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FR. EDMUND s. Szlanga DIES AT AGE 84
Was Pastor Emeritus of St. Bruno Catholic Parish on Chicago’s Southwest Side

Chicago, IL (December 20, 2005) -- Rev. Edmund S. Szlanga, pastor emeritus of St. Bruno Catholic Parish, died after having a heart attack on Sunday, December 18, at Holy Family Villa in Lemont. He was 84 years old and had been a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago for 57 years.

A native of Chicago’s southwest side, Fr. Szlanga attended Five Holy Martyrs Catholic School. After attending the archdiocesan seminaries of Quigley Seminary in Chicago and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, he was ordained a priest in 1948.

After ordination, Fr. Szlanga served at a number of Chicago parishes as an assistant pastor, usually in parishes with Polish-speaking parishioners: St. Josaphat (1948-52); St. Turibius (1952-62); St. Mary Magdalene (1962-63); and St. Fidelis (1963-64). After serving a four-year term as a chaplain at Alexian Brothers Hospital (1964-68), he returned to parish work as an assistant pastor at St. Rene Goupil (1968-74). In 1974, Fr. Szlanga was named pastor of St. Bruno Catholic Parish, and served there nearly 17 years until his retirement from active ministry in 1991. In recent years, Fr. Szlanga lived at the Bishop Lyne Home in Lemont.

Visitation for Fr. Szlanga will take place from 6 - 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, December 20, at Modell Funeral Home, 5725 S. Pulaski Rd. His body will lie in state for further visitation from 3 – 9 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, December 21, and from 9:30 – 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 22, at St. Bruno Catholic Church, 4 S. Harding Ave. Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Timothy J. Lyne will celebrate Fr. Szlanga’s funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 22, at St. Bruno Catholic Church, with Fr. Leo Lyons offering the homily.

After the Mass, Fr. Szlanga’s body will be interred at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 7201 Archer Ave., in Justice.

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