Rev. Thomas W. Purtell


            Thomas William Purtell, son of John J. Sr. and Lena Salz Purtell, was born August 4, 1927, at Waterloo, Iowa. He received his education in the rural schools near Fairbank, Iowa, and after one year of high school entered Loras College in Dubuque where he graduated magna cum laude in 1949. He attended seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and was ordained in 1953.

            Father Purtell served parishes in Calmar, Worthington, Elma, Webster City, Cedar Falls, Hudson, State Center, Story City, Zearing, Traer, Oxford Junction, and Lamont. In 2004, he entered the Hillcrest Home in Sumner where his death occurred early Friday morning, August 19, 2011. He was eighty-four years old.

            He is survived by two brothers, Rev. John Purtell of Sumner and James Purtell of Marion; and one sister, Patricia Schrage of Cresco.

            In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary (his twin) and Sister Nora Purtell.

            Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner celebrated by Archbishop Jerome Hanus, O.S.B. and Diocesan Priests. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in New Hampton. Friends may call from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 22, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Church in Sumner where there will be a rosary recited at 4:15 p.m. and scripture service held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Friends may also call for one hour preceding Mass at the church on Tuesday.


Ken & Jeanine Douglas &Ila Mihm on August 22, 2011 at 4:38 PM said:

Father John,
You have our deepest sympathy and prayers for the loss of your brother Father Tom.We didn't know him as well as you but considering he was your brother I am sure he was a special person and will be missed. Take Care and Lots of Love, Ken & Jeanine & Ila
Jean Murphy on August 22, 2011 at 9:43 AM said:

Fr. John:
Sorry to hear of the passing of your brother. Thinking of you,

Jean Murphy(formerly of Fayette)
Cedar Falls
Karla Yazarian, Traer on August 21, 2011 at 5:22 PM said:

You have my condolences for the loss of your brother, your pastor, and your friend. May he find joy and peace in the arms of our Lord.
Pat O'Connell on August 21, 2011 at 7:22 AM said:

Father John and family, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers with all of you. God Bless!!
Roland and Mary Seda, Clutier on August 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM said:

We appreciated Father serving our parish in Clutier while he was stationed at Traer. May God rest his soul.

Rollie and Mary
Laura (Wickman) Williams on August 20, 2011 at 5:52 AM said:

May God be with you during this difficult time. Fr. Tom was a blessing to all the lives he touched. I remember him so well when he stayed at St. Patrick's in Monti. My deepest and most sincerest condolences to Fr. John and the entire Purtell family.
Dien & Joe Zabel on August 19, 2011 at 4:24 PM said:

We are so sorry to hear about Fr. Thomas's death. Our prayers and thoughts are with Fr. John Purtell and the entire family.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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