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Felix Diomartich Obituary
November 1, 1914 - June 7, 2016 At the age of 101, Msgr. Felix Diomartich was called to heaven from his residence at Nazareth House in Los Angeles. He was a religious leader of Croatians in Southern California for over 6 decades. Born on the island of Zlarin, Croatia, he studied Philosophy and Theology in Zagreb and received his priestly ordination at his home church in Zlarin on August 8, 1937. After a year of service in Vodice as Associate Pastor, the Bishop of ¿ibenik sent him to the Pontifical College of St. Jerome in Rome, Italy where he earned two doctorates: Theology and Canon Law and later achieved the title of Lawyer of the Sacra Romana Rota, the Church High Council. In 1947, Msgr. Diomartich left Rome to serve as Associate Pastor in New York. In 1950, Msgr. Diomartich was assigned to St. Anthony Croatian Catholic Church in Los Angeles, where he served the Croatian community of Los Angeles County for 36 years. During his tenure at St. Anthony's, Msgr. Diomartich formed youth clubs that practiced Croatian national dances. Additionally, he started the St. Anthony's Annual Picnic-Festival 63 years ago, a tradition which has remained the biggest assembly of Los Angeles County Croatians to this day. He was instrumental in building the Parish Rectory and Center. The most important accomplishment for Msgr. Diomartich was his ability to successfully connect the old-timers and their American-born children with newly-arrived immigrants and Croatian refugees. In addition to his parish duties, Msgr. Diomartich held high positions in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was "Defensor Vinculi" at the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal, counselor for newly ordained priests, Vicar for Multilingual Ministry and member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. In 1978, Pope Paul VI named him as his honorary prelate with the title of Monsignor. In 2008, the Croatian National Association honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Monsignor Diomartich retired from the administration of St. Anthony Croatian Parish in 1986. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Felix and Maria Diomartich and brother Bruno. He is survived by two sisters Victoria Beban and Violet Krasovec, nephew Felix Krasovec and nieces Dianne Krasovec and Mary Ann Scott. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Felix Diomartich. Please call 310-377-1617 for details. These donations will be used to defray funeral expenses and any remaining funds will be distributed to Msgr. Diomartich's designated charities. Vigil/Rosary: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 7 pm Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church 870 West 8th Street, San Pedro, CA Funeral Mass: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 11 am St. Anthony Croatian Catholic Church 712 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA Interment: Thursday, June 23, 2016 noon Calvary Cemetery 4201 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 17 to June 19, 2016
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