Father John Petrauskas, 99, member of the American Province of the B.V.M., Mother of Mercy, died Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Matulaitis Nursing Home. Born May 13, 1916, in Gardner, Mass., he was the son of the late Michael Patrofsky Petrauskas and Apolonia Grekardunis.
A graduate of Marianapolis College, Fr. John made his First Profession on July 16, 1940. He then made his Final Vows on July 16, 1943, and was ordained on August 9, 1943.
Father John first joined the Marianapolis Preparatory School faculty in 1944 and served as headmaster from 1950-1969 and then again from 1975-1987. Father John influenced generations of students and faculty. During his time at Marianapolis, he wrote “The History of Marianapolis,” an extensive work on the school’s past. From 1991 to 2008, Fr. John served as the pastor of St. Casmir’s Church in Worcester, Mass.