The Reverend Dale J. George, 73, of Le Mars, died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
The Reverend Dale George was born Oct. 17, 1932, at Maryhill in Cherokee County, Iowa, the son of Leonard J. and Kathryn (Pitts) George. He graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in Storm Lake in 1950 and from Loras College in Dubuque in 1954. From 1954 to 1958, he studied at Mt. St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque. He also received his masters of arts in Latin at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
The Reverend Dale John George was ordained a priest on May 31, 1958, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.
Over the years, Father George's teaching assignments had been with Heelan High School in Sioux City, Spalding High School in Granville, Ottawa University in Ottawa, Canada, and Briar Cliff College in Sioux City.
He was pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in Le Mars from 1985 to 1995, and St. Mary's Parish at Rock Valley and Sacred Heart Parish at Alvord with care of the Catholic community at Sioux Center from 1995 to 2000, and St. Thomas Parish in Manson and St. Mary's Parish in Pomeroy until his retirement in 2002. He lived for three years in Arizona before moving back to Le Mars four months ago.
Father George was a honorary member of the Knights of Columbus, Trinity Council 1466 in Le Mars.
Survivors include a brother, Richard George of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; four sisters, Janice Johnson of Woodstock, Ill., Mary Ellen Palmer and her husband, Douglas of Rockport, Mo., Judy Murrell and her husband, Michael of Chillicothe, Mo., and Rose Marie Vonnahme and her husband, Mark of Le Mars; a brother-in-law, Alfred Naughton of Carroll; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, whose lives he touched in a special way. He had a special bond with each and every one of them. Also surviving is his caregiver and special friend of the family, Sister Edith Gottsacker, O.S.F. of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marilyn Naughton; a sister-in-law, Shirley George; and a great-nephew, Ricky Showers.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with Monsignor Roger J. Augustine as celebrant. Interment will be at 2 p.m. in Maryhill Cemetery, rural Cherokee.
Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Church in Le Mars, where there will be a rosary by the parish at 4 p.m., a Scriptural wake Service at 7 p.m., and a Knights of Columbus rosary at 8 p.m. Viewing will resume from 8 a.m. until service time at the church on Friday.
Feuerstein Funeral Home of Le Mars is in charge of arrangements.