YANKTON, S.D. — Rev. Timothy J. Lange, 82, Yankton, S.D., formerly of Crofton, died Jan. 7, 2016, at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Visitation, with a Vigil and an all-night hourly vigil continuing until service time Tuesday, was Jan. 11 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Menominee.
Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 12 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, with Archbishop George Joseph Lucas officiating.
Burial was at St. Boniface Cemetery, Menominee.
Pallbearers were his nieces and nephews, Anne (Cardwell) Hopfer, Cindy (Lange) Stratman, Ron and Tammie (Lange) Eskens, Cecelia Cardwell, Brad and Kandi Lange (Adam Lange proxy), Curt and Supak Jonas, KC and Beth (Lange) Kunzie and Lance Jonas.
Honorary pallbearers were his brother priests.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Rev. Timothy Lange was born July 12, 1933, to Joseph and Cecelia (Schrempp) Lange in Crofton. He was the youngest of five children and was loved and nurtured by his close knit family. He attended country school and in third grade started taking piano lessons which began a lifetime of music. They moved to the Menominee area and he attended parochial school until the eighth 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 the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While living in Lincoln, he was the pianist for The Bobby Layne Orchestra and played for many wedding dances in the two years 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, Conception, Mo., and Mt. St. Bernard’s Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. Rev. Tim was ordained into the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Cecilia, Omaha May 27, 1961. He had his First Solemn Mass Day on May 29, in his home parish of St. Boniface, Menominee. Rev. Tim’s first assignment was to St. Pius X, 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, Norfolk, for many years.
Throughout all of his service he continued his education. He received a master’s degree in organ performance and a master’s 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 2008, he retired and moved to Yankton and lived with his brother, Bud. In May 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, St. George, Utah, and Audrey Jonas, Littleton, Colo.; and brother Luverne “Bud” Lange, Yankton, S.D.; 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 brothers-in-law, 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.