The funeral Mass for Deacon Clement J. Belter will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Roger Gries at 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at St. Ambrose Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick. Father Bob Stec, St. Ambrose pastor, will be the homilist.
The wake will begin with vespers at 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at St. Ambrose. Bishop Martin Amos, bishop emeritus of Davenport, will preside and Deacon Gary Tomazic will be the homilist. The wake will continue until 7 p.m.
Deacon Belter, 84, died on Sept. 7.
Survivors include his wife, Carol (Piotrowski), children and grandchildren.
He was ordained to the permanent diaconate for service to the Diocese of Cleveland on June 17, 1979 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist by Bishop James Hickey.
Deacon Belter was assigned to serve at St. Ambrose Parish from 1979 until his death. He was appointed to an additional assignment at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Medina, from Nov. 1, 1985 until Dec. 1, 1992. Deacon Belter was a faithful chaplain of the Knights of Columbus and the Legion of Mary. He also had a great heart for veterans as an active member of the VFW and was dedicated to being present as a member of the color guard at funerals.
Daily he prayed for a greater respect for life from conception to natural death. He was vibrant and full of life and had a sincere passion for spreading the Gospel and doing whatever he could for the Church and his parish community, which he loved greatly.
Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Valley City.