Kasperek, Rev. David D.
With faith in the Resurrection of Jesus, we offer our prayers for Reverend David D. Kasperek, who died on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the age of 76, after many years of facing the challenges of cancer.
Father Kasperek was born on July 21, 1937, in Appleton, WI, to Stanley and Margaret (Champeau) Kasperek. He attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, OH, where he earned degrees in philosophy and theology. He later did graduate work at Fordham University, earning an M.A. in Religious Education. Father was ordained a priest on May 25, 1963, by the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Egidio Vagnozzi, at the Josephinum Chapel in Worthington, OH.
Father Dave began his priestly ministry in June 1963, as Assistant Pastor at St. Rose Parish, Clintonville. In December 1963, he was appointed Assistant at St. Philip the Apostle Parish, Green Bay and in September 1964, he joined the faculty of St. Joseph Academy in Green Bay, while remaining at St. Philip the Apostle Parish. Father became Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Green Bay in 1969 and served in that role until 1982. Working closely with Richard Reichert and the staff of the Education Department, he was co-author of "The Green Bay Plan" a comprehensive approach to the Catholic faith for families, parishes and the diocese. He travelled throughout the diocese giving workshops on Vatican II's approach toward renewal in the church. During that time, he also served as Director of the Academy for Religion. In 1975, he became Co-Pastor with Father Paul Demuth of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Green Bay, while continuing as Director of Religious Education for the Diocese. In 1982, he became Pastor of SS. Edward and Isidore Parish, Flintville, where he served there faithfully for 30 years until his retirement on September 1, 2012.
Father also served as Episcopal Vicar of Vicariate VI and V, as Temporary Administrator, in 1991, of St. Benedict Parish, Suamico and St. Pius Parish, Little Suamico, as well as St. John Cantius Parish, Sobieski and St. Joseph Parish, Chase in 1992. He served as a Field Advocate for the Marriage Tribunal and as a member of the Presbyteral Council.
He is survived by his closest friends, Sheila DeLuca, Dick and Sara Reichert, and Father Paul Demuth; his sisters-in-law, Dee (Jim) Kasperek, Appleton and Nay (Ken) Kasperek, Neenah; nieces, Cheryl Van Toll and Theresa (Jim) Van Rooy; and nephews, Jeff (Laura) Kasperek, Mike (Connie) Kasperek and Kevin (Lisa) Kasperek, all of Appleton.
Father Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Stan and Marge; his brothers, Kenneth and James; sister-in-law, Billie Brown Kasperek; and nephew, Louie Van Toll.
Reception of the Body will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at SS. Edward and Isidore Catholic Church, 3667 Flintville Road, Green Bay (Flintville). Visitation will follow until 7 p.m., when a Prayer Service will be held, led by Sheila DeLuca and June Ingold. Friends may also call from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. The Funeral Liturgy, expressing our faith and our hope in the promised glory of the Lord's Resurrection, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with Bishop Robert F. Morneau as Celebrant. Fr. Paul Demuth will be Homilist. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Lakewood. Blaney Funeral Home, Green Bay is handling the funeral arrangements. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
A memorial fund has been established in Father Dave's name.
Special thanks are given to Doctor David Groteluschen and the entire staff at Green Bay Oncology located at St. Mary Hospital, to his special friends and family members Jeff and Tinker, to his caregivers from his parish and from Home Instead and to Unity Hospice. Because of their loving care, Father Dave was able to die peacefully at his home.
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from June 21 to June 22, 2014