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Rev. Stephen Anthony Fronckewicz

June 27, 1926 February 1, 2013
Rev. Stephen Anthony Fronckewicz
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Obituary for Rev. Stephen Anthony Fronckewicz
Reverend Stephen Anthony Fronckewicz
Retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich
June 22, 1926 - February 1, 2013

Norwich -- The Reverend Stephen Anthony Fronckewicz, OSB, retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, died Friday, February 1, 2013, at St. Joseph Living Center in Willimantic, Connecticut. He was 86. Father Fronckewicz honorably served his Country as a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and faithfully served the Catholic Church in many capacities, including as Chaplain of the Holy Family Home and Shelter in Willimantic, Connecticut from 1989 to his retirement in 2009.

Father Fronckewicz was born in St. Louis, Missouiri, June 22, 1926, son of Anthony and Anna Fronckewicz. He studied for the priesthood at Conception Abbey in Conception, Missouri, St. Bede's Abbey in Peru, Illinois and the Abbey of St. Benoit du lac in Canada. He was ordained in St. Louis, Missouri, June 1,1957.

As a member of the Benedictine Order, he was a founding member of the Weston Priory in Weston, Vermont, where he acted as Prior until 1964. He then assumed the post of Chaplain at the Convent of St. Brigitta in Darien, Connecticut, which he held for 25 years, during which time he generously assisted in local parishes, including children's sacramental preparation.

Father Fronckewicz is survived by his brother, Carl Fronckewicz and his sister Theresa Vavra, both of Chesterfield, Missouri.

Father Fronckewicz' body will lie in state on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 9:30.m. until 10:30 a.m.
p.m. at Saint Joseph Church in Willimantic, followed by his Funeral Mass celebrated by The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich at 10:30 a.m.
Burial will be in the priests’ section of St. Joseph Cemetery in Norwich.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to a favorite charity.
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