Obituary: Father Frank Tomasiewicz

Father Frank Stanley Tomasiewicz, 90, died June 11 at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Augustine Church, St. Cloud, Tuesday, June 18, at 11 a.m. with Bishop Patrick Neary, C.S.C., presiding. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, at a later time.

He was born July 3, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Frank and Stefanie Biel Tomasiewicz.  He attended Blessed Agnes Elementary School and Farragut High School, both in Chicago, and Saint John’s University in Collegeville. He received his seminary training at Saint John’s Seminary, Collegeville.

Father Tomasiewicz was ordained by Bishop Peter W. Bartholome at St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud, June 5, 1965, and celebrated his first Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church in Sartell on June 13, 1965.

He served in the following pastoral assignments in the St. Cloud Diocese: associate pastor, St. Ann, Wadena; St. Anthony, St. Cloud; St. Paul, Sauk Centre; pastor, St. John Nepomuk, Lastrup; St. John the Baptist, Bluffton and Holy Cross, Butler; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Isanti; St. Columbkille, St. Wendel; administrator, and later pastor, of St. Anne, Kimball. He retired July 1, 2003.

Father Tomasiewicz served in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He served as chaplain for the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1979 and as chaplain for the United States Army Reserves from 1980 to 1988. He served as dean of the St. Joseph Deanery from 1999 to 2003.

He is survived by brother, John, and sisters, Sharon and Linda. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Richard, Raymond, Jerome and George, and sister Patricia (Szczygiel).


Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.


Uncle- Fr. Frank is survived by many nieces and nephews as well as great and great-great nieces and nephews. We have so many fond and loving memories. We always looked forward to his visits back to Illinois and our trips up to Minnesota.
Eternal rest grant to him O Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May all those he has prayed for over the many years of service to Holy Mother Church and those who have prayed for him, be blessed with Peace and Hope of reuniting in Heaven.
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy on us.
Lovingly and Faithfully.
Tony, Michelle, Breanna, Alexis, Jason and Tyler Cerrillos

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