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_November 3, 1995 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern.Indiana 3 I I By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer If you want to show appreci- ation to Ed Lee for a job well done, a quiet 'thank you' is enough. Anything more makes him weak in the knees. Members of the Catholic community of Washington gathered recently to honor Lee for 45 years of service on the St. John Cemetery Board, and for his years as a compassion- ate funeral director. When Lee walked into what he ex"ec" P eci would be a ceme- tery board meeting, he found a room filled with 200 friends, )nudlS :ughte r, Charlotte Y, ho had flown in from himaustn' Texas, to surprise" cepDtU:g the dinner and re- his d:. ee was thanked for ulcation, and given a Plaque observing theesta - aShment of the Ecl Lee Endo b- raent FUnd. He was also pre- With the Sagamore of Said that he "won't deny nice feeling that people lat Way. I like people to ve appreciate that' and 0 ' Y u but they really put the spotlight. Washington's Ed Lee is honored for 45 years on cemetery board like to fainted. My legs felt weak." Although Lee was being thanked for his 45 years as a member of the cemetery board, his ties to the funeral business go back to 1929. He was a freshman in high school that year. One day, as his father was talking with Mr. Keller, the owner of the local funeral home. Keller said he needed an errand boy. Lee's father suggested Ed. "I didn't really want to come, but I did," Lee recalls. "I was a country boy, and nervous about coming to town to work." When he graduated from high school in 1932, the coun- try was in the clutches of the depression, and Lee found full- time work at the funeral home. In those days, the funeral business maintained an ambu- lance," Lee recalls. "The moth- ers would go to the hospitals to have their babies and stay two weeks. They would come home in the ambulance. There was a basket for the babies and it was my job to carry the ba- bies." Over the years, Lee was "sort of adopted by Mr. Keller. He treated me like his son," neral service school. In 1939, he received his license, and re- turned to Washington as a fu- neral director. When the United States en- tered World War II in 1941, Lee joined the army. He at- tended Officers Training School and was commissioned as an officer. He was in a sup- port unit in Europe. "As the battle moved, we moved be- hind." He attained the rank of captain and served as a com- pany commander. Immediately after the war, he was offered the opportunity to stay in the army. He came home to Washington to talk with Mrs. Keller. "She was a widow, and she wanted me to take the business. It was a toss of the coin. I'm not sorry I stayed." Lee said over the years he began to see how he was able to help people through difficult moments in their lives. He says he learned first-hand about grieving the night he answered the phone and learned his only son had been killed in an auto accident. "He was 21 years old, and preparing to go to Vietnam. I can appreciate the feeling that The Catholic community of Washington recently honored Ed Lee for 45 years of service on the St. John Cemetery Board, and for his years as a compassionate funeral direc- tor. Above, Lee is joined by Bishop Gerald A Gettelfinger at the dinner and reception in Washington. Message photo by Paul A. Newland tried to help" He said he learned that there are no magic words he can offer, but that "people, in their own minds, have to han- dle their own situation. I just try to do things that won't upset them more." He also finds that grieving families beliefs." Over the years, he says he has felt good about the trust people have placed in him. "I like the feeling that after peo- ple talk to me, they say, 'Well, Ed, I know you will take of this all right.' I'm happy that they have the confidence to know I WASHINGTO POpe J^L _ N (CNS) -- P0inte "an,Paul II has ap- mSaop Dale J. Mel- Czek, apostolic a th r,._ dministrator of aseco:.Cese of Gary since 1992, cese. "uJutr bishop for the dio- ishop Agostino Cac- pro-nuncio nited States, an- appointment Oct. I saw my daughter, I and in 1938, Lee went to fu- people have, and I always "find strength in their religious will do the right thing." Bishop Melczek named coadjutor bishop for Gary diocese Bishop Melczek 57 Years old on Nov. tom. atically become diocese when the Bishop Norbert retires. Bishop Will he 75 next May, When bishops are re- their resigna- n. as an auxiliary etroit for 10 years, Bishop Melczek was appointed to Gary by the pope in August 1992 as apostolic administra- tor because of Bishop Gaughan's health. Bishop Gaughan has been in poor health since suffering a serious stroke in February 1992. After a mild stroke in 1989, Bishop Gaughan had re- sumed a full work schedule, but the second stroke left him partially paralyzed and con- fined to a wheelchair. Bishop Melczek said in a statement that he renewed his commitment to the Diocese of Gary and that the diocese would recommit itself "to the new evangelization, reaching out to the unchurched, the fallen-away Catholics and to he many young people who are not receiving any religious education or formation." "This will be a time of spe- cial grace and an opportunity for spiritual renewal," he said. Cardinal Adam J. Maida of Detroit said Gary's new coadju- tor "is a good pastor, a talented administrator and a superb liturgist." Catholics of northwestern Indiana "are fortunate to have him as their spiritual leader for many more years to come," he added in a statement. A native of Detroit, Bishop Melczek completed his semi- nary training at Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Orchard Lake, Mich., and theology studies at St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Mich. He also holds a master's in education from the University of Detroit and has done gradu- Ireaci I]res-. a gUarantees job offer or grad school c0raPle,C!lege in Owensboro is promising some students they will get job offers aRer they t Tle rae. lr college program -- or they can come back to college tuition-free. areer ma _College Board of Trustees recently voted to create the program entitled, "The continue Cused Liberal Arts at Brescia College." It is to begin with first-time freshmen and ..After o?Ver tbur years through graduation. ! 1 receCces, sihl completion of the program, Brescia College guarantees that each student thin 12veins job offer or admittance to a graduate school in his or her specific or similar field , rescia ,,,, .onths following graduation. If the student does not receive a legitimate offer, Ork, ^:\\;'. invite the student to return to college tuition-free to nursue additional course- "Smle leading to another degree. "- if:, Catholic educators to meet Bishop John McRaith is one of the keynote speakers at the annual meeting of Catholic Educational Administrators Leadership Conference, being held at Cadiz, Ky., Nov. 5  8. Other keynoters are Bishop Robert Morneau, Tom and and Kim Duty. dioceses are Birmingham, Evansville, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville and IJXER tb . LINCOLN . MERCURY JASPER 482-1200 (812) 254-2641 00.00ffla SAVINGS BANK, FSB . 200 E, Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St., Petersburg ate studies in liturgy at the University of Notre Dame. Ordained for the Detroit Archdiocese in June 1964, he served at parishes in Warren, Mich., and Detroit. He also held various posts in arch- diocesan administration in- cluding work as vicar general and administrative secretary to the late Cardinal John F. Dearden. He also served in that capac- ity for the cardinal's successor, then-Archbishop Edmund C. Szoka, who is now a cardinal serving at the Vatican. After his appointment as auxiliary bishop in December 1982, Bishop Melczek super- vised missions, schools, hospi- tals and other institutions in the north region of the archdio- cese, and coordinated planning for the pope's 1987 visit to De- troit. He currently is a member of the Administrative Board of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/U.S. Catholic Conference and chairs the bishops' Committee on the Per- manent Diaconate. He also serves on the Welfare Emer- gency Relief Committee and the ad hoc committees on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe and on the Economic Concerns of the Holy See. As part of his committee work. Bishop Melczek has vis- ited bishops in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Yugoslavia, Croatia, Bosnia.Herzegovina, Slovenia and Estonia in the last three years. Bishop Gaughan planned to celebrate his fiftieth year in i Vincennes Bicknetl . Sandborn Monroe City Princeton ,, Patoka Member FD.I.C. I III I the priesthood and 20 years as a bishop with a private Mass and dinner on Nov. 3. He began his priesthood in 1945 in the Diocese of Pitts- burgh, where he was born and educated. When the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa., was formed in 1951, he served in parish and diocesan posts including chancellor and vicar general before being named an auxil- iary bishop there in 1975. He was appointed the second bishop of Gary in 1984. During his tenure in Gary, Bishop Gaughan moved the diocese's offices into a new building, and established its newspaper, the Northwest In- diana Catholic. He also continued a tradi- tion he began in Greensburg, writing columns for the dioce- san newspaper. He also has written articles for Our Sun- day Visitor and other Catholic publications. He is the author of two books, "Shepherd's Pie  in 1978, and *Troubled Catholics: The Lessons of DiscontenC in 19881 both published by Thomas More Press. Bishop Gaughan is former chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Communica- tions, and he has been a vocal advocate for Catholic newspa- pers, of broad use of all media by the church and of full news coverage of controversy within the church, Since his 1992 stroke, Bishop Gaughan has limited his work to several office visits a week and occasional appear- antes at diocesan functions. FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC, SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389,-2418 " I[ . I[[llIIL [