UP Priest Born in Two Rivers Dies
Fr. Clement Lepine Had Served in Ishpeming

The Compass (Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay)
December 1, 2000

A priest of the Diocese of Marquette, Mich., who was born in the Green Bay Diocese died Nov. 19 in Marinette. Fr. Clement LePine was 82.

Fr. LePine was born May 31, 1918, to Joseph and Margaret (Dupuis) LePine at Two Rivers, where he attended St. Luke School. He also went to St. Nazianz vocational school before studying at seminaries in St. Nazianz, Lanham, Md., and St. Paul.

He was ordained June 8, 1946, at St. John Cathedral, Milwaukee. His first Mass was offered at his home parish, St. Luke, Two Rivers. He assisted at the parishes of St. Anne, Escanaba; St. Joseph, Hancock; St. Mary, Sault Ste Marie; St. John, Marquette.

His first assignment as a pastor was at St. Edward, Alpha, in 1952. He later served at Our Lady of Lourdes, Engadine, 1957, and St. Joseph, Ishpeming, starting in 1957 and retiring from there in 1986. The new parish hall at St. Joseph Church was named in his honor. After moving to Menominee, he celebrated his Golden Jubilee of ordination on June 8, 1996, at Resurrection Church, Menominee.

Fr. LePine is survived by a sister, Sr. Isidore LePine of Fond du Lac, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by seven brothers and seven sisters.

The funeral liturgy was celebrated Nov. 22, at Resurrection Church, Menominee. The Bp. James Garland of Marquette concelebrated with other priests of the diocese. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.


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