Father Thomas H, Dolezal, Age :75
Nov 19,1944---Jan 01,2020

Father Thomas H. Dolezal, 75, priest of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas passed away January 1, 2020. Wake services will be at 4:00 p.m. Friday January 3. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 13615 W. 92nd St., Lenexa, KS followed by a visitation until 7:00 PM.  The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday January 4, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  A Memorial Mass and the interment will be in Axtell, KS at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial  contributions either to the Catholic Education Foundation and/or the Wounded Warriors. 

     Father Tom was born November 19, 1944, in Fort Lewis, WA to Joseph and Anna Marie (Henrich) Dolezal.  He was a graduate of Bishop Miege High School in 1962, Conception Seminary College in 1966, Mt. St. Bernard Seminary in 1969 and Aquinas Institute in 1970 and was ordained a priest on May 22, 1970. Father Tom served in the parishes of  Christ the King, KCK; Cure of Ars, Leawood; St. Malachy, Beattie; St. John the Baptist, Greeley; St. Michael, Axtell; Holy Trinity, Lenexa; Sacred Heart, Emporia and Holy Spirit in Overland Park. After retiring Father Tom helped in parishes around the Archdiocese and was currently serving as Pastor Emeritus at Holy Trinity in Lenexa. Father Tom also served as the Regional Pastoral Leader for the Nemaha-Marshall  Region, Associate Family Life Director for Johnson County and twice was the State Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his three brothers, John (Jeannie), Evanston, IN; Robert (Beth), Manhattan, IL and William (Sue) Dolezal, Ankeny, IA, 4 nephews, 4 nieces, 3 grandnephews and 3 grandnieces. 



Condolences

Brisimitzakis Family Jan 01 ,2020

Holy Trinity parishioner/friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Fr. Tom is now in the arms of Our Lady and , Blessed Mother. He loved her very much and is now with her in heavenly glory on the feast of her Solemity. May our Lord surround him with His glory and love. Rest In peace my dear friend. May God’s light always shine upon you. Amen.

Sheila Berry Jan 02 ,2020

Friends ,Lenexa ,Kansas

As long time parishioners of Holy Trinity, we have a long time love and admiration of Fr Tom! He was a wonderfully holy priest, with a realness about him that was so very rare. I will never forget his compassion to me when my 46 year old brother brother died an untimely death. He con celebrated at my father , mother and brother’s funeral and they were not at Holy Trinity!!! We will miss him dearly. He is out of pain and resting in the loving arms of our Father in Heaven. Rest in Peace Fr Tom Sheila and Michael Berry

Georgeann Smith Jan 02 ,2020

Parishioner ,Emporia ,Kansas

I was a parishioner and especially liked his sermons. He will be missed.

David Wanamaker Jan 02 ,2020

Parishioner at Holy Trinity Parish, Lenexa ,Overland Park ,Kansas

My family and I have always felt blessed to have known Fr. Tom. We always considered him a big "Friar Tuck" of a man who needed a big frame to carry around that big heart of his. One of the things I always loved about Fr. Tom is that he laughed at his own imperfections and mistakes; he never felt a need to be perfect, even as he strove to be as spiritually perfect as possible. I'm grateful he was the pastor at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish for 10 years, then returned to the parish as pastor emeritus last year. While it hurts to say goodbye, we also rejoice in life he now will live eternally in Heaven and his voice, his laugh and his insights will continue to live in our hearts and minds until we meet again.

Gary Pratt Jan 02 ,2020

parishioner ,Eudora ,Kansas

Fr. Tom worked tirelessly for others. It was a blessing to have him as our pastor during our early married years. I especially appreciated my time with him on the Stewardship committee at Holy Trinity. Even when he was in physical pain or tired from the many burdens that come with leading a large parish he always found time to engage the many children of the parish and to seek to know the names of the families. The world needs more priests like Fr. Tom. May he rest in the peace of Christ forever. Gary and Molly Pratt

Terri Peterson Jan 02 ,2020

Parishioner ,Olathe ,Kansas

There is no doubt that Fr Tom will be missed by all. There are so many memories: One whole year Fr Tom recited the Anima Christi after daily Mass. It was a prayer I would not have memorized but thanks to Fr Tom now it is one of my most beloved daily prayers. He was a great priest with down to earth advice offered humbly. He was also a great patriot who loved his country and always took time to offer up prayers for the military, police, firemen and first responders. Fr Tom also reminded us to offer up an intention before Mass. This reminder made Mass very personal to me. Thank you Fr Tom for your priesthood and sacrifice. May you Rest In Peace.

John Paule Jan 02 ,2020

Parishioner ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Father Tom was a great servant and Priest over Holy Trinity for many years along with some time at Holy Spirit. I always appreciated his leadership within the church. He also had been very good about extending his time on questions and concerns within the diocese. i have thanked him in person a number of times for serving over our kids baptisms, First Communions, Confession, etc. He will be greatly missed by our family.

Lindsay Dodge Jan 02 ,2020

Former parishioner ,Emporia ,Kansas

I always enjoyed Father Tom’s homilies and the way that you interacted with the children. He was a pretty special priest. I know that he will be very missed.

Mike and Patty Grothoff Jan 02 ,2020

Brother Knight and Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

We are praying for Father Tom and trust that his Lord will show him mercy and grant him eternal rest with Him in heaven. We were blessed to know Father Tom for many years and honor to have him as a brother knight and especially in his role as the State Chaplain of the Knights in Kansas. We will miss his smile, sense of humor and enthusiasm for life.

Cynthia Ferree Jan 03 ,2020

Church member ,Leneza ,Kansas

Father Tom will be missed and now he is home with God in paradise.

Ben Reynoldson Jan 03 ,2020

Holy Trinity ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Such a great priest. I loved his homilies, he had a great perspective and great messages. Always so appreciative of First Responders.

Phyllis Craig Jan 03 ,2020

Ex-Parishioner ,Marysville ,Kansas

I met Father Tom when he first came to St Malachy he was a kind and loving soul. 19 yrs ago Father Tom officiated over my Mom's Funeral service. My Mom was one of the first people he met when coming to Beattie (she cleaned the Parish house). He spoke so kindly of that 1st meeting with her. Mom worked for 18yrs cleaning rooms for the railroad and as he was concluding her graveside service you could here the Union Pacific train making it's run through town, Father Tom paused then mentioned Mom's time with the Railroad and said go in peace Mary the Union Pacific bids you farewell and thank you. Those words so touched my heart. Godspeed Father Tom may you Rest In Peace.

Mr. Jan Hayen Jan 03 ,2020

Former Pastor at Lenexa United Methodist, a friend ,LENEXA ,Kansas

Father Tom was a colleague in ministry, but more than that a great friend. I will miss our occasional lunches, his great common sense, and most all, his Christian witness to me and others in our circle of friends. He loved Jesus and faithfully served Him. Blessings to his family and to the congregations he loved and who loved him.

Elaine Roever Jan 03 ,2020

When Father Tom was at Beattie Kansas he was a sparkle in the community. It did not make any difference what your church affliation was if any one in the community was sick or hurting he would have a prayer for them. He made himself a part of the community and was a friend to many. Rest in peace Father Tom

Fr. Bala. India. Jan 04 ,2020

Associate Pastor in HT, Lenexa for 2 years. ,Kadapa ,Kansas

Hearty Condolences to all the Dolezals and to Holy Trinity Church, all the priests of KCK and to His Grace Archbishop. I was Tom's Associate for two years in HT and enjoyed working with him. He was very kind and supportive. May his Great Soul RIP. I am a priest from and now in India.

Wooten Family Jan 04 ,2020

Holy Trinity parishioner ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Father Tom is already missed! He was such a genuine, loving man and priest. His great, yet humble faith was evident in every moment. He was truly an inspiration for our family. It is a wonderful thought that God called him home on Mary's feast day and I picture both of his mothers meeting him at the gates to welcome him home with joyful embraces. I know he was looking forward to celebrating the anniversary of his ordination, but how blessed is it that he gets to celebrate that in even closer communion with the One who inspired his service. Father Tom - we thank you for your continued example and inspiration and we thank God for sending you to us, knowing that you were truly needed.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Address:
13615 West 92nd Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Jan 03 ,2020
Time:
4:00 PM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Address:
13615 West 92nd Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Jan 04 ,2020
Time:
10:00 AM
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