James Church, 22400 S. Torrence Ave., Sauk Village. Most Rev. Timothy J. Lyne, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a 10 a.m., September 12 funeral Mass for Fr. Schwartz at St. James Church. Interment will be at Assumption Cemetery in Glenwood.

A sister, Jean (Ed) Sidor of Highland, IN, and several nieces and nephews survive Fr. Schwartz.

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