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Pastor Emeritus of St. Anastasia in Waukegan

CHICAGO (January 7, 2013) – Rev. Edward Maraczewski, pastor emeritus of St. Anastasia Parish in Waukegan, died Saturday, January 5, at his home in Mt. Prospect.  He was 93 years old and a priest of the Archdiocese for 67 years.  Fr. Maraczewski’s most recent assignment was Director of Pastoral Care for Holy Family Hospital in Des Plaines, a position he held from 1986 until his retirement from active ministry in 1989.

A native of Chicago, Fr. Maraczewski grew up on Chicago’s south side and graduated from St. Ann Catholic School.  He was a graduate of Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary and was ordained in 1945 by Most Rev. Bernard Sheil, who served as an auxiliary bishop in Chicago from 1928 to 1969.

Fr. Maraczewski served in both suburban and city parishes in the Archdiocese for most of his priestly ministry, beginning with a one-year assignment in 1945 as assistant pastor at St. Simeon Parish in Bellwood.  For 14 years, from 1946 to 1960, he was the assistant pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Calumet City. From 1960 to 1964, he was the assistant pastor at Transfiguration Parish in Wauconda.

He also taught modern languages at Mundelein Seminary in the early 60s and was a counselor for Catholic Family Services for a decade beginning in 1961. Fr. Maraczewski did post-graduate studies at Loyola University, earning a certificate in Psychological Pastoral Counseling in 1965. He used that knowledge in his work as a hospital chaplain and in providing pre-marriage counseling during his years of ministry. 

For seven years beginning in 1964, Fr. Maraczewski served as assistant pastor of two parishes on Chicago’s northwest side; St. Thecla Parish (1964-69) and St. Pascal Parish (1969-71).  In 1971, Fr. Maraczewski began a 14-year assignment as pastor of St. Anastasia Parish in Waukegan.  He was named pastor emeritus upon his retirement in 1989.

Recalling Fr. Maraczewski’s work at Holy Family Hospital, Sr. Patricia Ann Koschalke, of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, noted that he was great with the patients there and that he often visited the sisters of her congregation at Nazarethville, their retirement center in Des Plaines.  Fr. Maraczewski’s sister and his only sibling was a member of the congregation.  Sr. Patricia Ann added that Fr. Maraczewski made a holy hour every day and recited the Divine Office daily even though priests his age were exempt from that practice.

Rev. William Kuhr, a friend of Fr. Maraczewski from Wisconsin, will be the main celebrant of the funeral Mass for Fr. Maraczewski at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, at St. Emily Church, 1400 East Central Road in Mt. Prospect.  Interment is private at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

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