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Obituary - January 2017

The Northern Cross - January 2017

Father Alfred Donald (Father Al) Kaster

Father Alfred Donald Kaster passed away peacefully at the home of his brother Bill in Long Lake on Nov. 28. Born Nov. 25, 1931, to German parents, Fredrich and Martha, he was the third of seven children: Bernard, Gertrude, Robert, Paul, William and Stephen. Father Al’s education included both public and parochial schools.

After graduating high school in 1949, Father Al went on to graduate from the Crosier Seminary in 1952. Under the supervision of the Diocese of Duluth, he completed his philosophy and theology education at the Benedictine Seminary. Father Al was then ordained a priest by Bishop Francis Schenk at the Church of St. George in Long Lake. His first assignments include serving people in Ely, Duluth and as a pastor in Cloquet. He served the Diocese of Duluth for 25 years until being transferred to California due to health reasons. There he served as a priest in the Diocese of Sacramento for 30 years before retiring from active ministry.

Father Al spent his retirement assisting parishes in northern California as well as his “work vacation” at St. Anthony Church in Ely, his first assignment, where he returned yearly to serve the people of the parish as well as to visit his favorite fishing spot whenever time allowed.

Father Al will be missed by his brother Bill, sister-in-law Pat, cousin Mike and his wife Kit, and all of his many friends in the Duluth and Sacramento dioceses.

A funeral Mass took place Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Church of St. George in Long Lake.

Father Bogumil Kosciesza- Strgomia, O.P., K.H.S.

On Sept. 1, Father Bogumil Kosciesza passed away in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was perpetually professed in the Priestly Fraternity of St. Dominic (Brother Hyacinth Maria) and a priest of the Diocese of Duluth.

He was born April 18, 1926 in Warsaw, Poland. He was a widower, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Father Bogumil was ordained to the priesthood June 12, 1994 in the Diocese of Duluth after the death of his wife Ida. A veteran of World War II, 2nd Lt. Polish Army, and participant in Warsaw Uprising of 1944, he was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restitula. A chemist by profession, he was also an essayist and editor.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Catherine Laboure, Wheaton, Maryland. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.