John Joseph Walsh
Rev. John Joseph Walsh, 83 of Dubuque, died Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, IA following a short illness. Services held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 19, at All Saints Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, by Archbishop Michael Jackels. Burial was at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. A rosary was recited at 9 a.m. on Monday followed by a visitation at 9:30 a.m. at the church.
Father is survived by his two sisters Mary (Ted) Rahe of Ft. Walton Beach, FL and Margaret Walsh of San Francisco, CA; two brothers Michael (Kay) Walsh of Surprise, AZ, Denis (Judy) Walsh of Ann Arbor, MI and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Patricia Walsh McHugh.
John Joseph was born on March 18, 1930 in Cedar Rapids, the son of John and Mary Burke Walsh. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Cedar Rapids and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Philosophy from Marquette University in Milwaukee. He received his theological training at Mt. St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque and was ordained on February 2, 1957 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque by the Most Rev. Leo Binz.
Father Walsh served as associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Dubuque from 1957 to 1962; St. Mary Parish, Marshalltown, from 1962 to 1968; St. Joseph Parish, Dubuque, from 1968 to 1971; and St. Matthew Parish, Cedar Rapids, from 1971 to 1972. He served as administrator of St. Joseph Parish, Mason City, and a member of the team ministry from 1972 to 1974. Father Walsh served as pastor of St. Michael Parish, Garber, and Sacred Heart Parish, Littleport, from 1974 to 1976; St. Mary Parish, Manchester, from 1976 to 1986; St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Dubuque, from 1986 to 1994; St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Webster City, from 1994 to 2000; and St. John Parish, Blairstown, St. Paul Parish, Newhall, and Immaculate Conception Parish, Van Horne, from 2000 to 2003. Father Walsh retired in 2003 and served as Chaplain at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael’s Priest Fund Society of the Archdiocese of Dubuque or Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Cedar Rapids Regional Community, 1125 Prairie Drive, NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.