Father Frederick W. Jackiewicz
Father Frederick W. Jackiewicz
Father Frederick W. Jackiewicz, who would have marked his 50th anniversary of priestly ordination in May, died March 30, at age 76.

Funeral services are scheduled for April 7 with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. in St. Mary of Ostrabrama Church, 30 Jackson St., South River, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial.

Father Jackiewicz was born in 1944 in Kampala, Uganda. He and his family relocated to the United States in 1956 and settled first in Sayreville and then South River. He graduated from St. Mary High School, South Amboy, and St. Mary College, Orchard Lake, Mich. He prepared for the priesthood in SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, where he earned a master of divinity degree. He also held a master’s degree in education from the University of Detroit.

Father Jackiewicz was ordained to the priesthood May 29, 1971 by Bishop George W. Ahr in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. As a parochial vicar he served in St. Hedwig Parish, Trenton; St. Joseph Parish (now part of Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish), Beverly, and St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton. He also was parish administrator in both St. Hedwig and St. Joseph Parishes. In 1987, Father Jackiewicz was appointed pastor of St. Jerome Parish (now part of Our Lady of Hope Parish), West Long Branch, and in 1996 was given the added responsibility to serve as Catholic chaplain in Monmouth University, West Long Branch. Father Jackiewicz retired from active ministry after sustaining severe injuries he suffered from an accident. He would have celebrated the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination this May.

Father Jackiewicz was predeceased by his parents, Waclaw and Maria Jackiewicz. He is survived by a sister, Halina (Vincent) Gostkowski; several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, East Brunswick.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a maximum of 100 visitors will be permitted in church at once and masks must be worn at all times. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Jerome Education Assistance Fund, 250 Wall St, West Long Branch, NJ 07764 or the St. Mary of Ostrabrama Building Fund, 30 Jackson St., South River, NJ 08882.