Detroit — Fr. Norbert Kendzierski, pastor of St. Colman Parish in Farmington Hills, died Saturday, May 19. He was 74.
Suffering with a persistent bronchitis that led to pneumonia, Fr. Kendzierski was persuaded to go to hospital April 30. Tests conducted there revealed cancerous lesions on his spine and in his brain.
He was released May 14 to return to his rectory under hospice care. On May 17, parish staff learned Fr. Kendzierski had been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer throughout his body.
Born Feb. 10, 1938, in Detroit to Stanley and Irene (Kuplicki) Kendzierski, he attended Our Lady Queen of Apostles Grade School and St. Ladislaus High School, both in Hamtramck, before going on to St. Mary’s College, Orchard Lake and St. John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth Township.
Fr. Kendzierski was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit on June 6, 1964.
His assignments included serving as an associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish, Detroit (1964-69); and St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Melvindale (1969-74). He was pastor of St. Martha Parish, Dearborn (1974-1981); St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Detroit (1981-84); St. Fabian Parish, Farmington Hills (1984-95; and St. Colman Parish, Farmington Hills (1995-present).
Funeral arrangements, through McCabe Funeral Home, Farmington Hills, were still pending as of Monday afternoon, May 21.