Deceased Friars of the Assumption Province

The Assumption Province has been blessed with many faith-filled, dynamic and inspirational friars. Below are the names of those who have recently returned to the Lord. Our sorrow is offset by the joy that they have given us an example to be imitated.

Br. David Typek, OFM

1925-2020 Brother David Typek, Franciscan Friar, barber, gardener, apple-cider specialist, Franciscan Crown Rosary maker, and a sandal maker! St. Francis himself, won’t be upstaged on his turf.  David’s sandals have been worn by friars throughout the United States, in...

Fr. Joachim Swarick, OFM

1924-2020 It was on January 14, 1924, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin that Frank Swarick and Kate (née Stublaski) Swarick gave birth a son. Six days later Frank and Kate had their son, Clarence, baptized at St. Lawrence Church. Clarence did his elementary education at...

Br. Henry Kolbok, OFM

1934-2020 He was a gentle friar and a man of firm faith. Leonard was born on March 27, 1934, to Leonard Kolbok and Julia (neé Saletnik) Kolbok and was baptized on May 2, 1934, at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Union City, New Jersey. Both parents were born in...

Fr. De Paul Sobotka, OFM

1934-2020 Joseph Sobotka was born in Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, on August 16, 1934, the only child of Joseph and Helen (née Gober) Sobotka and baptized at St. Hedwig Church on September 2nd that same year. Joseph attended Russell Street Grammar School and...

Fr. Melvin Wierzbicki, OFM

1927-2019   Michael was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 4, 1927, to Michael and Louise (née Walczak) Wierzbicki and baptized at St. Casimir Church on August 14th of that same year. Michael attended St. Barbara Parochial School, Milwaukee graduating in...

Fr. Vianney Sipulski, OFM

1932 - 2019 Chester Sipulski was born a native son of South Chicago, Illinois, on June 3, 1932, to Walter and Frances (née Gorska) Sipulski and baptized at St. Mary Magdalene Church on June 26thof that same year. Chester’s home was one of many visited by the Brother...

Br. Austin Mysliwiec, OFM

1945-2019 “We were happy to hear that God blessed you with a vocation to the Brotherhood in the Franciscan Order. May he grant you the grace of perseverance.” These words were penned by Fr. Melvin Wierzbicki, O.F.M., Provincial Secretary, to Thomas Leonard Myśliwiec...

Br. Greg Havel, OFM

1950-2019 The floods in northern Minnesota were so bad last spring the turtles climbed out of their shells and used them for boats.” This was the biggest lie of 1970 according to the Liars’ Club of Burlington, Wisconsin. And it came from Brother Gregory Havel who...

Fr. Carl Graczyk, OFM

1943-2018 Superheroes come in many shapes and sizes. And who would have thought that Carl Joseph Graczyk would be numbered among them. It was December 11, 1985. At Archbishop Ryan High School for Boys, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it was just another normal, ordinary,...