The Rev. Frank Murd, pastor of St. Mary's Church
, Tiffin, said Father Gillig
had been in declining health for about two years.
...Father Gillig was "a very stately man," who was proud of being a priest, Father Murd said.
was very well respected in his parishes and in the Diocese of Toledo
and remained active after his official retirement in 1978, serving in several capacities that ended with 14 years as his nursing home's chaplain, Father Murd said.
...Born and raised in Tiffin, Father Gillig in 1928 was a member of the second graduating class at Calvert High School.After attending St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, Ind., St. Gregory Seminary, Cincinnati, and Mount St. Mary Seminary, Norwood, Ohio, Father Gillig was ordained in 1936 and returned triumphantly to his high school alma mater as assistant principal.Father Gillig worked at Calvert until 1939, when he was assigned to Rome City, Ind.The following year, he returned to Ohio to be assistant pastor at St. Peter's Church, Mansfield.
In 1943, he
moved to St. Thomas Aquinas in Toledo.
At St. Thomas Aquinas, Father Murd said, Father Gillig
was in charge of the Catholic Youth Organization
sports program, which he
considered an honor.Father Gillig
own parish in 1953 with his
assignment to St. Mary's in Van Wert.His
18-year tenure was highlighted by the construction of a new church there.He
then spent five years each as pastor of St. Joseph's, Fremont
, and St. Michael's, outside Defiance, before retiring.
After providing liturgical assistance at Immaculate Conception Church
, Bellevue, for two years, Father Murd said, Father Gillig
traveled throughout the Toledo diocese
between 1980 and 1987 to preach in parishes about the church's international and domestic mission work.
Surviving are his brother, Donald Gillig
, and a sister, Joan Greenspun.