Former bishop Fitzsimons of Salina diocese dies

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Bishop George K. Fitzsimons, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina from 1984 to 2004, has died at the age of 84.

The diocese announced that Fitzsimons died Sunday at his home in Ogden, where he had lived since retiring as bishop.

Fitzsimons served in several parishes and educational institutions in Missouri, where he was named auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in 1975.

He became bishop of the Salina diocese in May of 1984 and retired in December of 2004. After moving to Ogden, he continued to minister to people in that area.

A wake is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina, with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Salina.

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