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Father Otto James Sartorelli

Father Otto James Sartorelli, 91, of Iron River, MI, passed away Tuesday, May 13 at the Iron County Medical Care Facility.

Born May 23, 1922 in Gaastra, Mi., the son of Aldebrando and Caroline (Chiarini) Sartorelli, he attended the Palatka School in Gaastra and graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1940. The Salvatorian Seminary at St. Nazianz and St. Paul Seminary provided training in theology and philosophy and he received his Bachelor of Science Degree.

After studies at St. Paul Seminary, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Marquette on June 3, 1950 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette, Mi. by the Most Rev. Thomas L. Noa.

He began his ministry in the Diocese of Marquette serving first as Associate Pastor at St. Peter Cathedral Parish in Marquette for nine years. In January of 1952, he became the Diocesan Director of National Catholic Music Educators, which he held for 22 years.

Father Sartorelli then became an instructor at Bishop Baraga High School and on June 23, 1959 was appointed administrator of St. Augustine Parish, Republic. In July of 1969, he began a series of pastoral assignments, beginning with St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Calumet for four months, then to Holy Redeemer Parish in Birch Creek (Menominee) for two years, then to St. Joseph Parish in Lake Linden for six years and to St. John the Baptist Parish in Marquette for two years.

In July of 1981, he became Pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Caspian where he remained until retirement on June 28, 2001.

Music was his passion and he was known as the “Music Priest”. He was also the former Pastor of the Mission of St. Mary, Gaastra; former Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, Iron River Council #2300; and the former Spiritual Moderator of the Marquette Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

He is survived by nieces; nephews and special friends, Frank and Patricia Hartman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Norina “Lena” (Clyde) LeClair and Natalie “Lillie” (Oliver) Plutchak; brothers, Feno (Aurelia), Bruno (Rose), Deno (Jennie), Joseph, Warren, and Emelio (Doris) Sartorelli.

Visitation was held Tuesday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and continued on Wednesday, May 21 from 9:30 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church of Caspian, by Most Rev. John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Marquette. Interment was in Stambaugh Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.




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