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Rev Lawrence J. Marbach

Rev Lawrence J. Marbach

Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota, USA
Death 7 Nov 2012 (aged 86)
Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 100492149 · View Source
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Reverend Lawrence J. Marbach, age 86, of Yankton, SD died Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at the Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton, SD of an extended illness. He was comforted in death by the presence of his brothers, Mr. Jerome Marbach and Mr. Donald Marbach along with his brother priest, Reverend Ken Lulf.

Fr. Lawrence was born in Yankton, SD on May 28, 1926 to Joseph and Marie (Mader) Marbach and raised in Yankton, SD. He attended Sacred Heart Grade School and Yankton High School. Seminary training began at St. Bernard Seminary of Sioux Falls, SD, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN and St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN for six years. Upon completing the seminary course, he was ordained into the priesthood at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton, SD on May 31, 1952 by the Most Reverend William O. Brady, Bishop of Sioux Falls, SD.

Upon his ordination, Father Marbach served as an associate pastor at the parishes of Saint Agnes, Vermillion and Saint Thomas More, Brookings. In 1958 he was appointed pastor and served in the parishes of Saint Pius X, Onida, Holy Rosary, Agar, and Holy Spirit, Blunt. Father Marbach went on to serve as pastor at the parishes of Immaculate Conception, Waubay, Saint Paul the Apostle, Armour, Saint Ann, Miller, Christ the King, Webster, Saint Anthony, Bristol, Saint Joseph, Lily, Saint Michael, Clark, and Saint James, Willow Lake-Bryant. In June of 1996, Father Marbach retired from active ministry.

After completing his assignments and while living in the Yankton area, Father Marbach offered priestly ministry to the infirmed at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and its related facilities as well as to the imprisoned at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp. Father Marbach was also active in providing substitute Sunday Mass coverage to surrounding parishes and, with great regularity, provided pastoral ministry to the faithful of Saint Agnes Parish (Sigel) in rural Utica, and House of Mary Shrine.

This past year, Father Marbach was joined by two ordination classmates, Reverend Charles Duman and Monsignor Carlton Hermann, in celebrating their sixtieth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood at a celebration held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton.

Father Marbach had two passions in his life: automobiles and priesthood.

He is survived by his two brothers: Don Marbach, Yankton, SD and Jerome "Joe" (Jody) Marbach, Pierre, SD; nephew, Mark Marbach and children: Nicholas and Emily Marbach, Pierre, SD; niece, Nancy (Mark) East, and children: Caiden and Cody, Sioux Falls, SD, cousins: Jeanne (John) Ranek, Sioux Falls, SD and their family and grandchildren, Howard (Mary) Bechen, Letcher, SD, Edward (Joyce) Bechen, Artesian, SD, Raymond (Janet) Marbach, Manchester, IA, Ronald (Marjean) Marbach, Dyersville, IA, William Killingsworth, Florida, Bradley Killingsworth, Bolivia, William (Donna) Grovijahn, Yankton, SD, Agnes Grovijahn, Yankton, SD, Delores Donovan, Columbia, MO, Robert (Mary) Grovijahn, Billings, MT, many nieces and nephews, and special friend, Robert Ritter, Brookings, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers are: Don Marbach, Joe Marbach, Ron Marbach, Ray Marbach, Mark Marbach, Larry Murphy and Mark East.

Obituary & Photo is from The Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home




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  • Added: 10 Nov 2012
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