Father Louis Trzil, 91, died May 3, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Church in Cedar Rapids, with funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Archbishop Michael Jackels will officiate and the Rev. Monsignor Thomas Toale will be homilist. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements.
Father Trzil was born April 10, 1926, in Cedar Rapids, the eldest son of Louis and Georgia (Nejdl) Trzil's four children. He received his early education at Catholic schools in Cedar Rapids. He attended St. Procopius College, Lisle, Ill., and graduated from Loras College in Dubuque in 1946. He studied theology at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and was ordained May 27, 1950, by Archbishop Leo Binz in Dubuque.
His first assignment was as associate pastor at Holy Trinity in Protivin and Holy Cross in Schley (1950-55). He then served at St. Wenceslaus in Cedar Rapids (1955-60).
Father Trzil served as pastor of the following parishes: Assumption of the BVM in Little Turkey, 1960-62; St. Joseph in Prairieburg, 1962-68; St. Wenceslaus in Spillville, 1968-77; St. Wenceslaus in Cedar Rapids, 1977-83; Holy Trinity in Protivin, 1983-88; Holy Cross in Schley, 1985-88; St. Patrick in Buffalo Center and Sacred Heart in Woden, 1988-90; Immaculate Conception in Wexford and St. Ann-St. Joseph in Harpers Ferry, 1991-2010; and St. Pius V Parish in Cherry Mound, 1999-2010.
He was well-known for his concern for people in need, volunteering and assisting at the following: Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota; the Appalachian Region in Kentucky; Alcoholics Anonymous; Association for Retarded Children (ARC) in Iowa; and Luster Heights Minimum Security.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jerome; brother-in law, Robert Reu; and great-nephew, Paxton Snively.
He is survived by sisters, Mary Reu, Cedar Rapids, and Rose Ann Trzil, SSSF, Milwaukee, Wis.; sister-in-law, Phyillis, Marion; two nieces, Janice (Jody) Strand and Lisa (Mark) Snively; two nephews, Joseph Reu and Steven (Pam) Reu; eight great-nieces and nephews; and one great-great-nephew.
Memorials may be given to Pine Ridge Nature Native American Reservation. Please make checks payable to Mary Reu, 3625 Alice Rd., Toddville, IA 52341.
Posted on Tuesday, 9 May 2017