Fr. Peter M. Yangas, Archdiocesan Priest, Dies
Ordained April 30,1964
Chicago, IL (January 29, 2007)- Fr. Peter M. Yangas, 74, Senior Priest at St. Eugene Parish on Chicago's northwest side, died January 25 at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago of cardiovascular complications following heart surgery.
A Chicago native, Fr. Yangas was born on May 12, 1932 and graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO in June 1954 with a B.A. in Psychology. Before entering the seminary in 1958, Fr. Yangas served two years in the U.S. Army as a Medical Aidman. On June 8, 1963, he earned his M.A. degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.
Fr. Yangas was ordained a priest on April 30, 1964, and on May 17, celebrated his first Mass at Chicago's Visitation Church. On June 25, 1964, he was named assistant pastor of the now-closed Holy Rosary Church on Chicago's south side. From June 1965 to September 1969, Fr. Yangas served as assistant pastor at St. Monica Parish on Chicago's northwest side. He then became assistant pastor of Oak Park's St. Edmund Parish where he remained until June 1975.
Between June 1975 and February 1978, Fr. Yangas served as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Melrose Park. In February 1978, he became associate pastor of Chicago's St. Simon the Apostle Parish. In June 1983, Fr. Yangas was assigned to Cicero's Our Lady of Charity Parish where he served as associate pastor until June 1988. Between June 1988 and July 1992, Fr. Yangas served as associate pastor of St. Daniel the Prophet Parish on Chicago's southwest side. He then was named associate pastor of Schaumburg's St. Marcelline Parish in July 1992 and in June 2002, became a Senior Priest in residence at St. Eugene Parish.
Visitation for Fr. Yangas will be from 3 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, January 30, at St. Eugene Church, 7958 W. Foster Ave., Chicago. Most Rev. Thad Jakubowski, D.D., Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Yangas at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday January 31, at St. Eugene Church. Interment will be at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles.
Fr. Yangas was a twin and the second of three children born to the late Peter and Agnes Mazura Yangas. Two brothers, Paul and Robert, survive him.
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