2017-12-07 / Obits



KAFKA, 84, of Imlay City, died

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy - Oakland of Pontiac.

Matthew Stanley Kafka was born September 15, 1933, in Chicago, IL. He is the son of the late Mathew S. and the late Helen (Sarna) Kafka, Sr. Matthew was a high school graduate of DePaul College Prep in Chicago, IL, and attended DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Matthew served in the Army during the Post Korean War Era war from 1956-1958. He attended Seminary School at SS. Cyril & Methodius in Orchard Lake and was ordained at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, South Bend, IN, on May 29, 1965.

From 1965-2001, he served at several churches as Assistant, a Pastor, and a Seminarian. 1965 at St. Adalbert, South Bend, IN; 1971 as Assistant at St. Patrick, Fort Wayne, IN; 1976 as Assistant at Holy Family, South Bend, IN; 1978 as Administrator at St. Mary of the Lake, Culver, IN; 1979 as Pastor of St. Mary of the Lake, Culver, IN; 1987 as Pastor of St. Hedwig, South Bend, IN; 1988 at Orchard Lake Seminary, Orchard Lake; 1991 as Pastor of St. Patrick, Fort Wayne, IN; 2000 as Associate Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Fort Wayne, IN; 2001 as Pastor of St. Patrick Arcola, Fort Wayne, IN. In 2002, Fr. Matt retired to St. Cornelius in Dryden and concluded his retirement at Sacred Heart in Imlay City.

Fr. Matt is preceded in death by his parents, Mathew and Helen Kafka.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 700 Maple Vista, Imlay City, with Rev. Fr. Paul Ward officiating. A Rosary will be held 6 p.m. on December 8, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church followed by solemn vespers 6:30 p.m., Mass of the Day at 7 p.m. and Scripture and Vigil for the Dead at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, IL, on Tuesday, December 12 at 1 p.m. Visiting hours will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday, December 8 and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, December 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Imlay City.

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