Edward John Kaciur, 82, of Port Charlotte, Fla,. passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, unexpectedly, while visiting relatives in Chicago, Ill.
He was born April 30, 1931, in Sharon, Pa., to John and Mary Kaciur.
During high school, his family moved to Marion, Ohio, where he attended St. Mary’s High School. He then went on to study at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio; and West Baden College Seminary in West Baden, Ind. Edward graduated with a Master’s in Sociology from Loyola University in Chicago. At the age of 25, he became a Missionary and was sent to Nepal, India.
While in India, he continued his theological studies in Kurseong, India, where he was ordained as a Catholic priest at the age of 32. After being laicized, he continued to live and work in Nepal. There in Nepal he met his wife, “the love of his life,” Ester. They built their life together in Arlington, Va. Edward was a retired clinical chemistry production manager. In 1989, he and Ester retired to Port Charlotte.
In their retirement, they became active members of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, participating as choir members and in various ministries. Most notably, he and Ester were grief facilitators for the grief support group at St. Max.
Edward is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Ester; sister, Rose Mary (John) Hermann; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnephews and a grandniece.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a Scripture Service at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Roberson Funeral Homes Port Charlotte Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 1441 Spear St., Port Charlotte, FL 33948. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte. Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.