Rev. Father Richard Filice, 63, pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008.

He was ordained in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1976 by Bishop Murphy and at the age of 40 joined the Diocese of Corpus Christi. He as served most recently in the Diocese of Corpus Christi as pastor of St. Andrew by the Sea Catholic Church and St. Anthony Catholic Church.

He was the son of the late Charles and Shirley Filice.

He is the brother of Donna Jean (Michael) Vitas, Randy (Marcela) Filice and Daryl Filice; and uncle of Timothy Burnette, Jackie Burnette, Dina Filice, Anthony Dominic Filice and Vincent Filice.

A Rosary was recited at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Bishop Edmond Carmody as celebrant. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth, Ill.

Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Service Inc.