By Elizabeth Lowe
Deacon Jerome Kenneth Pivec Sr., a deacon at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Baynesville, for 38 years, died of complications from diabetes July 30 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. He was 71.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Baynesville parish, followed by a burial at Parkwood Cemetery in Parkville.
Deacon Pivec had been stationed at Immaculate Heart of Mary since his diaconate ordination in 1974, said Father Michael W. Carrion, the church’s pastor, who noted that Deacon Pivec was “very, very dedicated” to his ministry and “he was always very positive and had that drive to get back to things (during his illness).”
Deacon Pivec was involved in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program at the parish, the nursing home ministry, liturgical ministries, preaching, witnessing marriages and celebrating baptisms – which he did until his death, Father Carrion said.
A native Baltimorean, Deacon Pivec was married to wife, Sue, for 50 years, with whom he had two children and three grandchildren, said Deacon John Martin, a deacon at Immaculate Heart of Mary.
“He cared an awful lot about his family and his grandchildren,” Deacon Martin said, “but was very passionate about his ministry and service to others.”
In addition to his work for the church, Deacon Pivec was an advertising salesman for years at The Baltimore Sun and helped to organize the Baltimore Boat Shows, Deacon Martin said.
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