Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Cardinal Edmund Szoka, who served as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981 until 1990 has died.
He died last night of natural causes at Providence Park Hospital in Novi. He was 86.
The Grand Rapids native was the son of Polish immigrants.
Cardinal Szoka was celebrating his 60th anniversary as a priest this year, having been ordained on June 5, 1954, to serve the Diocese of Marquette.
He had served as chancellor in the Diocese of Marquette until being named the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Gaylord in June of 1971.
After time in Gaylord, Szoka served the church in Detroit and at the Vatican, where he was a key adviser to Pope John Paul II.
A day after his 79th birthday in 2006, Pope Benedict XVI accepted Cardinal Szoka’s resignation.
Funeral arrangements will be made public as they become available.