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My Town Kalamazoo: Memorial set for senior diocesan priest
My Town Kalamazoo: Memorial set for senior diocesan priest

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Funeral arrangements are set for a senior priest of the Diocese of Kalamazoo.

Reverend John M. Grathwohl was 84 years old when he passed away Sunday, March 30. 

Fr. Grathwohl was a pastor of St. Thomas More Student Parish from July of 1981 until he retired in 1995. He also served a number of parishes in the Diocese of Kalamazoo and the Diocese of Lansing, including St. Charles of Borrome, St. Augustine Cathedral Parish, St. Monica, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Ambrose, Immaculate Conception, and St. Mary in Paw Paw.  Fr. Grathwohl also served as a U.S. Army chaplain in Vietnam during the height of the war.

"We are grateful and honored by Fr. Grathwohl’s long service to the mission of the Church here in the Diocese of Kalamazoo and we are comforted by the fact that he has eternal rest with our Lord,” said The Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley, bishop of the Diocese of Kalamazoo. “Fr. Grathwohl was a witness to the gospel and will be honored for the courageous use of his pastoral gifts as an Army chaplain in Vietnam. He will be fondly remembered for his smile, playful spirit and selflessness.”

Visitation for Fr. Grathwohl will be held at St. Catherine of Siena in Portage on Friday, April 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Recitation of the rosary will take place at 7 p.m.  An additional visitation is scheduled for Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. with the burial mass right after.