Rev. Robert Cross
FUNERAL HOME
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 S. Marion St.
Oak Park, IL
Rev. Robert A. Cross, age 90, of River Forest, devoted son of the late John D. and Nellie X. Cross was born into eternal life on June 9. The youngest of 10 children, he was spoiled mightily and loved the attentions of his siblings who all preceded him in death: John, Helen, Ann, Edmund, Rev. Leonard, George, Mary, Kathleen, and Peggy. After an early retirement due to health, he spent 20 years as part of the Meek family, just a few doors down from where he grew up. He was loved by all and returned that love particularly through the sharing of Sacramental events and participating in family parties with good food and a hand of bridge. An avid golfer, he got his hole-in-one at age 86 on the 8th hole at Peninsula State Park. Ordained at Mundelein Seminary on May 1, 1952 he began his ministry at St. Mary's in Lake Forest. After a few years he was invited to teach at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and, when the school was split, he moved to the South Side. His students dubbed him "Sleepy Bob" as he enjoyed dozing off occasionally during the period after lunch, a skill he maintained throughout his life. He served as Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on Keeler Ave. in Chicago before coming to Ascension Parish in Oak Park as the first Pastor appointee of Cardinal Bernardin, where he was later named the Pastor Emeritus. A graduate of St. Luke School in River Forest, Fr. Bob returned to the Parish after retirement where he had celebrated his first Mass and joyfully served the people and children there for 20 years. Fr. Cross lived the Social doctrine of the Church and engaged in furthering ecumenical unity. Visitation Tuesday, June 13 from 3 to 8 pm. at St. Luke Church, 7600 Lake St., River Forest. On Wednesday, June 14, Visitation and Funeral will be at Ascension Church, 801 S. East Ave beginning at 9:30 until Mass at 10:30 am. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Mundelein Seminary or the Peace and Justice Organization of your choice are appreciated. Funeral info: 708-383-3191 or drechslerbrownwilliams.com
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Published by Chicago Tribune from Jun. 10 to Jun. 11, 2017.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jun
13
Visitation
3:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
St. Luke Church
7600 Lake St., River Forest, IL
Jun
14
Visitation
9:30a.m. - 10:30a.m.
Ascension Church
801 S. East Ave, IL
Jun
14
Funeral Mass
10:30a.m.
Ascension Church
801 S. East Ave, IL
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Dear Jim Meek Family,
Please accept my sympathy and promise of prayers at the death of your nephew, Fr. Bob Cross. I have known him since 1944 when I went to study for the priesthood at Quigley Preparatory Seminary and then at Mundelein Seminary and through his 65 years of priesthood. He was a good friend. Also thank you for hosting us for bridge on our day off.
Father John Sullivan St. Petronille Church
July 12, 2017
Mary Catherine Meek
June 17, 2017
Mary Catherine Meek
June 17, 2017
Mary Catherine Meek
June 17, 2017
Mary Catherine Meek
June 17, 2017
June 14, 2017
Father Cross was a truly wonderful priest in every way and a caring,loving,and gentle person. He said a beautiful funeral Mass for Helen Callahan, our wonderful Mother, at St. Giles in 2002. Previous to that, Fr. Cross said Mass at Holly Court in Oak Park every Saturday afternoon for our Mom and all the Holly Court residents. After our Mom had gone to the good Lord,Fr. Cross also took the time to conduct a beautiful ceremony in Austin Gardens in Oak Park, where he blessed the beautiful tree that we, the Callahan Family, had dedicated to our wonderful Mother. What a great priest and a great man! He was the best and he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Father Cross. Love from the all of the Callahan family!
Helen Callahan, daughter
June 14, 2017
Father Cross was my freshman English Professor in 1957. Room 1-D. Remember him as a kind, gentle soul. Much appreciated by a frightened 14 yr old. Last saw him at a QPS class reunion 10 or 15 yrs ago. He sat with us at our table. Still the same kind, unassumimg priest. RIP Father. You were truly one of my favorites.
George Hickey
June 12, 2017
Sorry to hear of another of our Quigley professors passing.
Richard Duslack
June 12, 2017
When I arrived At Quigley Noth 1957, Fr. Cross
immediately lowered my nerves as he was so..........approachable,inviting,and welcoming to this confused teenager. My confidence and
direction were confortably restored. Now Bob
is in store for an open arms welcome from our Loving Father in heaven. In my prayers always.
Bob was so influential in my Ordination in 1968. Kudos Father Bob.
Ted Kawczynski
June 12, 2017
Fr. Cross frequently celebrated 6:30 A.M. mass at St. Lukes until the last 2 years. He usually closed the service with the hymn 'Holy God We Praise Thy Name". What a beautiful 'coincidence' Sunday that after we prayed for him at mass, the service was closed with his favorite song. it told me that he is in the best place possible:)
Mary Fran Gleason
June 12, 2017
Please be comforted in knowing God cares for you and will help you in your time of need. I am sorry for your loss. RH
June 10, 2017
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