Sunday, 31 March 2019 09:37

Funeral Mass celebrated for mother of Bishop Paprocki

Veronica M. PaprockiVeronica Mary Paprocki, the mother of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, bishop the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, passed away on March 13, in Chicago. She was 91 years old.

She was beloved wife of the late John H. Paprocki Jr.; loving mother to Ramona (Joseph) Bellino, James (Candace) Janda, Bishop Thomas John, Edward (Lori) Ashe, John L. (Michelle), Ronald (Carol), Joseph (Joanne), Allen (Kim), and Ann (Robert) Dickmann; cherished grandmother of 17; proud great-grandmother of 14; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews; dear sister to the late Florence Osuch, Raymond Bonat, and Eugene Bonat; sister-in-law to Marian Jacobs, Roseann Gray, and Lillian Parks.

In her early years, she studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and started out working at Marshall Field’s as a secretary. Mrs. Paprocki devoted many years to raising a family and after her children were grown, she worked with her husband in the family pharmacy. She was past president at St. Casimir School Mother’s Club, and past secretary of Ladies Auxiliary Catholic War Veterans. She was also an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and lector at St. Casimir Church and Queen of the Universe Church in Chicago and St. Bernadette Church in Evergreen Park. She will be missed by many family members and friends.

A visitation was held at Muzyka & Son Funeral Home, on March 18. The funeral Mass was held on March 19 at St. Constance Church, with Bishop Paprocki as the main celebrant and with fellow bishops and priests of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and the Archdiocese of Chicago concelebrating. Bishop Paprocki gave the homily, and Joseph Paprocki and Ronald Paprocki offered some reflections following Communion. Cardinal Blase Cupich gave the final commendation. Numerous other members of the Paprocki family took part in the Mass as well. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

Memorials can be made to Resurrection Life Center, ATTN: Nancy Razo, 7370 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago, IL 60631.