Rest In Peace
God has not destined us to the terrors of judgment,
but to the full attainment of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
He died for us that we, awake or asleep,
might live in company with him. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
Many of our brothers and friends have left us but continue "to worship with us on another shore and in a greater light."
You are invited to share with us notifications regarding those who have died, and your reflections on who they were and how they have effected your life. The notifications are posted as they arrive with the most recent being at the top of the list. The are not listed by class year or death date.
To notify us of someone's passing or to submit a tribute or reflection on the life of a deceased alumni, please send an email to RestInPeace@franciscan-alumni.org. Please be certain to include the person's name, your name, graduating year, current city and state of residence and your email address. At your request we will not publish your email address, but we will need it to follow-up with any questions we might have.
Photographs and links to obituaries are welcome and encouraged.
Note: Links to obituaries in newspapers may be archived by the newspaper and may not show up when you click on the link. This is especially the case with the Cincinnati Enquirer. If you have a link to another obituary or an archive location, please forward it to RestInPeace@franciscan-alumni.org.
Mario Charles Wagner ('52)was a former franciscan priest who taught many years at Roger Bacon high school. He passed away on Sunday November 3, 2013 at the age of 79. He was an active member of the franciscan alumni from the class of 1952. He was the beloved husband of Marge (nee Heller) a devoted father of Marc E. (Michelle) and Eric L. (Nicole) Wagner, dear brother of Lavern Russo, Carol McNeil and the late Lawrence, Jerry, Norman and Norbert Wagner. Loving grandfather of Nicholas, Samantha, Carson and Addison Wagner. Memorial gathering at St. John the Evangelist church, West Chester on Thursday November 7 from 10 AM until time of Mass at 11 AM. Fr. Jim VanVurst a classmate from the class of 1952 had the Mass with quite a few franciscans attending. He will be missed by his classmates of the class of 1952 and the alumni Association as he and his wife Marge were always present at their celebrations. Pax et bonum , Bill Pellman class of 1952
Kieran Quinn ('41) passed away on January 4, 2012. A Memorial Liturgy was celebrated by Jeremy Harrington at St. Anthony Friary. Claire, Kieran's wife of 31 years was at his bedside when he died peacefully.
Connal Lynch, OFM ('36) Services for Conall P. Lynch, 84, were at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, June 27 at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Ron Walters, OFM officiated. Burial followed at Hillcrest Cemetery. Lynch first profession was Aug. 16, 1943 and his solemn profession was Aug. 16, 1946. He was ordained on June 1, 1951 at Holy Family Parish, Oldenburge, Ind. He spent 30 years a the Catholic Indian Center and was involved with Knights of Columbus where he was a State Chaplin. Lynch was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Francis Thomas Lynch.
Duane Springer ('56) of Metamora passed away at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. He was born May 24, 1938, in Peoria to Emanuel "Manny" and Frieda (Heintzman) Springer. He married Phyllis Francois on June 3, 1967, in Metamora; she died April 2, 1990. Surviving are two brothers, Eugene and Karen Springer of Metamora and Paul and Joan Springer of Belle Chasse, La. Also surviving are three nephews, Jason Springer, Matt Bowman and Fred Meyer; two nieces, Jill Eberle and Janeen Zaio; four grandnieces and nephews; and his stepmother, Edna Barnes of Metamora. He was preceded in death by his parents. Duane studied for the priesthood and took his religious vows with the Cincinnati Franciscans St. John the Baptist Province, but because of ill health he had to suspend his vocation. He was a graduate of Bradley University in 1963. He was a co-owner of Springer Electric Company Incorporated in Metamora. He was a great admirer of dogs, especially Springer Spaniels. Duane was an avid sportsman and marksman in his early years, belonging to the Izzak Walton League. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Metamora.
Dan Havron, OFM ('69) passes away on Friday, April 27, 2012, he died unexpectedly from an apparent heart attack. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated as St. Clement Church in St. Bernard on May 2, 2012. He was burried in St. Marys Cemetary in St. Bernard.
John Boehman, OFM ('50) passed away Monday August 1, 2012 at St. Margaret Hall. A Franciscan Friar of the Province of St John the Baptist for 61 years and a Priest for 53 years. Preceded in death by his brother Charles and sisters Mary Grote and Joan Espel. Survived by his brother in law Joe Espel, nieces and nephews Jean Leitz, Donna Steiger, William Grote, Charlette Buescher, Toni Imholt, Bernie Shinkle, Anna Tracy, Joe Boehman, and Lisa Knapp. Friends are invited to join the friars and family for the reception of the body (Prayer Service) Monday August 6, 2012 at 5:00 P.M. St. Clement Church, 4536 Vine St., St. Bernard OH. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 7:00 P.M. Burial Tuesday 11:00 A.M. in the friars plot at St Mary Cemetery, St. Bernard, OH. Memorials are welcomed to the Franciscan Friars 1615 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH. 45202-6400.
Dorothy Gilroy (Librarian 1965 - 1972) passed away on October 12thm 2012. She was the librarian at St. Francis Seminary, and with Carol Dressman were the first women allowed to work at the Seminary. Both of them did much for the studets during those years. To this day former students of hers cannot say her name without thinking of the Dewey Decimal System.
Mark David Vilaboy ('78) passed away on January 11, 2013 in Chandler, Arizona. Mark was born on March 4, 1960 in Havana, Cuba as an American born abroad to Eileen Johnson and Manuel Vilaboy. Mark attended Catholic education K-8 and St. Francis High School Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mercy College in Detroit, where he graduated with highest honor with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Mark was an IRS auditor and attended law school at Arizona State University College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Journal. Mark was a partner at Quarles & Brady with a specialty in tax controversies. Mark is survived by his parents and his siblings, Michael, Michelle, Maria, Matthew, Martin, Monica, and Maurice, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mark is also survived by his life partner of twenty year and husband, Damien Laurence (Larrie) Brandeis, a naturopathic physician in Chandler. Celebration of Life Services will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Lakeshore Mortuary, 1815 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa. Charitable contributions in Mark's memory may be made to the Human Rights Campaign. Mark was a generous, kind, warm, and loving person who gave his time freely to all in need, and he will be missed.
Crispin Butz, O.F.M. ('41) was born in Lafayette, IN on November 27, 1923 where he grew up. He joined the Franciscans of the Cincinnati, Oh province and pronounced his Solemn Vows on August 16, 1945 in Detroit, MI. He was ordained a priest on June 8, 1950 in Oldenburg, IN. He served in parishes in Batesville, IN and Louisville, KY before coming to the Southwest where he remained the rest of his life. He was Rector of the Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe, NM between 1984-1994. He pastored parishes in parishes in Albuquerque, Bloomfield, Cuba and Grants NM. His final assignment was at St. Paschal Friary in Santa Fe. Surviving siblings are Ann Dykheuzen, Ft. Wayne, IN, Alberta Rose Warwick, Lafayette, IN and Fred Butz of Lafayette, IN. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Fr. Berno Butz, O.F.M., Walter and Robert Butz. Transfer of the body and visitation will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2011 beginning at 9:00 AM at Holy Family Church, 562 Atrisco Dr., SW. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM. Burial will take place in the OFM section of Rosario Cemetery in Santa Fe at 3:00 PM. Fr. Crispin's care has been entrusted to Gabaldon Mortuary, Albuquerque, NM. (505) 243-7861.
Peter Paul James, O.F.M. ('42), a Franciscan friar who served as a missionary, a hospital chaplain, a seminary teacher and an assistant pastor, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, in Cincinnati. He was 86. He was a member of Province of St. John the Baptist for almost 70 years. He was born Nov. 27, 1924, in Indianapolis and was the son of the late Albert and Catherine Bloom James. He grew up in Lafayette. In 1938 he enrolled in St. Francis High School Seminary in Cincinnati, beginning his life with the friars. He entered their novitiate in 1942, professed simple vows in 1943 and solemn vows in 1946, and was ordained in 1951 at Holy Family Theologate in Oldenburg. He spent 12 years in parochial ministry and Navajo ministry of Gallup, N.M., and seven years as assistant treasurer of his Franciscan province. In 1963 he volunteered for a mission that became his life's work. He spent 27 years as a teacher at Our Lady of the Angels Seminary in Quezon City, Philippines, and served the local parish as associate pastor. Returning to the States in 1990, he served as chaplain at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Covington, Ky., and many years in research and writing at St. Francis Seraph Friary in Cincinnati. A brother, Michael James, preceded in death. He is survived by two sisters, Sister Alexis Berchmans, LSP, of Evansville and Paula Alexander of Lafayette. Services were June 21 in Ohio. (Source: The Lafayette Journal and Courier)
Steve Kaelin (™71) was found dead in his apartment near the University of Cincinnati on Monday night, June 18, 2007 from a drug overdose. As you know (or don't) Steve struggled with alcohol, then significant drug addiction since 1973. He was in and out of AA and NA; in and out of jail over the last 25 years. He had just been released from the Hamilton County Corrections Center on Friday, June 15. Steve's AA sponsor spent 45 minutes with Steve on Friday afternoon and Steve was upbeat about getting a new start again.... Obviously, though, the old demons got to him and he died from his addiction. Fr. Gil Wolher presided over a small memorial Mass in the old SFS chapel on Saturday morning, June 23. Our Mass readings were: Romans 8:31-39 proclaiming "Nothing can separate us from the love of God" and John 1: 43-51 where Jesus said of Nathaniel, "There is no guile in him." After Mass (and walking around the grounds....), a group of my family, friends and classmates from Steve™s Class of ™71 and my Class of ™69 went to the Mt.Healthy Perkins Pancakes to enjoy goetta and eggs and remember stories of Steve. Let's keep Steve and each other in prayer. Pax et bonum,
Jerry Kaelin (™69)
Michael Baur ('70) passed way suddenly on Wednesday, June 9, 2011 in his 59th year. Mike was a retired Firefighter and Paramedic with the City of St. Bernard. Friends celebrated a Memorial Mass for Mike at The Mercy Center Winton Woods, on Sunday June 19th at 1:00pm. Family requests that memorial contributions in memory of Mike be directed to the St. Vincent De Paul Society 1125 Bank Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45214-2130.
Barry McGlynn ('52) passed away May 21, 2011. The following rememberance was provided by his wife, Dona. Barry peacefully passed away last night. His passing leaves a tremendous void in the lives of every member of our family. It is a great loss to the world, he was everything to anyone who needed him. My life cannot be more blessed for having him in it for over 39 years. I do not believe I could have any greater love than that which he gave me. I am honored to have called him my husband and my best friend. Thank you to all of you who knew him and called him friend. Thank you for all our thoughts, prayers, and well wishes through the past 14 months of his struggle. Your love and support meant a lot to him and one of his final requests was to let his Franciscan brothers know.
Duane Stenzel, OFM ('45), a Franciscan Friar of St. John the Baptist Province (Cincinnati), died January 18th at Rapides Regional Medical Center. He was 83. Originally from Wenona, IL Rev. Stenzel was a Franciscan for 64 years and a priest for 56 years. He was the priest director of Radio Maria in Alexandria. He served his ministry in teaching, preaching and healing in the Midwest and South. He is survived by his sisters, Elaine Krischel of Wenona, IL and Kay Dose of Losant, IL.
Joseph Rayes, OFM ('48) passed way January 29, 2007. He was 76. Fr. Rayes had been a member of the Cincinnati-based Franciscan order for nearly 58 years. He was ordained a priest in 1957. For 12 years, he taught at Sacred Heart Cathedral High School in Gallup, NM, and at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, IN. In 1971, he became novice director at Oldenberg, IN, and in Mount Airy, OH. Following a year of sabbatical at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, he began work in ministry of the Word, first as director of Lumen Christi Retreat Center in Schriever, LA, and then out of Chicago and Cincinnati. He served for one year as provincial communications director and was elected to the Provincial Council from 1996 to 1999. Fr. Rayes is survived by a sister, Barbara; brother, Robert; nieces and nephews; and greatnieces and nephews. A memorial Mass for Fr. Rayes was celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2007 at St. Michael Church in Southfield.
William John Halsmer ('63) passed away May 10, 1969. His death was reported by his sister, Linda Rose Halsmer.
John Mittelstadt, OFM ('53) passed away on March 23, 2011. His funeral was held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday, April 1st and he was buried in the Friar's plot at Saint Michael's Mission later that afternoon. An obituary was not located, but information regarding the funeral details can be found on Facebook.
Diego D. Esquibel ('68) age 60, passed away on February 22, 2011 after an extended illness. Diego was born on April 1, 1950, to Juan J. and Sarah M. Esquibel. He is preceded in death by his parents, Juan in 1999 and Sarah just recently on February 2, 2011. Also by his grandparents, Antonio F. and Mabel Martinez, Hipolito and Eloisa Esquibel; Uncles & Aunts, Antonio and Donna Martinez, Horacio and Mabel Garcia, Gilberto, Paul and Herky Esquibel. Diego left Santa Fe at age 13 to attend St Francis Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1969, he discontinued his studies for the priesthood and became a Franciscan brother. Upon leaving the Franciscan order, he continued his studies at Edgecliff College in Cincinnati, graduating with a degree in Spanish and Education. He began his teaching career at The Summit Country Day School as a High School Spanish teacher. Through this endeavor he inspired and touched many students' lives in the Cincinnati area. He also was very involved in several extra-curricular activities, of which he was very proud. He left teaching in 1987 and began his second career in private industry. He served as the Executive Director of the Friars Club in Cincinnati, Drakett Co. SC Johnson Wax and Delta Airlines and graduated from University of Cincinnati Executive Program. Because teaching was his passion, he returned to teaching Spanish at various schools which included St. Ursula Academy al girl catholic High School, Cincinnati Public Schools and Roger Bacon-Coed Catholic High School. In May 2007, Diego became ill and had to return to New Mexico to be cared for by his mother, brothers and extended family. Diego is survived by his brothers John and wife Mary Jo, Mike and wife Maida, and Robert Esquibel; nephew Patrick and Jen Esquibel; nieces Debbie and Louie Montano, Audrey Velasco and Gilbert, Monica and Michael Gonzales, Dawn Vigil and Kenneth, Maria and Fred Suazo, Amanda, Shea and Mary Esquibel, and beloved Goddaughter Lauren Lopez Driscoll of Cincinnati; 11 grandnephews and grandnieces which he was very fond of, numerous cousins, extended family and friends. Cremation has taken place. Assisting as pall bears are Robert L. Baca and Stuart Castle. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 28th, 2011 at the Cathedral Basilica of St Francis at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Rosario Cemetery; a reception at the Elks Lodge will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street,Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
Nicholas Lohkamp, OFM ('43) age 85, died Wednesday February 23, 2011, at Winton Community at Winton Woods. A member of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. John the Baptist for 66 years and a Priest for 58 years. He is preceded in death by his sister Clara Holzman. He is survived by his brother, Francis of Wichita, KS and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. A prayer service with story-telling will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday March 5, 2011 at St. Clement Church 4536 Vine Street, St. Bernard, Cincinnati, OH. Memorial Mass will follow at 11:00 A.M. Memorials are welcomed to the Franciscan Friars 1615 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH. 45202-6400.
Justus Wirth, OFM ('53) age 76, died Monday, December 20, 2010 at St. Leonard Health and Rehabilitation Center in Centerville, OH. A Franciscan friar of the Province of St John the Baptist for 56 years and a priest for 48 years. Online condolences at www.imwallemfh.com.
Aquinas Schneider, OFM ('45) a native of Louisville and one of four brothers who entered the priesthood, died Oct. 27 in Bloomington, Ill. He was 83.
Father Schneider was one of 11 children of Otto and Anna (Sandford) Schneider of Louisville. Following in the footsteps of four uncles and a cousin, four of the Schneider siblings ” Bernardin, Chris, Aquinas and Ric ” became Franciscan priests in the Province of St. John the Baptist, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Father Chris Schneider is deceased. Father Aquinas Schneider served in parishes, in administration and as an advisor to Secular Franciscan fraternities. He also served for 37 years in chaplaincy in hospitals and a retirement home. He was director of pastoral care at St. Francis Hospital (now Mercy Western Hills) in Cincinnati from 1969-1982 and was chaplain there from 1996-2008. He retired to Sacred Heart Church in Peoria, Ill., in 2008 and the following year joined his brother, Father Ric Schneider, longtime pastor of St. Mary™s parish, in Bloomington, Ill. Father Aquinas Schneider was involved in the day-to-day life of the parish and served as spiritual assistant to Secular Franciscan fraternities in Bloomington and Peoria until recently, when his health began to fail. Survivors include four brothers, Father Bernardin Schneider of Tokyo, Japan; Norbert Schneider of Naples, Fla.; Donald Schneider of Elyria, Ohio, and Father Ric Schneider of Bloomington, Ill. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 1 at St. Mary™s Church, Bloomington, Ill. Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Bloomington. From his brother Fr. Ric Schneider - Quin had a peaceful passing into eternal life Wednesday afternoon at 1:20 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital. Fr. Gregg, Bro Kevin and I, along with four parishioners prayed the prayers for the dying around his bed. As we finished singing the Francican hymn The Ultima, he took his last breath. What a beautiful peaceful death. May he rest in peace.
William James "Bill" O'Neill, PH.D ('57) earned his eternal reward on July 25 , 2010. Bill attended St. Francis Seminary and would have been in the graduating class of 1955. After graduation from Purcell in Cincinnati he joined The Christian Brothers. In 1973 he married. In 2005 he retired from Southeastern Community College in Keokuk, IA. Bill is survived by his wife, Thelma; one son, Barry; one daughter, Elizabeth, one grandson, Will; his mother, Helen; and one brother, John. A celebration of life memorial service was held in his city of residence, Mt. Pleasant, IA. Bill wished to only be remembered in your daily prayers. William O'Neill Obituary in the Ottumwa Courier. William O'Neill Obituary on the Iowa Cremation website. Reported by Bill Pellman '52.
Mary Schroeder, the retired manager of St. Francis Bookshop and an Affiliate of the Order, died unexpectedly July 14, 2010. Mary apparently drowned in a pool behind her apartment complex in Westwood. She was 77 years old. Hired by the Bookshop as a sales assistant in 1957, over the years Mary became a nationally respected authority on her subject. "Little did I know," she once said, "that the job I originally turned down three times (until they raised the starting salary to $1.15 an hour) would become my lifelong commitment. I knew nothing abut the Franciscans, and now they are my brothers." "God bless her for all those years," said Philip Wilhelm, who frequently visited the Bookshop while here on home leave from the Philippines. "She kept that bookstore in a happy mood. When you came in, she had something nice to say right away. She didn't wait for you to say something." Mary donated her body to science. A Memorial Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, at St. Francis Seraph Church in Cincinnati, where she was a faithful parishioner. Please keep her family in your prayers: brothers Bill and Dan, and nephew Ken. Mary Schroeder Obituary in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Terrence McNally ('55) passed away Thursday, May 20, 2010, and the funeral mass was Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at St. Augustine Church in Covington KY. He received his Ph.D. in English from Loyola University, Chicago IL in 1968. He was a professor of literature at Northern Kentucky University for 28 years, and a published author of œWhat Every Catholic Should Know About Mary. After retirement Terry and his wife travelled to numerous locales, including Ireland, France, and Italy, of which Rome was his favorite. Survived by wife Joan and daughters Aileen and Carolyn and son Tim. Terrence McNally Obituary in the Cincinnati Enquirer
Albert Lewis ('66) passed away Saturday, January 9, 2010. No details are available, but he apparently died in his sleep.
David (Dismas) Turnbull, OFM ('48) passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2009. Visitation was Tuesday, July 21 at 5:00 pm at St. Clement Church in St. Bernard, and was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 7:00 PM. Burial was Wednesday, July 22 at 11 AM in St. Mary Cemetery. Fr. David's Obituary in the Cincinnati Enquirer
Marne Breckensiek, OFM ('56) passed way December 29, 2009 at St Margaret Hall and was buried at St. Clements on Jan. 2, 2010. Fr. Marne Breckensiek Obituary in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Bart Pax, OFM ('59) passed away on July 24, 2009. Fr. Bart Pax Obituary in the Times-Picayune.