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ParzymiesTERRYVILLE – Father Joseph K. Parzymies, 60, of Terryville, passed away on Nov. 15, 2012, in his home.

He was born on July 12, 1952, in Bristol, the son of the late Jozef and Catherine (Kucharski) Parzymies. He was a graduate of St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol and St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from St. Mary’s Seminary College in Cantonsville, Md., and his master’s degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and the University of Baltimore.

He was ordained to the transitional diaconate on Dec. 3, 1977, and served at St. Gregory Parish, where he was ordained to the priesthood on Aug. 4, 1978, by Archbishop John F. Whealon, Father Parzymies celebrated his first public Mass two days later at his home parish, St. Casimir, in Terryville.

He was assistant pastor of St. Stanislaus in Meriden and Holy Cross in New Britain, was chaplain of Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, and in 1990 was named pastor of St. Hedwig in Union City. He then served as parochial vicar at St. Stanislaus in Meriden, temporary administrator of St. Ann in New Britain and administrator of SS. Peter and Paul in Wallingford. He retired in July 2006.

Father Parzymies was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Polish American Priests Association.

He is survived by his sister, Patricia Budnick of Terryville; a niece, Katrina; and nephews Brendan and Michael of Terryville.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Nov. 21 at St. Casimir Church in Terryville. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Terryville will follow.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 20 at St. Casimir Church. A parish Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Casimir Church, 19 Allen St., Terryville, CT 06786.