Rev. William J. Wargel, 75, Evansville

fwRev. William J. Wargel, 75, of Evansville, died Wednesday (July 1) while attending a conference in St. Louis with several brother priests of the Diocese of Evansville. He was born in Evansville November 14, 1939, to Charles F. and Olivia (Ritzert) Wargel.

After graduating from Sacred Heart School in Evansville in 1953, Father Wargel attended high school, college, and theological seminary at St. Meinrad Archabbey, graduating in 1957, 1961 and 1965, respectively. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1965, by Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman of Evansville. After serving on the faculties of Magister Noster Latin School and Reitz Memorial High School, and as director of Memorial’s ministry program, he served a number of parishes across the diocese, including St. Joseph in Jasper as assistant (appointed in June of 1969) and St. Ferdinand in Ferdinand as pastor (appointed in March of 1999). He retired from active priestly ministry in November 2004. Family and friends from across the diocese gathered May 24, 2015, at Holy Redeemer Parish in Evansville for a Jubilee Mass and reception in honor of his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.

He is survived by three brothers, Charlie Wargel and wife Beverly, Saginaw, Michigan, Tom Wagel and wife Rose Mary, Louisville, and Dr. James Wargel and wife Pauline, Rochester Hills, Michigan; three nieces, Jean Wargel, Emily Lomax and husband Jake,  and Carmen Wargel Fringer and husband Dr. Ryan Friger; two nephews, Mike and Jeff  Wargel; two grandnieces, Amelia Fringer and Morgan Lomax; and two grandnephews, Samuel Fringer and Peyton Lomax.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 918 W. Mill Road, Evansville with Very Rev. Bernie Etienne, Vicar General of the Diocese of Evansville, as principal celebrant. Interment will follow in the Priest’s Circle at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Pierre Funeral Home, 2601 W. Franklin Street, Evansville, where there will be a memorial service conducted by the church at 7 p.m. Friends may also visit with the family from 9 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Reitz Memorial High School, 1500 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN 47714, to the Olivia Ritzert Wargel Endowment for library improvements at Westside Catholic School, c/o the Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana, 4200 N. Kentucky Ave, Evansville, IN 47724, or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research , Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777. Condolences may be made online at www.pierrefuneralhome.com.

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