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A priest for 57 years, Father Kros served parishes and schools


Father Donald Kros

Father Donald Kros, an Omaha native whose 57 years in the priesthood included service in rural and urban parishes and high schools, died Nov. 15. He was 82.

Memorial Masses will be held Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Church in Bloomfield and Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Omaha. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha at a later date.

Father Kros was "extremely comfortable in his own skin and powerfully authentic," said longtime friend Msgr. James Gilg.

"He was also very gracious and hospitable, counseling many people who contacted him for help with emotional and personal crises. He was a lifesaver to many people and loved telling people they were loved by God for who they are."

Ordained in 1959, Father Kros served as assistant pastor at two Omaha parishes – then-Holy Angels Parish from 1959 to 1960, and St. Bernard Parish from 1960 to 1965. He served as chaplain at then-Archbishop Rummel High School in Omaha from 1965 to 1969.

Father Kros became pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Raeville in 1969, serving there until 1977, when he became pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Bloomfield.

During his time in Raeville, he also taught and served as guidance counselor and president at Pope John XXIII Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School in nearby Elgin.

"One of his extraordinary talents was connecting with high school kids," Msgr. Gilg said. "He was very effective working with young people."

Father Kros’ last pastorate was at Assumption Parish in Lynch in 1992, where he served until his retirement in Lynch in 1998.

Born in 1933, he attended Ss. Peter and Paul School. Father Kros also studied at Conception Seminary in Conception, Mo., and Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

He was preceded in death by parents, William and Mary Kros; brother, William; nephew, Mark. He is survived by sister and brother-in-law, Susan Lorraine and Harry Grace; brothers and sisters-in-law, James, Edward and Yvonne, and Elizabeth; nephews; great-nephews; great-nieces; caretaker, Sandy Sebben.

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