Father Richard Joseph Dempsey, 83, died Feb. 4 in Bonita Springs, Florida, where he was retired. Father Dempsey was pastor emeritus of Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Evergreen Park.
Father Dick Dempsey, as he was known, was born in Chicago and attended St. Christina and St. Cajetan schools, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1958.
Father Dempsey was assistant pastor at Our Lady of Grace (1958- 1965); St. Sebastian (1965-1966); Holy Family, North Chicago (1969-1980); and St. Victor, Calumet City (1989-1991).
During this time, he served as chaplain of the Area 7 Catholic Youth Organization and Kelvyn Park High School (1960- 1964). In 1966, Father Dempsey was commissioned as a Navy chaplain. His tours of duty included Vietnam; Okinawa; the Philippines; the USS Constellation aircraft carrier; San Diego and Monterey, California; and the Great Lakes Naval Training Station.
In 1991, he was named pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Evergreen Park, until his retirement in 2003.
Father Dempsey is survived by his brothers, Msgr. Thomas Dempsey of the Rockford Diocese and Donald Dempsey, and his sisters Deanne O’Toole, Sally Dempsey, Kathleen Moyer and Dominican Sister Dorothy Dempsey.
Resurrectionist Father Fred Ciesla, 93, died at Maryhaven in Glenview Jan. 28. He was a member of the Congregation of the Resurrection since his first vows in 1942 and a priest since 1949.
Father Fred spent his entire apostolic career as a teacher in Chicago, serving as an instructor of theology for more than 50 at Archbishop Weber and Gordon Tech high schools.
He also served as an assistant principal. His greatest love was music and his devotion was directed to the school choir, band and glee club.
He is survived by his sister Irene.
Resurrectionist Father Casimir Tadla, 95, died Jan. 25 at Nazarethville Nursing Home, Des Plaines.
He professed his first vows as a member of the Congregation of the Resurrection 75 years ago and was a priest for 68 years.
He served in parishes in Illinois, northern and southern California, Maryland, Ontario (Canada), Florida and Mexico.
He is survived by his sister Genevive.
Jesuit Father Robert Grib, 75, died Jan. 25 in Clarkston, Michigan.
Born in Chicago, he attended Five Holy Martyrs School and St. Ignatius High School before entering the Jesuits in 1958. He made first vows in 1960.
He served in India from 1965-1996, returning to Chicago to be ordained at St, Thomas More Church in 1972. He taught high school and seminary students in India, teaching English to Hindi speakers and Hindi to English speakers, served in Jesuit formation and as a parish priest and youth director.
After returning to the Chicago area, Father Grib served as pastor at St. Ignatius Parish and associate pastor at Our Lady of the Brook, Northbrook, before directing retreats at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, Barrington.
He then served as associate pastor at St. Juliana Parish (2002-2009), took a semester sabbatical, and spent the next year in residence at St. Francis Borgia Parish, where he also assisted with music ministry. After that, resided at St. Eugene, where his brother, Jesuit Father Phil Grib, is a priest in residence. In 2015, Father Grib moved to Michigan to care for his health.
Viatorian Father Robert Erickson, 75, died Jan. 15 at Alden Estates of Evanston. Born in Springfield, Illinois, he made his first vows in Arlington Heights in 1959 and was ordained in 1967.
He taught at St. Viator High School, Arlington Heights (1967-1973) before serving as a teacher and administrator at other high schools in Illinois. In 1994, he returned to the Archdiocese of Chicago to serve as treasurer of the Viatorian Province of Chicago. After his retirement in 2010, he continued to minister at Holy Family, Inverness, and other parishes in Arlington Heights area.
He also served as a retreat director, leader of Scripture studies and spiritual director.
He is survived by his brother Thomas Erickson.