November 3, 1929 - July 27, 2021
Fr. Eugene S. Golas age 91 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Tuesday July 27, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Helen (Ignatowski) Golas and his sister Rose Mary and Frank Witham. Surviving are his nephews Dr. Howard (Barbara) Witham and their children Timothy and Leah, Dr. Timothy Witham and his children Ben and Andrew; his niece Paula Elejalde and her children Christina and Matthew; cousins Lorraine (Gerald) Hardebeck, Mary Ann Saulcy, Virginia Orleskie; many family and friends. Fr. Golas was ordained on June 4, 1955. He is the eldest priest of the Grand Rapids Diocese, serving as the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Grand Rapids in 1969. His pastoral assignments began at St. Mary’s Parish, Sand Lake (1967), Blessed Sacrament (1971), Sacred Heart of Jesus (1974), St. Michael’s, Muskegon (1982), later as Chaplain for Spectrum Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals, Villa Elizabeth Home and the Carmelite Convent and as the sacramental minister for the Latvian Apostolate Our Lady of Algona. Fr. Eugene Golas devoted all his life serving the Lord, his church and the people. Over the course of all these years, he served many people and touched many lives. Fr. Eugene will always be remembered as a truly kind person. Fr. Eugene will lie in state Friday July 30 from 3:00 to 7:30 PM at St. Isidore Church 628 Diamond Ave NE. The Rosary will be prayed at 4:00 PM, followed by a Scripture Service at 7:30 PM. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday July 31 at 10:00 am at St. Isidore Church where he will lie in state one hour before the Mass. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Shepherds Our Future c/o of The Diocese of Grand Rapids 360 Division Ave S. Grand Rapids 49503 or Emmanuel Hospice 401 Hall St #263 Grand Rapids, 49503.
Fr. Eugene S. Golas age 91 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Tuesday July 27, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Helen (Ignatowski) Golas and his sister Rose Mary and Frank Witham. Surviving are his nephews Dr.... View Obituary & Service Information
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