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Fr. Richard Seifferly & Fr. Thomas Dominiak<br>have entered eternal life
Two beloved priests of the Diocese of Gaylord passed away in recent days. Fr. Richard Seifferly passed away peacefully April 24 as he was making the journey from his winter residence in Florida back to Michigan. Funeral arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be held on Monday, April 29 from 4:00 8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 961 W. Houghton Avenue, West Branch, Michigan. Visitation will also be held at St. Joseph Parish on Tuesday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda at 12:00 p.m.
Fr. Thomas Dominiak passed away on April 18. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda and concelebrated by many priests of the diocese at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord on April 25. Burial will take place on Friday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Resurrection Cemetery in Grand Rapids with Bishop Robert Rose presiding.
Complete obituaries are below.
Reverend Richard Robert Seifferly entered eternal life on April 24, 2013 at the age of 75. He was born August 12, 1937 in Bay City, Michigan to Robert and Delphine (Budzinski) Seifferly. He attended St. Stanislaus Elementary and High School in Bay City and received his seminary education at St. Jerome in Kitchener, Ontario, St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota and St. John in Plymouth, Michigan. He was ordained on June 1, 1963 by the Most Reverend Stephen Woznicki at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.
After his ordination, Father Seifferly served as Assistant at the parishes of St. Philip Neri in Coleman, St. Andrew in Saginaw, Sts. Peter and Paul in Saginaw, and St. Mary in Alpena. He served as Administrator for St. Joseph Parish in Unionville and Holy Family Parish in Klacking Creek. He became Pastor for St. Augustine Parish in Hillman in January, 1968 and also served as Pastor for the parishes of St. Joseph in Argyle, St. Ignatius in Austin, St. Catherine in Ossineke, St. Gabriel in Black River and St. Joseph in West Branch. In 1986 he was appointed as Temporary Administrator for St. Joseph Parish in East Tawas and in 1987 became Presbyteral Moderator for Holy Family Parish in Klacking Creek. He served as Sacramental Minister beginning on July 30, 1997 for St. Hubert in Higgins Lake and St. James in Houghton Lake. On August 2, 2000 he became the Sacramental Minister for St. Anthony Parish in Mackinaw City until he retired to Senior Priest status on September 1, 2002. During his active years he was also a Vicar and a member of the College of Consultors. After his retirement he continued to celebrate Masses as needed and since 2004 served as a Sacramental Minister at St. Helen Parish in St. Helen.
Father Seifferly was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Ken. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Prager of Essexville, nephew, David Prager of Essexville, and niece, LeAnn Prager Dyer of Bay City; his sister-in-law, Carol Seifferly, from Bay City, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Monday, April 29 from 4:00 8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 961 W. Houghton Avenue, West Branch, Michigan. Visitation will also be held at St. Joseph Parish on Tuesday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda at 12:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Father Seifferly may be made to St. Joseph School, 935 W. Houghton Avenue, West Branch, Michigan 48661.
Reverend Thomas Michael Dominiak entered eternal life on April 18, 2013 at the age of 77. He was born July 19, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Joseph E. and Veronica (Urbanowicz) Dominiak. He attended S.S. Peter and Paul Elementary School in Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School. He received his seminary education at St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids, Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, and St. Johns Seminary in Plymouth. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. He was ordained on June 3, 1961 by the Most Reverend Allen J. Babcock at St. Andrew Cathedral in Grand Rapids.
After his ordination, Father Tom served as Assistant at St. Isidore, St. Jude and Holy Name Parishes in Grand Rapids. He was also a Board Member of the Clergy Retirement Fund for the Diocese of Grand Rapids from 1966 1968. During that same time he was a Brigade Chaplain for the Michigan Army National Guard based in Wyoming, Michigan. Father Dominiak came to northern Michigan and on June 18, 1968 was appointed as Pastor for the Catholic Shrine in Indian River as well as the mission of St. Monica in Afton. In 1971 Father Tom became a member of the Diocese of Grand Rapids Fund Allocations Committee, an elected member of the Steering Committee when the Diocese of Gaylord was being formed, and chair of the Committee for Division of Diocesan Assets. In subsequent years he also served as a member of the Diocese of Gaylord Finance Committee, Director of the Human Development Campaign, Vicar, Executive Secretary for the Catholic Services Appeal, Diocesan Director for Catholic Relief Services, Secretary of the Presbyteral Council, member of the Priests Retirement Fund Board, and Knights of Columbus Chaplain. From September - December, 1979 he attended the North American College Institute for Continuing Theological Education, Graduate Department in Rome. On August 10, 1983 he became the Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Alpena. On June 30, 1993 he was appointed as Pastor for St. Michael Parish in Suttons Bay and St. Gertrude Parish in Northport. On October 23, 1996 Father Dominiak became the temporary Administrator for St. Ignatius Parish in Rogers City. On July 30, 1997 he was appointed as Pastor for St. Paul Parish in Onaway and returned to St. Monica Parish in Afton, this time as Pastor. On July 19, 2006 Father Tom retired to Senior Priest status and lived in his own home in Indian River until 2012.
Father Tom was predeceased by his parents and siblings Richard, Grace Panyrek and Joseph. He is survived by one brother, Kenneth E. (Barbara) Dominiak of Florida, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, 606 N. Ohio Avenue in Gaylord. Visitation will also be held at the Cathedral on Thursday, April 25 at 11:00 a.m. until Bishop Bernard Hebda celebrates the Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 p.m. Burial will take place on Friday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Resurrection Cemetery in Grand Rapids with Bishop Robert Rose presiding.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them;
may they and all the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.