Robert William, Piercy Jr
1958 - 2011
1958 - 2011
Robert William, Piercy Jr., Age 52, of Chicago and formerly of Joliet, passed away peacefully, at his home, Wednesday March 17, 2011. He attended St. Mary Nativity grade school, DeLaSalle High School in Johannesburg, Africa, Joliet Catholic High and A.M. Barbe High School in Lake Charles, LA., where he graduated with the class of 1976. Bob received a Bachelor degree from National College of Education in Chicago. He was the beloved son of Robert W. and Rosemarie (Novak) Piercy, Sr.; Loving brother of Debbie (George) Shimek, Judy Piercy (Peter Jarjisian), Mary Ann Piercy, Tom (Sue) Piercy and Patty (Dan) Cushing. Proud uncle of Jeff (Kalissa), Terra (Tim), Collin, Megan, Erin, Emily, Tommy and dear great uncle of Amelia. Preceded in death by his grandparents and a niece Kathleen.
A musician, liturgist, author, and clinician, Bob recently worked as an editor for Liturgy Training Publications in Chicago, Illinois. Some of his past credits include serving the church as director of music at St. Julie Billiart Parish in Tinley Park, Illinois, and as director of music at Holy Family Parish in Shorewood, Illinois. He also worked for GIA Publications, Inc. as catechetical director. During his tenure with GIA, he created and collaborated on such works as Journey of the Sacred (with Rosemary Bleuher, Denise La Giglia, and Dennis Paul); When Children Gather: 20 Eucharistic Services and 20 Prayer Services (with Vivian Williams); Walking by Faith (with David Haas); Celebrating Our Faith; Give Your Gifts I (with Linda Baltikas); Give Your Gifts II (with Michael Schabert); Table Prayer (with Beth Thompson); and as an editor of GIA’s children’s hymnal, Singing Our Faith. He was a well-known author and lecturer to adults and young children, and a much sought-after speaker on rites and rituals of the Catholic church.
Visitation will be held on Monday, March 21, 2011 from 4-8 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.), Joliet. Visitation will continue Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at St. Julie Billiart Parish, 7399 W. 159th St., Tinley Park, IL., from 5 p.m. until remembrances at 6 p.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 7 p.m. A prayer will be offered Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 10 a.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Joliet, followed by interment in St. Mary Nativity Cemetery, Crest Hill, IL.