Rev. John Gambro

Father John Louis (Mannes) Gambro, O.P., died peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at Resurrection Village Life Center in Chicago after a long illness. The first of two sons of John Louis Gambro Sr. and Mary Frances Curry  

Born in Chicago on Sept. 26, 1929, he received his early education at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood and at St. Mel High School before going to Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa for most of his undergraduate degree.

At the age of 20, he entered the Dominican Order and was given the religious name of Mannes. He completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Dominican House of Studies in River Forest and received another master’s degree in 1963 at Loyola University, this one in Classical Languages. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1957 by Archbishop Edward F. Hoban of Cleveland, Ohio.

Having completed his priestly formation and professional education, he embarked on a 45-year ministry as a high school Latin teacher at Fenwick High School from 1957 to 1963 and again from 1978 to 2002; and at Bishop Lynch High School, Dallas, Texas from 1963 to 1978. He retired in the Chicago area, living at St. Thomas Aquinas Priory, River Forest and St. Pius V Priory, Chicago before moving finally to Resurrection Village Life Center.

Father John was an accomplished teacher and well-respected by his students. Besides his dedication to secondary education, he loved to travel and do genealogy. He was a member of the Vergilian Society, the Classical Association of the South, Classical Teachers of Texas, and the Chicago Genealogical Society.

His brother is Francis James Gambro (Joan Katzenbach). He has three nephews: the late Fran (Joyce Gromala), John (Beth Walker) and Timothy (Stephanie Schoewe) and many great nieces and nephews.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 23, beginning at 10 a.m. (preceded by the Office of the Dead) at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 1530 Jackson Ave., River Forest, followed by internment at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dominican Society for Vocational Support, 1910 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60608.

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