Rev. Stewart R. Schramko, CSV, died on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV.  He died suddenly at the age of 63 after recently being diagnosed with advanced stages of pancreatic cancer.

A native of Chicago, Stu Schramko was born on March 25, 1937, the son of Michael and Alice Schramko.  After graduating from St. Leo High School in Chicago, he entered the Viatorian Novitiate in September of 1955 and pronounced his first vows on September 8, 1956.

He received his B.A. in Sociology from Loyola University of Chicago and an M.A. in Religious Education from Loyola.  After completing his theological studies at the Viatorian Seminary in Washington D.C., he was ordained to the priesthood on June 13, 1964 at St. Viator Church in Chicago.

For the next ten years he taught religion at St. Viator High School (1964 – 1970) and Bishop Gorman High School (1970 – 1974).  In 1974 he began his ministry as a parish priest.  He served at St. Viator Parish in Las Vegas from 1974 to 1981 and then moved to the Diocese of San Jose where he served from 1982 to 1990 at St. Justin Church, St. Martin Church and St. Victor Church.

In 1992 he returned to Las Vegas where he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Anne Parish and St. Francis De Sales Parish.  In 1997 he moved to Guardian Angel Cathedral where he served until the time of his death.

Visitation was held at Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m., following the visitation.  Burial will be in the Community Plot at Davis Paradise Memorial Gardens in Las Vegas.

Father Schramko was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sharon.

I ask each local community to remember Father Schramko in your prayers and to gather in your local communities to remember him in Eucharist.

Taken from letter to the Viatorian Community on January 29, 2001 from the Provincial, Rev. Robert M. Egan, CSV