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Fr. Willard F. "Bill" Jabusch

March 12, 1930 - December 8, 2018

Fr. Willard F. “Bill” Jabusch, 88, passed on December 8th. Beloved son of the late A. Elmer and Frances Jabusch. Dear brother of Donna (the late Barry) Rankin. Uncle of Christi (Ryan) Swier. Great-uncle of Samuel. Fr. Bill was a Catholic priest, educated at Mundelein Seminary, Loyola University and Northwestern Univers…read more

Fr. Willard F. “Bill” Jabusch, 88, passed on December 8th. Beloved son of the late A. Elmer and Frances Jabusch. Dear brother of Donna (the late Barry) Rankin. Uncle of Christi (Ryan) Swier. Great-uncle of Samuel. Fr. Bill was a Catholic priest, educated at Mundelein Seminary, Loyola University and Northwestern University. His education was enhanced at the University of London, and as a composer, at the Chicago Conservatory. He was ordained in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1956. Fr. Jabusch served as priest at Old St. James parish and has taught at several institutions including the Chicago-area schools Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Niles College, and Mundelein Seminary, as well as Notre Dame University and the American College at the University of Louvain in Belgium. More recently he served as chaplain and director of Calvert House at the University of Chicago. Fr. Bill was the author of several books including City on the Tiber, Walk Where Jesus Walked, The Person in the Pulpit and The Spoken Christ. He has contributed many articles to Commonweal, America and The Tablet. Fr. Jabusch has also written plays including Francesco, Vincent and the Kingdom and No Other Gods. Fr. Jabusch is also known for singable hymns. The two most popular, “The King of Glory” and “Whatsoever You Do,” have been translated into many languages. He will be remembered and missed by all. Visitation Thursday, December 13th, 6 PM, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1012 Lake Street, Evanston, until time of Funeral Mass at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Malachy School Chicago, 2252 W Washington, Blvd, Chicago or University of St. Mary of the Lake in Fr. Willard F. Jabusch’s name would be appreciated. Interment Friday, December 14th, 11:00am at University of St. Mary of the Lake ,1000 E Maple Ave, Mundelein . Info 773-736-3833 or visit Fr. Bill’s memorial at www.smithcorcoran.com

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

St. Mary Catholic Church Evanston

1012 Lake St
Evanston, IL 60201

Service Information

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm

St. Mary Catholic Church Evanston

1012 Lake St
Evanston, IL 60201

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018

University of St. Mary of the Lake

1000 E. Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060

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