Father James Wafzig, 83, dies

Father James E. Wafzig, 83, died Nov. 3 at Mercy Sacred Heart Village Home. He was a native of Louisville, Ky., and ordained to the priesthood on March 26, 1955.

Father Wafzig served as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Campbellsville, Ky., and at St. Margaret Mary and St. Aloysius churches in Louisville. He was in residence at St. Athanasius Church after his retirement in 1999.

Father Wafzig also served as associate pastor of St. Augustine, Holy Trinity, St. Benedict, Holy Family and St. Martin of Tours churches in Louisville and at St. Catherine Church in New Haven, Ky. He also served as chaplain at University of Louisville Hospital, was active in Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and also served as the presenting priest for Marriage Encounter.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Jerome and Melanie Wafzig; sister-in-law Pat Wafzig and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Highland Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 and at St. Athanasius Church, 5915 Outer Loop, on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Nov. 7 at St. Athanasius at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of gifts to St. Athanasius or St. Margaret Mary churches.


*This story was updated on Nov. 13. Originally, it indicated an incorrect birthplace of Father Wafzig.

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