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Former SW Side priest Kuzinskas dies

Rev. Msgr. John A. Kuzinskas | Supplied photo

Rev. Msgr. John A. Kuzinskas | Supplied photo

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Updated: August 10, 2013 6:29AM



Monsignor John Kuzinskas, pastor emeritus of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Chicago’s Southwest Side, died July 4 at Loyola University Medical Center following an illness, the Archdiocese of Chicago said Monday.

Monsignor Kuzinkas was 87 and had been a resident of Holy Family Villa in Palos Park. He served as a priest for 61 years, the archdiocese said.

Born in Waukegan in 1926 and ordained in 1952, he first served as assistant pastor at St. Thomas the Apostle on the South Side.

From 1953 to 1966, Monsignor Kuzinskas was the assistant pastor of St. George, a Lithuanian parish that was closed in 1990, according to the archdiocese. It said that from 1966 to 1973, he was assistant pastor of Nativity BVM, returning as pastor in 1988.

He retired in 1997 and was named pastor emeritus, and that same year became chaplain at Holy Family Villa, the archdiocese said.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Holy Family Villa, 12220 Will-Cook Road. A funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2700 W. 69th St., Chicago.



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