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Obituary - Former Hospital Chaplain Dies After Lonq...
Former Hospital Chaplain Dies After Lonq Illness v-f " The Rev. Peter Watgen of St. Vincent's Home, who served in the Freeport area since 1937 and was a former chaplain of St. Francis Hospital here, died Sunday in Freeport Memorial Hospital following a long illness. Father Watgen had been a priest for 40 years, having been ordained May 30, 1931. He served as chaplain at the hospital from 1937 to 1967, when he retired. In 1948 he also became pastor of St. Wendelin's Church in Shannon. Born Sept. 1, 1895, in Aurora, he was the son of Nicholas and Josephine (Golders) Watgen. He attended St. Nicholas parochial school in Aurora and took preparatory studies for the priesthood at DePaul University, Chicago. He studied for the priesthood at Kenrick Seminary, Webster Groves, Mo. He was ordained at St. James Pro- Cathedral by the Most Rev. Edward F. Hoban, former bishop of Rockford. After ordination, he served as assistant at Immaculate Conception Church in Fulton for two years and then served at St. Nicholas Church in Aurora. On Oct. 18, 1937, he became hospital chaplain here. He was a member of Father Mazzuchelli Assembly, Knights of Columbus and the Third Order of St. Francis. There are no immediate survivors. A brother, John, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Vincent's Chapel, with the Most Rev. Arthur J. O'Neill, bishop of Rockford, officiating. Burial will be in Annunciation Cemetery, Aurora. Friends may call at Schwarz Funeral Home this evening and until 1 p.m. THE REV. PETER WATGEN Tuesday and at St. Vincent's Chapel from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 tonight at the funeral home and there will be a scripture reading at St. Vincent's Chapel at 7 p.m. Tuesday. One good perm another. You save, One week only. Try our * Select

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  1. Freeport Journal-Standard,
  2. 30 Aug 1971, Mon,
  3. Page 6

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