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Francis W. “Frank” Lordemann

Francis W. “Frank” Lordemann

RAEVILLE — Services for the Rev. Francis W. “Frank” Lordemann, 75, Minot, N.D., will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville. Burial with military rites will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday at the church in Raeville with a 7 p.m. wake.

Francis Lordemann died Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at Trinity Homes Hospice in Minot, ND.

Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of the arrangements.

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Father Francis “Frank” William Lordemann was born June 27, 1946. He was the second child of Joe and Beth Lordemann of Raeville. Raised on the family farm, Frank attended St. John Berchman Catholic School in Raeville, began high school at St. John’s in Petersburg, finishing high school at St. John Vianney Minor Seminary in Elkhorn (now Mount Michael). He said his calling to the priesthood came at a young age. He started “playing priest” in third grade.

Frank attended Immaculate Conception Seminary at Conception, Mo., for his undergraduate degree in philosophy. He continued on to St. Bernard Seminary and then Aquinas Institute of Theology in Dubuque, Iowa, completing his master’s in theology.

Father Frank was ordained at the Cathedral of St. Cecilia in Omaha on May 27, 1972. He was following in the footsteps of his great-great-uncle Father Francis Lordemann (ordained in 1873); his great-uncle Monsignor Bernard Lordemann (ordained in 1907); and his uncle Father William Lordemann (ordained in 1941). Father Frank said his first Mass on May 28, 1972, at his home parish, St. Bonaventure in Raeville.

Immersing himself in ministry that also included teaching, Father Frank served many parishes in the diocese: Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s in Norfolk, St. Bridget’s in Omaha, St. Mary’s in Bellevue, St. Patrick’s in Fremont and St. Mary’s in West Point.

Also called into service of country, Father Frank was sworn into the U.S.A.F. Chaplain Corps on July 26, 1977. He served active duty for four years and continued with 23 years in the reserves rising to the rank of colonel. During his service, he played an integral role in creating the U.S.A.F. Academy Cadet Program for character development. His military decorations include The Legion of Merit, one of the highest honors in the military. He retired from the military on Nov. 1, 2004.

In his quest for knowledge, Father Frank obtained a second master’s from Creighton University and a doctoral degree at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill. He also completed graduate studies at the American College University of Leuven, Belgium.

Father Frank held positions of vocations director for the archdiocese, as well as a professor and spiritual director at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago. Over the years, he provided the sacraments to thousands, including more than 1,700 weddings and over 2,000 funerals.

A love of travel fueled his desire to earn his pilot’s license. He was able to visit all 50 states and nearly 50 countries. One of his favorite locations was Austria — for the music, architecture, food and beer. He developed friendships with people all over the world and with all he shared his warm smile that lit up his face.

As he was completing his last parish assignment at St. Mary’s West Point as senior associate pastor, he was interviewed by the West Point News. The following quotations were cited in their article posted online on July 14, 2016: “Priesthood has been a very serious vocation, and yet very fulfilling and challenging. I like it very much. I’d do it again in a minute.” He further said, “I had the opportunity to be with people in their happiest and saddest moments. I’ve had the opportunity to walk with people in their faith life. Being encouraging, merciful and compassionate has been important to me throughout my priesthood.”

In 2016, Father Frank semi-retired to Boys Town, where he continued to serve as spiritual advisor to Father Steven Boes, a position he held since 1985. He was on staff until he fully retired in July of 2020. He moved to Minot, N.D., to live with Joel and Jolene until his death.

Father Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Beth Lordemann. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Tom (Evelyn) of Norfolk, Marcia (Marion) Abbick of Milford, Kan., Stephen (Gloria) of Petersburg, Molly (Larry) Doubrava of Aurora, Colo., and Joel (Jolene) of Minot, N.D.; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.

In his last days, he told hospice, “The purpose of my life is to help others be fully/deeply aware of the generous love of God for them.” Also, “Learning to forgive is the key to moving forward.”

We love him, and we will miss him. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to honor Father Frank’s memory, consider these three charities, asking that your donation be allocated to the training and development for lay personnel — St. Mary’s Parish in West Point, St. Patrick’s Parish in Fremont and Boys Town in Boys Town.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.

In other news

NORFOLK — Memorial services for Thomas Dover Sr. will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the First Presbyterian Church, 104 S. 10th St., in Norfolk. The Rev. Brian Johnson will officiate. Inurnment will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

BLOOMFIELD — Services for Martha Beckmann, 93, of Bloomfield will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. The Rev. Jacob Bobby will officiate with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.

HARTINGTON — Services for Donald A. Bergman, 93, of Hartington are pending at Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Memorial services for Joe Mittelsdorf, 74, will be at later date under the direction of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

SPENCER — Services for Gus Bentz, 65, Spencer, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Spencer Community Hall. The Rev. Grant H. Graff will officiate with private burial at a later date.

O’NEILL — Services for Lucille Pinkerman, 96, Valley, formerly of O’Neill, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Faith Community Church in O’Neill. The Rev. Paul Harder will officiate. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Scottville Cemetery north of O’Neill.

BLOOMFIELD — Services for Martha Beckmann, 93, Bloomfield, are pending at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Martha Beckmann died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, at her residence.

NORFOLK — Services for Vernon C. Seevers, 91, of Norfolk are pending with Home for Funerals.

BRUNSWICK — Graveside services for George W. Grubbs, 86, Plainview, formerly of Brunswick, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Brunswick City Cemetery.

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