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Subject: [Q-R] Obituary - Msgr Rosario LU Montcalm
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 10:18:50 EST

Obituary -

Rev. Msgr. Rosario L.U. Montcalm 1912 - 2002 SOUTH HADLEY - Reverend
Monsignor Rosario L.U. Montcalm, 89, of 47 Pinegrove Drive in South Hadley,
died on Monday at the Holyoke Hospital in Holyoke. He was born in Worcester,
MA on February 16, 1912, the son of the late Ulric and Blanche Dolora (Monty)
Montcalm. He attended the Our Lady of Perpetual Grammar School in Holyoke. He
entered the Seminary of St. Hyacinth in Quebec from 1925 to 1932. He then
attended St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland from 1932 to 1936. On
June 6, 1936, he was Ordained by the Most Reverend Thomas M. O'Leary at St.
Michael's Cathedral in Springfield. He was stationed at St. Joseph's Church
in Worcester from 1936 to 1942. He served at the Precious Blood Church in
Holyoke from 1942 to 1943. He was then Commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in
the U.S. Air Force on August 6, 1943, as was called to active duty on August
18, 1943. He received a temporary assignment to HQ Second Air Force in
Colorado Springs, CO, and was transferred to Mountain Home Army Air Base, ID
from 1943 to 1944. He served with the 376th Air Service Group in Nebraska
and Texas from 1944 to 1946. He served in the 317th Troop Carrier Wing in
Tachikawa, Japan in 1946, and moved with that unit to Celle RAF Station (The
Berlin Airlift) in Germany in 1948. In 1949 he served with the 1110th Air
Base Wing in Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. He served in the HQ
Continental Air Command at Mitchel AFB in New York in 1951. He served in
France with the HQ 465th Troop Carrier Wing in 1954. He was stationed at
Westover AFB, Chicopee MA, in the HQ 8th Air Force in 1957. He was stationed
in High Wycombe, England with the HQ 7th Air Division. He was assigned as the
Command Chaplain/Catholic Cadet Chaplain at the U.S. Air Force Academy in
1963. He was Created Domestic Prelate by the Pope in 1963. He was retired
from the Air Force at the rank of Colonel on June 1, 1965. After his
retirement from the Air Force, he served as Pastor of St. John's Church in
Millers Falls, MA from 1965 to 1967. He then transferred to the Our Lady of
Perpetual Help Church in Holyoke from 1967 to 1984. He served as the Diocesan
Consultor, the Diocesan Scouting Chaplain, and the Diocesan Director of
Hospitals, all for the Diocese of Springfield. He retired from the Active
Pastorate in 1984. After his retirement, he assisted at the following
parishes: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Holyoke; Blessed Sacrament
Church in Greenfield; St. Ann Church, Chicopee; and at the Westover AFB/ARB.
He belonged to the following associations: the Air Force Association, the Air
Force Academy Athletic Association, the Air Force Historical Association, the
Catholic Hospital Association, the Sons of the American Revolution, Rotary
International and was the recipient of the Dwight Award. He leaves one
brother, Ulric R. "Sonny" Montcalm of Aldenville. He was predeceased by three
sisters, Leonie M. Sullivan, who died in 1999, Claire B. Montcalm, who died
in 1997, and Aline L. Montcalm, who died in 1988. He leaves many nieces and
nephews: the Very Reverend John L. Sullivan, JCL, KHS, Judicial Vicar of the
Diocese of Springfield, Ulric R. Sullivan, J.D., Leonie S. Watson, M.D., Anne
S. Burke, Thomas C. Sullivan, J.D., Mary S. Donah, Ulric Montcalm III, Karin
E. Pickup, Claire A. Montcalm, and Catherine M. Brown. A Concelebrated Mass
of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in the Sacred
Heart Church at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at Maple and Sergeant St. in
Holyoke, with the Most Reverend Thomas L. Dupre, Bishop of the Diocese of
Springfield presiding. Burial will follow in the Notre Dame Cemetery in South
Hadley. He will lie in state with visitation in the Sacred Heart Church on
Friday from 2-7 p.m.; there will be a prayer service in the church after 7
p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Arthur J. Brunelle
Funeral Home at 811 Chicopee St., in the Willimansett section of Chicopee.
The parking lot for the church is on Chestnut St. at the rear of the church.
It is suggested that visitors use the rear entrance of the church. Personnel
from the funeral home will be stationed on Chestnut St. to assist visitors to
the church. Memorial donations may be made to College of Our Lady of the
Elms, 291 Springfield St., Chicopee, 01013; or to the Foundation of the
Diocese of Springfield, 65 Elliot St., Springfield, MA 01101-1730.

Published in Springfield MA Union News on 02/07

Father Owen Taggart

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