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waukegan pastor, FR. Frank w. plotka, DIES AT AGE 66
Served as pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish in Waukegan since 1996

Chicago, IL (December 28, 2005) - Rev. Frank W. Plotka, pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish in Waukegan, died on Christmas Day, December 25, at the parish rectory. He was 66 years old and had been a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago for 37 years.

A native of Chicago’s northwest side, Fr. Plotka attended St. Pascal Catholic School and St. Patrick High School. After completing his priestly studies at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, he was ordained a priest in 1968.

After ordination, Fr. Plotka served as an assistant or associate pastor at a number of Catholic parishes in many geographical regions throughout the Archdiocese: Sacred Heart in Melrose Park (1968-69); St. Peter in Skokie (1969-72); Our Lady of Lourdes (North Ashland) (1972-1978); the now-closed St. Mel-Holy Ghost (1978-79); the now-consolidated Our Lady of the Angels (1979-80); the now-closed Precious Blood (1980-81); Our Lady of Ransom in Niles (1981-87); St. Jane de Chantal (1987-1992); St. Albert the Great in Burbank (1992-93); and St. Mary of Czestochowa in Cicero (1993-94). In 1994, he was named administrator of Immaculate Conception in Waukegan, and subsequently became its pastor in 1996. At the time of his death, Fr. Plotka was in the midst of serving his second term as pastor at Immaculate Conception.

Visitation for Fr. Plotka will take place from 2 - 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, and from 9- 11 a.m. on Friday, December 30, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 508 Grand Avenue, in Waukegan. On Thursday evening, a liturgical wake service will be held at 7 p.m., and a bilingual rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, w ill celebrate Fr. Plotka’s funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 30, at Immaculate Conception, with Fr. Martin Gabel, pastor of St. Charles Borremeo Catholic Parish in Bensenville, offering the homily.

At 2 p.m. on Friday, December 30, Fr. Plotka’s body will be interred at Montrose Cemetery, 5400 N. Pulaski Rd., in Chicago.

Fr. Plotka is survived by his sister, Lois, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

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