James Edward Dandelet, 88, Easton

Published 10:44 am Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Father James Edward Dandelet, 88, of Easton, Minn., entered into eternal life early Sunday morning, Oct. 14, 2012, at the Grand Meadow Healthcare Center.

James E. Dandelet

He is united once again with his parents, James and Louise (Tousignant) Dandelet; sisters and brothers-in-law, Irenaea and Kenneth (Wedding), Mary Joan and A.J. (Vogel), Marian and Bernard (Kroc); sister, Betty.

Born in Mason City, Iowa, on June 30, 1924, and raised in Austin, Minn., Father Dandelet attended Austin Junior College; Pasadena Junior College in ASTP Army Program; Loyola/Marymount, L.A.; St. Mary’s Winona; and the St. Paul Seminary. He was ordained into priesthood on June 6, 1954. Father Dandelet’s first appointment was Parochial Vicar for St. Felix in Wabasha for two years.

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In the years to follow, 1956 through 1967, he became the parochial vicar for St. Stanislaus in Winona, Minn.; instructor for Cotter High School in Winona; parochial vicar for Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Easton; parochial vicar for St. Joseph in Owatonna, Minn.; parochial administrator for Holy Cross in Dakota; and assistant editor for the Courier in the Diocese of Winona. In June 1967 he became pastor of Sacred Heart in Hayfield and Our Lady of Loretto in Brownsdale, Minn., and carried on to pastor for St. Joseph in Rushford and St. Mary in Houston. His last assignments were as pastor for St. Martin in Woodstock and St. Mary in Lake Wilson to pastor for St. Patrick in LeRoy and St. Finbarr in Grand Meadow.

He entered the Army in 1942, where he found his passion in aviation and enrolled for pilot training.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews and dear friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 1001 E Oakland Ave., Austin, with the Bishop of the Diocese of Winona, with John Quinn and the priests of the Diocese officiating. There will be a 6:30 p.m. wake service on Wednesday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. and also one hour before the service on Thursday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred in Father Jim’s name to the donor’s choice. Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.