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Reverend Edward C. Bolez
Rev. Edward C. Bolez, Pastor Emeritus of the former Saint John Capistrano Church, Bethlehem, died on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at the age of 84, at the Saint Lukes Hospice House, Bethlehem, PA. A native of Allentown, Father Bolez was the son of the late Geza P. and Maria R. (Gaspar) Bolez. Father Bolez attended Sacred Heart of Jesus Parochial School, Allentown, and Central Catholic High School, Allentown. He studied for the priesthood at Pope John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, MA. He was ordained to the priesthood on February 23, 1974 by The Most Reverend Joseph McShea at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Allentown. Father Bolezs first priestly assignment was Parochial Vicar, Saint Peter Church, Reading, followed by Parochial Vicar, Saint Elizabeth Church, Whitehall; Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart Church, West Reading; Chaplain, Reading Hospital; Chaplain, Alvernia College, Reading; Chaplain and Resident, Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville; and Parochial Vicar, Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Allentown. Father Bolezs pastoral assignment was at the former Saint John Capistrano Church, Bethlehem, where he remained Pastor until his retirement. During the course of his priestly ministry, Father Bolez held the following Auxiliary Diocesan assignment: Regional Director, Council of Catholic Nurses, Berks County. Upon retirement, Father Bolez was named Pastor Emeritus of the former Saint John Capistrano Church, Bethlehem. Prior to joining the priesthood he was a radio and electrical engineer for WSAN and entertained the public as the night watchman. Survivors: Brother, Carl A. Bolez of Allentown; sisters, Elizabeth J. and Agnes G. Bolez, both of Allentown. He was predeceased by his siblings, Geza, Otto, William, Mary, Carl, Francis, Emma, Geza, and Edward. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Bolez will be celebrated at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 336 North Fourth Street, Allentown, PA, by His Excellency, the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, on Monday, September 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. Calling hours will be held in the church before Mass from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Allentown, immediately following the Mass. Arrangements by Stephens Funeral Home Inc., Allentown. www.stephensfuneral.com. Contributions: To Sacred Heart Church, 336 North 4th Street, Allentown, PA 18102.
Published in Morning Call on Sept. 11, 2013
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