JULIUS ANTHONY SPLEET
Rev. Fr. Julius (Jules) Anthony Spleet of Saginaw, Mich., formerly of Alma, beloved uncle and brother-Priest died peacefully, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at St. Francis Home. Age 82 years. Son of the late Anthony and Della (Ruczynski) Splitt (Spleet), Julius was born Feb. 13, 1934, in Alpena, Mich. He attended St. Bernard’s Grade School in Alpena, Catholic Central High School in Alpena, Jordan Seminary in Menominee, Mich., St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary, Wis., St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Md., St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Mich., and was ordained a Priest on June 2, 1962, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption by the Most Rev. Stephen S. Woznicki. Fr. Spleet was assigned to open the first new summer missions at Glennie, Mich., from July 1962 to September 1962. He was Parochial Vicar at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Saginaw from 1962 to 1964, St. James Catholic Church in Bay City from 1964 to 1965 and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ruth from 1965 to 1967. Fr. Spleet was pastor of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Ossineke, Mich., and Mission Church of St. Gabriel in Black River from 1967 to 1970, St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church in Vassar and St. Bernard Mission in Millington from 1970 to 1977, St. John Catholic Church, Ubly and St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Sheridan Corner from 1979 to 1983, St. Pancratius Catholic Church in Cass City and Sacramental Minister at St. Agatha in Gagetown from 1983 to 1992 and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gladwin from 1992 to 1999. Fr. Spleet became a Senior Priest in 1999 and Sacramental Minister to St Paul of the Apostle in Ithaca and Mission Church of St. Martin de Porres in Perrinton from 1999 to 2007 then part time until 2013. He was a member and Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, Prison Ministry in St. Louis and active member of AA/Guest House. Fr. Spleet was a member of the Detroit Institute of Art and The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. He enjoyed the beaches of Lake Michigan, reading, music, theatre and was a movie buff. Surviving to cherish his memory are many nieces and nephews. Fr. Spleet was preceded in death by his sister, Philomena and three brothers, Florien, Donald and Stanley.
Funeral Liturgy will take place 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, St. Helen Catholic Church site, 2445 N. Charles, Saginaw, Mich. The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, D.D. will preside and Rev. John R. Johnson will be the homilist. Honoring Fr. Spleet’s wishes, cremation will follow with burial of cremains in Holy Cross Cemetery, Alpena, Mich. Friends may visit at the church on Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil Liturgy, led by Rev. Frederick J. Kawka and Sister Margo Tafoya, MSSp, will take place 7 p.m. Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Guest House, Lake Orion, Mich. or the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Snow Funeral Home, Saginaw, Mich.