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Pastor Emeritus of Wauconda Parish

Chicago, IL  (May 25, 2010) – Fr. Byron G. Maher, pastor emeritus of Transfiguration Parish in Wauconda, died on Sunday, May 23, in Wisconsin.  He was 85 years old.  At the time of his death Fr. Maher was a resident of St. Monica Assisted Living in Racine, WI. 

Fr. Maher was born in Chicago to Irish American parents.  He graduated from St. Priscilla Catholic School, Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained by Samuel Cardinal Stritch in 1950 and served briefly as assistant pastor of St. Angela Parish, which is now closed, before beginning a three-year term in November 1951 as assistant pastor of St. Frances of Rome Parish in Cicero.

For seven years, beginning in 1954, Fr. Maher was the assistant pastor at St. Ethelreda Parish, which is now closed. From 1961 to 1964, he was the assistant pastor at St. Ann Parish in Lansing and for the next four years, from 1964 to 1968, he served in the same capacity at Maternity B.V.M. Parish in northwest Chicago.  He was assistant pastor for the next seven years at Old St. Patrick’s Parish on Chicago’s west side before being named pastor of Transfiguration Parish, where he served for 14 years.  He retired from active ministry in 1990.

Since his retirement, Fr. Maher has resided in Burlington, WI, where he assisted at Immaculate Conception Parish and in other parishes of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  A wake for Fr. Maher will be held Wednesday, May 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 108 McHenry Street in Burlington, followed by a 6:30 p.m. funeral Mass.  Most Rev. Thad Jakubowski, retired auxiliary bishop of Chicago and a classmate of Fr. Maher, will preside during the Rite of Committal at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.  Fr. Maher is survived by his sister, Mary McInerney.

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