|Birth: ||Dec. 13, 1928|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 25, 2011|
Father Roman B. Spors
Posted on: March 29, 2011
Dec. 13, 1928 — March 25, 2011
ST. CLOUD — Father Roman B. Spors, age 82, St. Cloud, Minn., died Friday, March 25, 2011, at St. Benedict's Senior Community, St. Cloud, Minn.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Emily's Catholic Church, Emily, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be Thursday, April 7, 2011, in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Rosen, Minn., following a 2 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minn.
Roman Bernard Spors was born Dec. 13, 1928, in Milbank, S.D., to John and Mary (Hackert) Spors of Rosen, Minn. After parochial school in Rosen, Minn., and public high school at Bellingham, Minn., Roman received a scholarship to attend St. John's University, graduating with a degree in chemistry, then attended St. Cloud Teachers College.
Following college, Roman was drafted and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon arriving in Korea, he transferred from the Infantry to the Army Band. By his life being spared in this manner, God called him to the priesthood. He attended St. John's University and the St. Paul Seminary for his priesthood studies, and was ordained on May 31, 1958, by Bishop Laurence Glenn in Duluth, celebrating his first Mass in Rosen on June 5, 1958.
Roman began his priestly appointments as assistant pastor at Good Shepherd Church (1958-60) and Sacred Heart Cathedral in Duluth (1961-1963). During these years he was also an instructor at Cathedral High School. While he was an assistant at St. Anthony's Church in Ely, Minn. (1963-66) he became close friends of the James and Shyrl Strang family and shared their love of music. Following other assignments at Split Rock, Sturgeon Lake and Brainerd, he remained at St. Emily's Church, Emily, Minn., until his Golden Jubilee celebration and retirement in June 2008, when he moved to St. Cloud.
Additional areas of service included Director of Rural Life Conference, as well as a spiritual advisor to the Cursillo Movement, which was a very important part of Roman's life.
Father loved being a "fix it" man, renovating a cabin, but he loved people most of all. His cabin on Trout Lake was open to all all the time. His gentle laid back nature made him approachable for everyone of all ages and faiths. Roman had a good sense of humor and loved to laugh. He will be deeply missed.
Father Roman is survived by two sisters and one brother, Marita (Spors) Schuelke, of Marietta, Minn., Sister Lois Spors, OSB, of Crookston, Minn., and Leon (Mariann) Spors, of Fort Collins, Colo.; and 28 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lawrence, and his spouse, Loretta (Reiffenberger); a sister, Mildred and her spouse Raymond Karels; and brother-in-law, Robert Schuelke, husband of Marita.
Jim and Shyrl Strang preceded him in death but the Strang children remained close friends and caretakers: Tom (Patty) Strang, Jack Strang, Mary Strang, and Kathy (Leo) Lara.
John Andrew Spors (1891 - 1965)
Mary Elizabeth Hackert Spors (1896 - 1959)
Lawrence Spors (1922 - 1966)*
Mildred Mary Spors Karels (1924 - 1968)*
Father Roman B Spors (1928 - 2011)
Lois Marie Spors (1937 - 2013)*
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Lac qui Parle County
Created by: Jim Lee
Record added: Mar 30, 2011
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