Reverand Father Roland Joseph Antus, 85, of Cloquet, went to be with our Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born December 11, 1934 in Cloquet, the 7th child of Stephen and Rosean (Caza) Antus. Fr. Roland graduated from Saint Paul Seminary with a Master of Science Degree in Theology. He was ordained in 1962. Parishes served with the Diocese of Duluth included; Good Shepard Catholic Church in Duluth, June 20, 1962 – Sept. 8, 1965 Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing, 1965-1970; Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Duluth, 1970; St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Deer River, 1970-1973; St. Augustine Catholic Church in Cohasset, 1970-1973; St. James Catholic Church in Duluth, 1973-1983; Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia, 1983-1989; Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mountain Iron, 1984-1985; St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd, 1989-1998; St. Thomas Catholic Church in Pine Beach, 1989-1998; and Administrator of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Longville, 1998-2008. After his retirement, Fr. Roland returned to his hometown of Cloquet and served numerous parishes.
Fr. Roland was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Welsh Council 5132 and served as State Chaplin. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, traveled the world, and was fluent in several languages. He loved to spend time with family and friends in Aitkin, on his property at Cedar Lake. Fr. Roland will be greatly missed by his family and friends. All who knew him were inspired by his kindness, compassion, and generosity. Fr. Roland was good man a Holy man.
Fr. Roland was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gerard (Carol), Stephen (Peggy), Alex (Nancy), and Fr. Lawrence Antus; and sisters, Terese (Ron) Rutka, and Rita Sjolsvold. He is survived by a brother, David (Diane) Antus; two sisters, Rose Marie Carlson, and Joyce (Vance) Greene; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation for Fr. Roland will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet, with a Rosary Service at 6:30 p.m. led by the Knights of Columbus. The visitation will resume on Sunday, June 28, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Interment service will be at Old Calvary Cemetery followed with a luncheon in the church social hall. See the family guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.