Rev. James P. Menge

The Republican
August 9, 2010

Rev. James P. Menge 1936-2010 HOLYOKE - Reverend James Paul Menge, 74, was called home to the Lord on Friday, August 6, 2010, in the loving presence of his family at Mary's Meadow, Holyoke. Born July 14, 1936 in Springfield, he was the son of the late Kurt and Genevieve (Trybulski) Menge. Father Jim was a graduate of Cathedral High School Springfield. He studied classics at Saint Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, CT, 1954-1956 and continued his studies in philosophy and theology at Saint John Seminary in Brighton 1956-1962. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Springfield by the Most Reverend Christopher J. Weldon, Bishop of Springfield in Saint Michael's Cathedral, Springfield on January 27, 1962. He served as an assistant at St. Anthony Parish, North Adams, St. Mary Parish, Springfield, Holy Name Parish, Springfield all in 1962; Holy Cross Parish, Holyoke 1962-1963; Sacred Heart Parish, Holyoke, 1963-1967; Holy Name Parish, Springfield 1967-1971; St. Mary Parish, Longmeadow, 1971-1976; St. Thomas Parish, West Springfield 1976-1977; St. Francis Parish, North Adams, 1978-1979. Father James served as pastor of St. Francis Parish, North Adams, 1978-1979; Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Southwick 1979-1993; St. Patrick Parish, Chicopee from 1993-1997 and Holy Trinity Parish, Greenfield from 1997-2000. Father James was appointed Director of Newman Apostolate at Bay Path College from 1971-1977; an Advocate and Notary in 1977; a member of the Diocesan Budget Committee from 1992-1994 and Dean of Hampden West Deanery from 1992-1994. He was elected to the Diocesan Priest's Senate serving from 1980-1983 and the Presbyterial Council from 1994-1997. He was the chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of the Lake, Southwick and was chaplain to the Southwick Fire Department. Father Jim retired in 2000. A man who always had a smile on his face, he was a dedicated priest who was always there for his parishioners, family and friends. He loved animals and was often seen walking his Cairn Terriers. He was known to have rescued several strays over the years and was always available to participate in blessing of the animals at MSPCA events. Father Jim was an avid Red Sox fan as well as a hockey enthusiast as a season ticket holder of the Springfield Falcons. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the wonderful and dedicated nursing staff at the Sisters of Providence Infirmary and Mary's Meadow. They are all true angels on earth. Father Jim leaves his loving and caring sisters, Marilyn E. Stearns and her husband Lawrence of Longmeadow; Therese B. Bordas and her husband Carl of Springfield; his loving nieces and nephews, Kurt and wife Adilza Bordas of Holyoke; Emily Bordas of West Springfield; James Anziano and John Anziano both of Springfield, Paul Anziano and wife Kim of Belchertown, Mark Anziano of West Hartford, Carl Stearns and wife Kim of Cour d'Alene, Idaho, Vikki Bosse and husband Peter of Walpole and Martha Stearns of Springfield. Father Jim will Lie in State in the Holy Spirit Chapel, Bishop Marshall Center, Springfield, on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 beginning at 3:00 p.m. with a Vigil Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Timothy A. McDonnell, Bishop of Springfield on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Michael's Cathedral 254 State St., Springfield. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Springfield. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Seminarian Education Fund, Diocese of Springfield, P. O. Box 1730, Springfield, MA 01102-1730 or Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073 To share your memories of Father Jim please visit on-line guest book at Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lawrence A. Maziarz Mortuary, Chicopee.

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