Reverend Father Joseph Angotti, 1963-2018

The Reverend Fr. Joseph Angotti died quietly of heart failure on Sunday, May 20, 2018, in his home in the rectory of St. Mary Catholic Church in Westville, Indiana.

He was born at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, Texas, on July 30, 1963. He attended high school in White Plains, New York, and graduated from Indiana University and St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana.

After serving in several parishes in the Diocese of Gary, IN, he joined the Armed Services, serving as Chaplain to the troops at Ft. Benning, Georgia, in Germany, and the soldiers in the field during a two-year tour in Iraq during the height of the Iraq War.

Upon his return from Iraq, he served the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church in LaPorte, Indiana, for six years. His most recent appointment to serve the Lord was Chaplain to the inmates in Indiana State Penitentiary. His service as a priest in such varied places brought him great joy.

He leaves behind his parents, Karen Bowman Angotti and Joseph Angotti of Monmouth, Illinois; brothers, Mark of Monmouth and Andrew Angotti of Galesburg, IL; Uncle Arthur Angotti (Barbara); Aunt Phyllis Angotti Parker; Aunt Sally Bowman of Monmouth; Uncle Gay Bowman (Mary); and many wonderful loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Father Joe was preceded in death by his grandparents, Everett and Bernadine Bowman of Monmouth, IL, and Arthur and Pauline Angotti of Gary, IN.

All services honoring the life of Fr. Joe will be held at St. Peter’s Church in LaPorte, Indiana. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 23, from 2 to 8 p.m., with Evening Prayer at 7 p.m. On Thursday, May 24, Bishop Donald Hying will offer the Mass of Christian Burial following the 10 a.m. Morning Prayer. Interment will take place in Calumet Park Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Burns Funeral Home, Crown Point, Indiana.

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6 Responses to “Reverend Father Joseph Angotti, 1963-2018”

  1. Carl & Judy Johnson

    May 22. 2018

    Sorry to hear about Father Joe passing away. He redid our marriage vows.

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    • Jim and Karen Burden

      May 26. 2018

      Father Joe was one of our favorite people. He brought Jim into the church and also baptized two of our grandchildren. He will be missed by many. May he rest in eternal peace.

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  2. Donna and Scott Holloway

    May 22. 2018

    We really loved Father Joe , our grandson was his first baptism. He baptised four of our grandkids. We will miss him.

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  3. Sandra Tonsoni

    May 24. 2018

    So young Father Joe, he has helped many, now he will be with his Almighty! Prayers & good thoughts go out to his Family .

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  4. Tim Mikula

    May 26. 2018

    Joe was a great priest and a good friend. He did a lot for the United States Army and for the Catholic church. Men like Joe are a rare commodity.

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  5. Mary A Tippmann

    May 27. 2018

    Father Joe, was well liked by my son Daniel who is in Westville Correctional Facility.
    I can tell my son is grieving. I am too, even though I did not know him
    I know he was there for my son and I am so grateful. He will be missed

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