Rev. William Kenneally

Rev. William G. Kenneally, 85, pastor emeritus of St. Gertrude Parish on Glenwood Avenue in Chicago, died on Oct. 28, 2021. Born on Nov. 20, 1935, in Chicago, he attended Maternity BVM School and Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein.

Ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1961, by Cardinal Albert Meyer, he celebrated his first solemn Mass on May 7 at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Chicago.

He served the Archdiocese of Chicago as assistant pastor at St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus Parish on Wood Street in Chicago and Immaculate Conception Parish on North Park Avenue, also in Chicago. Kenneally later served as associate pastor at St. Edmund Parish in Oak Park and St. Nicholas Parish in Evanston. In 1984, he served as pastor at St. Gertrude Parish until he became pastor emeritus in 2006.

Visitation was held on Nov. 1, 2021, followed by a prayer service at 8 p.m. led by Rev. Dominic Grassi. The funeral Mass took place at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 at St. Gertrude Parish, 1420 W. Granville Avenue in Chicago. Rev. Gerald Joyce, a retired classmate of Kenneally, was the main celebrant and homilist of the funeral Mass. Interment will be held at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.

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