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Rev. David A. Baumgartel

Deceased: 2002-10-08


Seminary Graduation Year: 1973

Rev. David A. Baumgartel Age 57 passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 8, 2002 at home, surrounded by his family. Born August 1, 1945 in Philadelphia, PA, Father Baumgartel was the son of the late Herman J. and Marie Ann (Sernello) Baumgartel. He received his early education at St. William Parochial School and Cardinal Dougherty High School, both in Philadelphia. He studied for the priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA, St. Mary College in KY, the North American College, the Gregorian University, the Urbanianum University and the Angelicum University, all in Rome, Italy, where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in sacred theology respectively.

Father was ordained to the priesthood July 2, 1973 at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Vatican City for the Diocese of Wilmington by James Cardinal Hickey. Father Baumgartel served as associate pastor at St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, the Holy Spirit Church in New Castle, St. John the Beloved Church in Sherwood Park, the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Liftwood, and St. John/Holy Angels Church in Newark. Father served as pastor at Christ Our King Church in Wilmington and the Parish of the Resurrection in Newark. He also served on the diocesan priests’ council. For 25 years, Father Baumgartel celebrated mass on television on channel 6.

Father is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Herman “Hank” and Eva Baumgartel of Philadelphia, PA.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am on Monday, October 14 at Holy Angels Church, 82 Possum Park Road, Newark, where friends may call between 9-10 am. Reception of the body will take place at 3 pm on Sunday, October 13th at the Parish of the Resurrection Church, 3000 Videre Dr., Pike Creek, where the viewing will be from 3-7 pm with a Wake service at 7 pm. Entombment will be in All Saints Cemetery in Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Parish of the Resurrection, St. John/Holy Angels Building Fund or Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810.