Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz

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Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz, 87, of La Grange, died Saturday, July 5, 2014 at College Station Medical Center in College Station. Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz was born in Chappell Hill on Sept. 18, 1926, the son of Tony and Josephine (Bilski) Mazurkiewicz. Msgr. Harry attended St. Mary’s School in Brenham and went on to graduate from St. Edward’s High School in Austin before entering St. Mary’s Seminary in La Porte. He was ordained May 26, 1951, at St. Mary’s Church in Brenham. He was briefly assigned to St. Monica’s in Cameron before returning to St. Mary’s in Brenham where he served as an Associate Pastor. In June of 1956, he was assigned Associate Pastor of Sacred Heart, and in 1966 he
became Pastor of Sacred Heart where he served until his retirement in 2006. Msgr. Harry served as Chaplain in the 871st Engineer Battalion U.S. Army Corps with the rank of Captain. Msgr. Harry served in different ranks in the diocesan level including Presbyteral Council, Clerical Endowment Fund, and Diocesan Development Fund Advisory Committee. He was appointed Domestic Prelate on May 9, 1982. He served as the Dean of the Eastern Deanery and Consulter and member of the Personnel Committee for Bishop Aymond. He also served as the State Chaplain of KJT. Locally, Msgr. Harry served as a charter member of the Fayette Library Museum and Archives Board and as Chaplain of the La Grange Fire Department for over 44 years. He served as a member of the Hospital Foundation Board. Msgr. Harry is survived by
two sisters: Esther Kubeczka and husband, Joe, of Conroe and Sister Florentine Mazurkiewicz, a Sister of the Divine Providence at Our Lady of the Lake Convent in San Antonio; brother, J.T. Mazurkiewicz and wife, Irene, of Brenham; nieces and nephews: Greg Kubeczka and wife, Lorene of Conroe; Mary Krolczyk and husband, Tom, of Conroe; Karen Wierzbicki and husband, Roy, of Cypress; Robert Kubeczka and wife, Carole, of Cypress; Barbara Jaloway of Sealy; Mary Holtcamp and husband, Charles, of Brenham; Clara Grundy and husband, Paul, of Tucson, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Josephine Mazurkiewicz; brother, Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz, sister-inlaw Patricia Mazurkiewicz, and nephews Christopher and Edward Mazurkiewicz. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home and from 3 to 8 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Funeral Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 539 E. Pearl St. in La Grange, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Brenham. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clerical  Endowment Fund (CEF), Diocese of Austin Council of Catholic Women (for the Education of Seminarians), Msgr. Harry’s Scholarship Fund, Sacred Heart School Endowment Fund; or charity of one’s choice. Mail to: P.O. Box 548, La Grange, Texas 78945-0548. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.
Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange is in charge of arrangements.  
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