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Rev. Thomas Francis Corley

Rev. Thomas Francis Corley, 87, of Joliet,  former Parochial Vicar at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Coal City, entered into eternal life Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet.

Born March 4, 1922 in Chicago, Thomas was a son of the late Thomas F. Corley, Sr. and Marie Magdelene Travelena-Corley. He was baptized April 16, 1922, at St. Ita Parish in Chicago, and received his elementary education at Pierce School in Chicago, Blessed Sacrament School in New York and St. Ita School in Chicago. Thomas was a graduate of Senn High School in Chicago and earned a bachelor's degree from DePaul University.

Thomas was a veteran of the United States Navy and inducted into service at Pilgrim Court in Chicago in 1942. During his service to the country, Thomas earned the rank of 3rd Class Radioman prior to his honorable discharge at Boston, Mass., in 1944. After the service, Thomas traveled the country, singing in opera’s, and was most known for being cast as the lead role in the operetta “The Student Prince”. He also worked as a real estate agent.

It was later in life that Thomas earned his master’s degree in divinity at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales, Wis. Father Thomas Corley was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 1985, at the Cathedral of Saint Raymond by Bishop Joseph Imesch. He ministered from 1985 to 1987 at St. James Parish in Glen Ellyn and at Assumption Parish in Coal City from 1987 until his retirement in 1997 to St. John Vianney Villa in Naperville. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he delighted in serving as spiritual director for the Legion of Mary.

Fr. Tom is survived by his brother, Eugene R. Corley of Lincolnshire, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Audrey (Richard) McClure; and one brother, Emmett B. Corley.

Fr. Thomas F. Corley will lie in state from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24,, and from 9 a.m. until a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 245 South Kankakee St., in Coal City.

A funeral luncheon in the Berst Hall will be held at the conclusion of the funeral Mass. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Ill.

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. For more information, call (815) 634-2125.

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