Archive for Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Obituary: The Rev. John M. Stitz


August 10, 2005

Services for the Rev. John Michael Stitz, 78, Lansing, former parish priest of Corpus Christi Church, Mooney Creek community, Winchester, were Aug. 1, 2005, at Annunciation Chapel, University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth. Burial was in the Corpus Christi Church Cemetery, Mooney Creek, north of Winchester.

Father Stitz died July 26, 2005, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. He was born on April 8, 1927, in Baileyville, the son of John A. and Elizabeth (Engelken) Stitz.

He attended Baileyville schools, graduated from St. Benedict College in Atchison, and Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis.

He was ordained on Feb. 28, 1953. He received his master's and doctoral degrees in American studies from Kansas University in Lawrence.

Father John served parishes at Holy Name in Topeka from 1953 to 1954; St. Gregory's in Marysville from 1954 to 1955; Sacred Heart in Kansas City, Kan., from 1955 to 1957; Sacred Heart in Sabetha, from 1957 to 1963; Sacred Heart in Tonganoxie from 1963 to 1979; and Corpus Christi in Mooney Creek from 1979 until his retirement in 1995.

He served as chaplain at Saint Mary College in Leavenworth for 20 years. He was director of Papal Volunteers and Kansas Volunteers, director of Human Development, Rural Life, and Catholic Relief Services in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan.

Survivors include four sisters, Marcella Montgomery of Topeka, Alma Mastrogiovanni, Eugene, Ore., Bernita Campo of Bothell, Wash., and Bernice Roth, Emmett; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, or the Benedictine Sisters in Atchison, and may be sent in care of Becker-Dyer-Stanton and O'Trimble Funeral Home, 800 Kansas Ave., Atchison 66002. Condolences to the family may be left online at

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