William G. "Bill" Storey

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April 23, 1923 - Jan. 16, 2014
SOUTH BEND - Bill Storey passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2014, after a brief illness. Born on April 23, 1923, he started his 90 years in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. He was born to Anglo-Saxon and French Canadian parents who preceded him in death. Educated in a public grade school and a collegiate high school, Bill entered the Capuchin Franciscan Order at the age of 19. For four years he endured its peculiar lifestyle before continuing his education at Assumption College of the University of Western Ontario, earning a B.A. and M.A. in Honours Philosophy. He then moved to the United States to enter the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame from which he graduated with an M.A. and a doctorate in Medieval Studies. In September of 1951 he married Elaine Curry of Detroit, MI. She preceded him in death in 1999. Together they had seven children, Elizabeth (deceased), Margaret (Raymond Ortiz), David (Cathy Roemer), Joan, John (Janice), Paul (Tamara) and Clare (deceased). Bill was gifted with five grandchildren, Corey Gill (Jill), Zachary Ortiz (Kaity), Mathew and Neil Storey, and Claire Storey; and one great-grandchild, Oliver Ortiz. Also surviving are three nephews of his late sister, Shirley, and her husband, Walter: Paul, Peter and Mark, along with their families. He was preceded in death by his brother, David. After his divorce in 1977, Bill espoused Philip Howland Schatz in a happy and prized 'marriage' until his death last week. In 1955 Bill began his teaching career in the department of history of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, specializing in Medieval History. He was department chair for six years and an adjunct professor in the department of theology, teaching Liturgy and Church History. During most of those years he was also a fairly well-known activist in interracial affairs, the war against the Vietnamese people, and the beginnings of the Catholic Pentecostal Movement. As a result, he was not popular with the Duquesne administration, the bishop of Pittsburgh, and as it turned out, with the F.B.I., which kept an all too copious file on him and tried, and failed, to prevent him from becoming a citizen in 1965. Bill was rather relieved in 1967 when he was invited to teach in the newly founded doctoral program in liturgical studies at Notre Dame. In 1968 he was asked to devise an undergraduate program for majors in theology and began a 10-credit course in Church History as the core of that program. Bill retired in 1985 but continued directing doctoral students in Liturgy until 1988. He enjoyed a long and fruitful connection with many of his students and colleagues and was grateful for their cooperation and lasting friendship. In retirement Bill became part-owner of Erasmus Books in South Bend and with his partner, Philip, enjoyed a long career as book sellers. He continued his career in publishing a popular series of prayer books. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday evening, January 24th, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Hedwig Catholic Church, 331 S. Scott St., South Bend, IN. Visitation will be prior to the Mass from 4 until 6 p.m. in the church with a dinner to follow the Mass. Contributions in memory of Bill may be offered to Church World Service, 28606 Phillips St., Elkhart, IN, 46514; or St. Margaret's House, 117 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601. The family is especially grateful for Philip, for his unconditional love and hope, and for the nurses and doctors at Memorial Hospital. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com. Bill died in the communion of the Catholic Church and asks his children, grandchildren, friends, and other relatives to pray for the repose of his soul. They may like to use this prayer: Heavenly Father, By the precious blood shed by your only Son On the cross of Cavalry for our salvation, And by the prayers of the great Mother of God, Mary most holy, and of all the saints gone before us; Please forgive the sins of Bill Storey, committed by his own fault, In his thoughts and in his words, and by what he failed to do. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 19, 2014
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