Rev. Francis L. Shigo, Divine Word Missionary, died peacefully at the age of 74 in Torrance, CA, September 29, 2006. Son of Joseph and Anna Kovach-Shigo from Coaldale, PA, he is survived by brother, Joseph of Toms River, NJ, and sister Rita of Coaldale, PA. He was preceded in death by brothers, William and Robert and sister Mary Louise Shigo. He was the fond uncle of many nieces and nephews, and a devoted friend of many. He served as Divine Word Missionary Priest for 46 years in Los Angeles, a Teacher at Verbum Dei High School, Provincial USW, and a Hospital Chaplain at Little Company of Mary San Pedro Community. A Memorial Scholarship in his name is set up at Verbum Dei High School, South Central, Los Angeles. Vigil services will be held on Monday October 2, 2006 at 7:30PM. with visitation one hour before vigil and Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 10:30 AM. all at Church of Beatitudes of Our Lord, La Mirada, CA,. Burial from St. Cyril & Methodias Church in Coaldale, PA.

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  1. Our sincere condolences for your loss and ours. For the past ten years, his love and devotion saw us both through many illnesses. We loved him dearly. Jim and Virginia Murrell

  2. I am a nurse at LCMH,SP and work the night shift. When I would pass the Chaplain office, I would frequently see Father Shigo leaving his office to start his rounds blessing the patients. He was always in a hurry to get started because he would touch many lives each day. He was always very pleasant and upbeat. I will miss him greatly. May God bless you during this difficult time but yet rejoicing that he is free with His Father in Heaven.

  3. I am a nurse at LCMSP and Father Shigo was such a blessing to me and my family during our time of loss. He presided over my father’s funeral and made it very special. Father made it a point to visit each an every patient before surgery and spent a little extra time to reassure them that God would be there for them. This was very special to each patient because when he left the room the family would say how nice it was to have Father Shigo in the hospital. I will always remember him and pray for him. Mary Ann Banuelos

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