Rev. Timothy J. Lange age 82 of Yankton, SD and formerly of Crofton, Nebraska died on Thursday, January 07, 2016 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee, Nebraska with Archbishop George Joseph Lucas officiating. Burial will be at St. Boniface Cemetery in Menominee. Visitation will be on Monday at the church from 4-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. An all-night hourly vigil is planned at St. Boniface Church and will continue until service time on Tuesday. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington, NE.
Pallbearers are nieces and nephews, Anne (Cardwell) Hopfer, Cindy (Lange) Stratman, Ron & Tammie (Lange) Eskens, Cecelia Cardwell, Brad & Kandi Lange (Adam Lange proxy), Curt Jonas, and KC & Beth (Lange) Kunzie. Honorary pallbearers are his brother priests.
Rev. Timothy Lange was born July 12, 1933 to Joseph and Cecelia (Schrempp) Lange in Crofton, NE. He was the youngest of five children & was loved & nurtured by his close knit family. He attended country school and in 3rd grade and started taking piano lessons which began a lifetime of music. They moved to the Menominee area and he attended parochial school until the 8th grade. Practicing the Catholic faith was always held up to be the most important duty that the Lange children had to perform. Rev. Tim graduated from Yankton High School in 1950. He began his love of education by attending USD in Vermillion and Univeristy of Nebraska in Lincoln. While living in Lincoln, he was the pianist for The Bobby Layne Orchestra and played for many wedding dances in the two years that he was with them. During this time too, Rev. Tim also heard his calling from God and entered the seminary in the fall of 1954. He attended both the Conception Seminary in Conception, MO and Mt. St. Bernard's Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Rev. Tim was ordained into the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Cecilia in Omaha on May 27, 1961. He had his First Solemn Mass Day on May 29th in his home parish of St. Boniface in Menominee. Rev. Tim's first assignment was to St. Pius X in Omaha. He served in many parishes over the years, including West Point, South Sioux City, Omaha, St. Helena, Butte, Naper, Crofton, and his most lengthy service of 22 years in Stanton,where he retired. He was Chaplain at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk for many years. Throughout all of his service he continued his education. He received a Masters Degree in Organ performance and a Masters of Divinity Degree. Rev. Tim also continued his love of music by teaching over 1000 students piano, organ, and various instruments, filling in as music educator in many schools when needed up until his last year. In June of 2008, he retired and moved to Yankton and lived with his brother, Bud. In May of 2011, Rev. Tim observed his 50th Anniversary of the Priesthood with a Mass and dinner at St. Boniface, Menominee.
In his younger years he thoroughly enjoyed gardening and helping his brothers on the farm whenever possible. Rev. Tim recorded numerous piano accomplishments. He enjoyed traveling and was a Chaplain on several cruises. In retirement he didn't let life slow him down, filling in whenever his brother priests needed him, as well as saying Mass at various nursing homes, and presiding over many weddings and funerals. Rev. Tim enjoyed spending time with his family and traveled whenever possible to visit them. He was always there wherever he was needed and will be greatly missed by all.
He is survived by two sisters, Verda Cardwell of St. George, UT, and Audrey Jonas of Littleton, CO; brother Luverne 'Bud' Lange of Yankton, SD; 10 nieces and nephews; 19 great nieces and nephews; and 20 great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Quintin Lange; two brother in laws, Les Cardwell and George Jonas; two sisters in law, Mary Lange and Antonette Lange; and one nephew, Paul Jonas.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Boniface Church, Menominee, NE.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of Father Tim. He was a very talented men and meant a lot to many people. I will miss him at Mass at Majestic Bluffs in Yankton. May God bless you with the strength to deal with the grief.
Cyril and Laverta Mauch
He will be greatly missed and he was a wonderful caring person, very talented also and loved his music and friends and family very much! He loved his calling and may God Bless the family with dealing with his dealth.
Barbara Lange and family
As a boy, my parents would take us to the "country" to visit relatives. I always looked forward to seeing Father Tim. My mother tells me that I was named after him. Rest in peace Fr. Tim.
I'm sorry for the passing of Mr.Tim. He did a great help for all through his kindness and sincerity to the people's spiritual well-being. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Rest assured he knows the promise that Jesus Christ mentioned in John 5:28,29 and Acts 24:15 about the resurrection of our dead loved ones. We will soon see him again.
I am so sorry at the loss of Fr. Tim. What a kind, smart, talented man. I have known him since I was a little girl going to visit with him and his parents on the farm. I attended his First Mass. He concelebrated my mom's funeral mass in 2010 and gave a homily filled with antidotes he remembered about her. What a gift. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual life shine upon him. Amen.
Linda (Rupiper) Coe
We will all miss Fr. Tim, his Masses at HSC were so greatly appreciated by the residents. We will miss him as a friend and fellow clergy. Our prayers go to Bud and other family members.
Deacon Still Slason
Fr. Tim has been a part of our family's special celebrations as long as I can remember. He is finally celebrating our ultimate destiny. Whatever his cross on earth was, he embraced it, and lived life to its fullest.
My sympathy to all of his family especially siblings AUDERY, VERDA, BUD. Niece's, Nephew's especially his who are also mine CINDY, TAMMY, BRAD, and BETH. MAY THE PEACE OF GOD BE WITH ALL OF YOU.
My deepest sympathies to Fr. Tim's family. I always enjoyed listening to him playing the piano and I enjoyed seeing and talking to him and Bud at the Avera Majestic Bluffs. May God bless him and may God help you through this difficult time.
My prayers go out to the family of Fr. Tim. You will be Greatly missed. Our loss, Heaven's gain.
Verda, Audrey, Bud and families: I am so sorry for your loss. I know you all will miss him very much.
My condolences on the loss of Fr. Tim. He celebrated my Mother's burial/resurrection Mass. My son remembers his homily well: you are twice mine (says the Lord). He would visit Mom and Dad (Ferdinand and Natalie Peitz) when he was just a little boy. Mom used to say they would take him snow sledding and all had a great time. Mom always carried an ordination picture of him in her missal. Even though I only met him once, I felt I always knew him. What a wonderful priest. He certainly is with God; may prayers are for those who miss him. Thank you Fr. Tim for the joy you brought my parents.
Darlene Peitz Hillenbrand
So sorry to hear of the loss of Fr. Tim. He will be dearly missed by the community. My dad (Vic Steffen) so enjoyed the time they shared as a part of the "Men of Note". Rest in Peace Fr. Tim.
Carla (Steffen) Tressell
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