Rev. Charles J. Snopek
CASTLE HAYNE, NC-- Rev. Charles J. Snopek, a retired priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Castle Hayne, N.C. He was 83.
He was born Jan. 9, 1930, in Cresco, Iowa, a son of Dr. Charles F. and Mary Loretta Snopek. He held a bachelor's degree from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., and a master's from Columbia University in New York. He moved to Greenville in 1971 and was a photographer and picture framer until 1981. He entered seminary at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., where he earned his Master of Divinity.
Father Snopek was ordained by Bishop Ernest L. Unterkoefler on Dec. 21, 1986, in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston.
His diocesan assignments included: parochial vicar, Blessed Sacrament Church, Charleston (1987); parochial vicar, St. John Neumann, Columbia (1987-88); parochial vicar, St. Mary Church, Greenville (1988-90); pastor, Precious Blood of Christ Church, Pawleys Island (1990-99); administrator, Jesus, Our Risen Savior Church, Spartanburg, 2003-2006.
He was predeceased by his parents and brother, John F. Snopek. He is survived by his sister, Maryanne Austin of Rocky Point, N.C.; nieces, Marguerite Austin-Gore, Mary Jo Austin and Patti Palmer; a nephew, A. C. Austin; and a great-nephew and niece, Ryland and Mallory Austin.
Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawley's Island. Interment will be in the church columbarium. Memorial donations may be made to: Precious Blood of Christ Church, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawley's Island, SC 29585 or Priests Retirement Fund, Diocese of Charleston, 1662 Ingram Road, Charleston, SC 29407-4242.