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Reverend William J. Ahlbach

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Reverend William J. Ahlbach

Father Ahlbach died suddenly on Friday, June 14, 2013, in San Mateo, California.

Beloved son of the late William J. Ahlbach and Margaret O'Connor Ahlbach. Brother of Donald, Gerald, Margaret, Mary and John; Brother-in-law of Marlene, Susan and Peggy; Uncle of Justin, Adam, Matthew, Martin, Suzanne, Beth, Gregory, Connor, Christopher and Mairead and Cousin to many in the O'Connor, Arata and Carson Families.

Father Bill graduated from St. Cecilia's Grammar School in 1950, St. Joseph's Seminary/College in 1956 and St. Patrick's Seminary in 1962. He was the last priest to be ordained in St. Mary's Cathedral on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, on June 9, 1962.

Although not one to suffer hypocrisy and bureaucracy lightly, Father Bill faithfully served the San Francisco Archdiocese for fifty-one years. He was a Parochial Vicar at St. Athanasius Church in Mountain View, Holy Name of Jesus Church in San Francisco, Church of the Resurrection in Sunnyvale, St. Dunston Church in Millbrae, St. Charles Church in San Carlos and for the last thirty-one years at St. Matthews Church in San Mateo. He passed away only thirty minutes after celebrating the Adoration Service at St. Matthew's last Friday evening.

Father Bill's ministry to the elderly, home-bound, infirmed and poor consumed his entire life. The Food Pantry at St. Matthew's was just one example of his dedication to God and God's people.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Reverend Anthony McGuire, Reverend Dominic Lee, Reverend Armando Gutierrez and Monsignor Warren Holleran for their friendship and support to Bill during the last few years of his declining health.

The visitation will be on Wednesday, June 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell Mortuary at 977 S. EI Camino Real, San Mateo, and after 6:00 p.m. at St. Matthew's Church, One Notre Dame Avenue, San Mateo, with the Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Matthews Church on Thursday, June 20th, at 10:00 a.m. There will be a Reception in the School Auditorium after the Mass. Private burial will be later at Holy Cross Cemetery.

If so inclined, donations may be sent to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Matthews Church, One Notre Dame Avenue, San Mateo, California 94402


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from June 18 to June 19, 2013
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