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Rev. Stanley J. Gruchot, Dies

Chicago, IL  (November 13, 2009) Father Stanley John Gruchot, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, died on Thursday, November 12, 2009, at St. Andrew Life Center in Niles, where he was a resident. He was 89 years old.

A native of Chicago, Fr. Gruchot was a graduate of St. Mary of Perpetual Help elementary school, Quigley Preparatory Seminary North, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained on February 24, 1945 by Bishop Bernard Shiel.

“He was a fighter, even when he got sick. He insisted on celebrating mass until he was no longer able to,” said Sr. Kathyrn Wojcik, from the St. Andrew Life Center where Fr. Stanley resided for almost 20 years.  “He attended mass every day and that gave some of our residents, who were not the healthiest, a good example of someone who would not give up,” she added.

Fr. Gruchot’s first assignment in 1945 was at St. Andrew in Calumet City, where he served as assistant pastor for seven years. From 1952 to 1959, he was assistant pastor at St. Camillus Parish in Chicago’s southwest side. 

In 1959, he was named assistant pastor of St. Mary of Perpetual Help, the same parish he received his grammar school education, where he served for five years. From 1964 to 1970, Fr. Gruchot was named assistant pastor of St. Mary Magdalene, on Chicago’s south side. He served for one year, 1970 to 1971 at St. Andrew the Apostle parish in Calumet City, returning to the parish where he had begun his vocation.

Fr. Gruchot left the parish on a leave of absence and was eventually laicized in December of 1972.  On January 9, 1982, Fr. Gruchot was reinstated to the priesthood.

His first assignment after being reinstated was to St. Anastasia in Waukegan, where he served as associate pastor from 1982 to 1986. He was then assigned as associate pastor to Holy Rosary parish in North Chicago (now closed), where he served for five years from 1986 to 1990. In 1990, he was named chaplain at the St. Andrew Life Center, until his retirement from active ministry in 1991.

The wake will be held on Monday, November 16, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the St. Andrew Life Center, 7000 North Newark Avenue in Niles. Most Reverend Thad Jakubowski, retired Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass that will be held on Tuesday, November 17 at 10 a.m. with visitation from 9 until 10 a.m. at the St. Andrew Life Center. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

Three brothers, Thaddeus, Aloysius, and John, survive Father Gruchot.

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