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Father Joseph Felker


1946 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Father Joseph Felker Obituary
April 10, 1946 - December 03, 2017

Father Joseph Felker died Sunday night, December 3, 2017. Fr. Joe was recently diagnosed with an aggressive pancreatic cancer and died in the health center of Altavita Village, formerly known as Air Force Village West.

He was born April 10, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to Edward and Marie (Gerdeman) Felker. He graduated with a B.A. from Creighton University in Omaha in 1968 and with a M.Div. from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. Fr. Joe also earned a M.A. in Education from St. Thomas College in 1974. He was ordained a priest in 1973. He served in St. Paul Archdiocesan Education Center and various parishes in Minnesota until 1989, when he arranged to transfer to Diocese of San Bernardino to be near his aged parents, who then lived in Hemet.

He served as Associate Pastor in Montclair and later as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Redlands,(now Holy Name of Jesus). In 2000 he was appointed Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Riverside and served until 2013, when he retired due to failing health.

He is survived by his niece and nephew, Tina and Tony Pertle, both residents of Tulare, California.

The funeral mass for Fr. Joseph Felker will be celebrated on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, by Father Ed Cardoza, close friend for many years. Interment will be later at the Felker Family Plot, San Jacinto Valley Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Akes Family Funeral Home.

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Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Dec. 10, 2017
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