Rev. John J. Lane, CSV, died at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights on December 9, 1994. He was 80 years old.
Born on June 29, 1914 in Chicago, John grew up in St. Viator Parish in Chicago. After graduation from Quigley Seminary, he entered the Novitiate in Lemont and pronounced his First Vows on October 25, 1935 at Fournier Institute.
He received his undergraduate degree from St. Viator College and studied theology at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1943 by Archbishop Samuel Stritch in Chicago.
Father Lane’s early pastoral work was in the area of education. He taught at St. Joseph School for the Deaf in New York, Stepinac High School in New York, St. Philip High School in Chicago, Spalding in Peoria, St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights and Alleman High School in Rock Island.
He was also Associate Pastor of St. Joseph in Springfield from 1953-1957. In 1973, John left the educational apostolate and returned to parish ministry serving at St. Mary Nativity in Joliet and at St. Viator in Chicago. He served as Pastor of St. Mary Church in Beaverville from 1978-1984.
In 1984, he retired to the Province Center in Arlington Heights where he lived until his recent hospitalization.
Visitation was held at Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home, Arlington Heights, from 5-9 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 1994 with a prayer service at 8:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:00 a.m. at the Province Center Chapel on Tuesday, December 13, 1994. Burial was in the Community plot at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Father Lane is survived by his sister Mrs. Josephine Evans and his brother, Thomas Lane.
Remember Father Lane in your prayers and gather together in local communities to remember him in Eucharist.
Taken from letter to the Viatorian Community on December 10, 1994 from the Provincial, Rev. Robert M. Egan, CSV