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Longtime Priest for Petersburg and New Vienna Communities Passes Away

A priest who served the Petersburg and New Vienna communities for two decades has passed away.

Father John O’Connor died Easter Sunday at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. He was 88.

O’Connor was named pastor of Saints Peter and Paul in Petersburg and Saint Boniface in New Vienna in 1996. In 2018, those two parishes joined the Spires of Faith Cluster and Fr. O’Connor served them as a sacramental priest until his retirement later that year.

Funeral Mass for Father O’Connor will be held Saturday at 10 am at Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque, where he once served as an assistant principal. The Mass will also be livestreamed on Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory’s Facebook page.


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