Father Harry P. Jewison, 93, of Rochester, passed away Monday, July 15, 2019. He was born on Feb. 27, 1926, in Janesville, the seventh of nine children to Arthur and Kathryn Jewison.
His grade school education was in the country school district 28 in Waseca County. He graduated as valedictorian in the class of 1944 from Janesville High School. After graduation, he served in the Army in WWII. After the service Fr. Jewison attended St. Thomas University in St. Paul. He later transferred to St. Mary's University as a seminarian. He graduated from St. Mary's cum laude in 1950. Fr. Jewison attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., for his theology studies.
Fr. Jewison was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edward A. Fitzgerald in 1954. The class of 1954 was the largest class in the history of the Diocese of Winona. He was appointed to several parishes as an associate pastor during the first years of his priesthood serving St. Mary's in Winona, St. Joseph's in Owatonna, St. John's in Rochester, St. Mary's in Worthington, and St. Joachim's in Plainview. During those years, he was also an instructor at Cotter High School in Winona and St. Mary's High School in Owatonna and each of the parishes' grade schools. Fr. also served as the pastor at Holy Cross in Dakota, Precious Blood in Lamoille, St. Columba's in Iona, St. John Vianney in Fairmont, St. Mary's in Lake City, St. Francis of Assisi in Rochester, and Sacred Heart in Owatonna.
During his time in these parishes Fr. also served as the Area Director (Dean) in the Fairmont, Lake City, and Rochester areas. For many years, he was a member of the Presbyterial Council of the Diocese, College of Consultors to the Bishop, and a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, joining in 1944.
Fr. Jewison joined the ranks of the Senior Priests in 1994. Since that time, he lived in Rochester and kept busy filling in for priests who were sick, on vacation, or just needed help in their parishes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; and three brothers. Fr. Jewison is survived by one sister, Rita Byron; caregiver, Judy Syring; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Food for the Poor or Catholic Relief Services.
A funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Rochester, with the Most Rev. John M. Quinn officiating with priests of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester concelebrating. Visitation will be held one and a half hours prior to the Mass. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.