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Father Balskus, longtime Southland priest, dies at 73

The Rev. Charles Balskus

The Rev. Charles Balskus

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Updated: March 25, 2013 6:42AM



A former associate pastor at several Southland churches — including St. Linus in Oak Lawn, St. Christina in Chicago, and St. Benedict in Blue Island — died suddenly Monday while traveling in Florida, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The Rev. Charles Balskus, 73, was with the archdiocese for 47 years, most recently as senior priest at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

Father Balskus, born in Chicago in 1939, was ordained in 1965, the archdiocese said. He was associate pastor at St. Benedict from 1986-92, at St. Linus from 1996 to 2001, and at St. Christina from 2001 until 2008, when he retired from active ministry and took up residence as senior priest at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, the archdiocese said.

Father Balskus was an avid sports fan and reader, said his classmate, Father Jack Dewes.

“He talked with people about the issues of the day and about the Church,” Dewes said in a news release. “And he did his best to get people to the truth. He loved to see and experience everything in life.”

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 6435 S. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago.

A funeral Mass will be said by the Most Rev. Andrew Wupych, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary, Star of the Sea. Interment will be at St. Casimir Cemetery in Chicago.

Father Balskus is survived by his sisters Jacqueline Mathys and Marytherese Patras, and his brothers Bill and Mike Balskus, the archdiocese said.

Staff reports



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