Rev. Albin Joseph Gietzen

June 5, 1924September 7, 2017

Reverend Albin Joseph Gietzen entered eternal life on September 7, 2017 at the age of 93. He was born on June 5, 1924, in Kingsley, Michigan to Joseph and Veronica (Hansen) Gietzen. He attended Tompkins School, Bartlett School, Hanover Township Agricultural School, Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, and St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Plymouth. He received a bachelor of arts from Sacred Heart Seminary and a master of arts from the University of Michigan. He was ordained on June 2, 1956 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit by His Eminence Edward Cardinal Mooney.

Following his ordination, Father Gietzen joined the Sulpicians and taught speech in two of their seminaries in Maryland. He came to the Diocese of Gaylord in 1977 and served as Associate Pastor for St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord and the Mission of Holy Redeemer in Vanderbilt. In 1978 he was appointed Ordinary Confessor for the Sisters at the Sacramentine Monastery in Conway. He was named Administrator for St. Stephen Parish in Lake City, the Mission of St. Rita in McBain and the Mission of St. Theresa in Manton in 1980, and also served as Ordinary Confessor for the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac, and Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Gaylord on January 20, 1982 and began a three year term on the Board of Advisors of the Department of Worship. In 1985 he was appointed as Pastor for Holy Rosary Parish in Cedar and St. Rita-St. Joseph Parish in Maple City. He became the Diocesan Liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal on July 14, 1988. He was appointed as Pastor for St. Mary Parish in Hannah on June 30, 1993 and remained there until he retired to Senior Priest Status in August 2001.

Father Al was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Rita Colerus, Rosalene Renauer, Mary Snell, Magdalene O’Hara and Gerard Gietzen. He was loved by 13 nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 10 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Covell Funeral Home, 232 E. State Street, Traverse City, Michigan, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday, September 11 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1025 S. Union Street, Traverse City at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m., which will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary Parish in Hannah (Kingsley), Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, or the seminarian fund for the Diocese of Gaylord.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 10, 2017

  • Vigil Service

    Sunday, September 10, 2017

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, September 11, 2017


Rev. Albin Joseph Gietzen

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December 25, 2017

Stayed at Fr. Al's mother's Bed and Breakfast in the 50's. He gave me his bed upstairs and he slept in the basement on a cot. That's who he was.
Classmate to Ordination 1956. Jim Burns, Worcester, MA.

Lynn & debbie Snell

September 10, 2017

You are home now where you belong.
Much love & many thanks for the memories

Lynn & debbie Snell

September 10, 2017

Fr Al will be missed for several reasons. Like many good times sailing along the sand dunes with his parachute invention, cooking us all french toast at the park across from the bay, saying daily Mass inside our homes, cutting down our Christmas tree one year we spent it in Lake City, all the card games he taught us.
We thank him for the camping, ice fishing, cross country skiing and a cruise he took our Mother on over the 13 years she spent with him at his parishes. They made a good team. We thank him for showing her so many fun times more than she had the 55 years before then.
RIP, dear priest/Uncle

Raelynn Stein

September 10, 2017

Father Al will always be remembered fondly. He was a man of prayer who let the Holy Spirit lead the way. I was blessed enough to work at St. Mary's of Hannah while he was pastor there. He loved the school and we always felt his support. He will be greatly missed.

Adam Youker

September 10, 2017

Requiescat In Pace, Father Gietzen. You will be missed!