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Published January 04, 2009, 12:00 AM

Fr. George Lommel

Fr. George Lommel, 88, of Grafton, North Dakota died Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at the Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton.

Fr. George Lommel, 88, of Grafton, North Dakota died Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at the Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Grafton. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Lidgerwood, North Dakota.

Visitation will be held at St. John’s Church on Tuesday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm with a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm. There will also be visitation for two hours prior to the funeral at the church.

George Daniel Lommel was born September 17, 1920 in Lidgerwood, North Dakota the first child of five born to Francis “Frank” and Margaret (Lynch) Lommel. He was raised there, graduating from Lidgerwood High School in 1937. He then attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and then went on to St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, CO. On June 1, 1946 he was ordained a Catholic Priest in Lidgerwood by then Bishop Aloisius Muench. Over the years Father Lommel has had many assignments in the Diocese of Fargo. In 1946 he served as a Temporary Substitute at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Parish in Mantador, ND and later that year he served as the Secretary in the Chancery Office in Fargo, ND until August of 1947. He then began serving as the Assistant Pastor at St. John’s Parish in Wahpeton, ND. In July of 1951 he became Pastor of St. Paul’s Parish serving Tappen and Steele, ND and Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Williams, ND. With parishioners he built a new church in Steele. He served there until 1959 when he was appointed to St. Augustine’s Parish in Fessenden, ND, where he was Pastor for ten years. In 1969 he was appointed Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Grafton, ND where he served for fifteen years. In 1979 Fr. George was selected “Outstanding Citizen” and presented with the Citizen Achievement Award by the Grafton Chamber of Commerce. His next assignment brought him to St. Edward’s Parish in Drayton, ND and Assumption Parish in Pembina in 1984. He served there until 1991 when he became sole Pastor at Assumption Parish. Fr. Lommel was instrumental in building the new St. Edward’s Church while serving in Drayton. He retired in 1995, just short of 50 years in active priesthood with the Fargo Diocese. Over the years Father Lommel also served on the Board of Consultors, Pastoral Council, Apostolic Council, Knights of Columbus Chaplain, and Dean of Deanery 4.

While serving his parishes as their priest, Fr. Lommel also served in the National Guard as a Military Chaplain for 27 years. In 1980 he retired from the National Guard with the rank of Major. After his retirement he moved to Grafton and later became a resident of the Lutheran Sunset Home.

Fr. George made many friends at every parish he served and spoke often of the good people in his parish, especially the youth. He thoroughly enjoyed his work as a Priest and also working as Chaplain to the “boys” in the guard. He often gratefully thanked God for his good health which enabled him to have so many good years. He had a great sense of humor, was gifted with a good memory and loved to entertain his friends and family. He enjoyed traveling, hunting and fishing, good music, good restaurants, and athletic events of all kinds; and was known to be exceptionally lucky at horse races and casinos.

Fr. Lommel is survived by his sister, Mary Collins of Indianapolis, IN and sister-in-law: Marjorie Lommel of Herman, MN. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert and John and sister, Rose Ellen Lavasseur.

Father Lommel’s family would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to all of his friends who have so graciously helped him throughout the years; and to the staff at Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton for their loving care. He will be missed by many, but welcomed by our Lord, and a host of family and friends in heaven.

On-Line Guest Book at www.bildenfuneralhome.com

The Bilden Funeral Home of Northwood, North Dakota is assisting the family with arrangements.