Obituaries

Bro. Donald Schaaf, 81, died Jan. 3, 2018. Bro. Don was a teacher and business manager who also ministered in the juvenile justice system.

2017


Bro. Anthony Pistone, 82, died Dec. 6, 2017. Bro. Tony was a teacher and school administrator who also served as assistant provincial.

Fr. Paul Landolfi, 90, died Nov. 16 , 2017. Fr. Paul was a teacher, chaplain and spiritual director. He will be remembered for his gentle kindness and his dedication to the mission of Mary.

Bro. James Fitzgibbons, 81, died Nov. 6, 2017. Bro. Jim was a well-traveled teacher and formator. He served in Zambia, Nigeria, Peru and India as well as in the U.S.

Bro. Thomas Payne, 71, died Nov. 3, 2017. An eager, outgoing man, Bro. Tom had a gift for helping those in need. He served  in prison ministry and police and fire department chaplaincy.

Bro. Louis Ernst, 81, died Sept. 23, 2017. Bro. Lou was an educator who ministered in Missouri and Texas. He will be remembered as a patient tutor and a dedicated supporter of student activities, particularly sports.

Bro. James Moran, 90, died Sept. 8, 2017. Bro. Jim had an atypical Marianist journey, entering the congregation at age 60. He is remembered for his skill in teaching English as a second language.

Fr. Daniel Triulzi, 70, died Aug. 20, 2017. Fr. Dan was a scholar and educator with a broad international background. He spoke multiple languages and was an accomplished pianist.

Fr. Paul Neumann, 87, died May 11, 2017. A gentle, willing servant, Fr. Paul ministered in high schools in the United States, and in parishes and communities in Peru and Mexico.

Bro. Ray Miklich, 88, died May 9, 2017. Bro. Ray spent more than 50 years in ministry at St. John’s Residence for Boys in New York. He is remembered for his earnest dedication to his work.

Bro. John Totten, 103, died April 28, 2017. Bro. John was a respected educator and was known for his love and knowledge of Marianist studies. He was a cherished wisdom figure in the Society of Mary.

Fr. Christopher Conlon, 81, died March 26, 2017. Fr. Chris was an educator and campus minister who served in both high school and university ministry over a 55-year career.

Bro. Thomas Tessmer, 81, died March 13, 2017. Bro. Tom was a math teacher and assistant principal who served for many years at St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis.

Fr. Joseph Tarrillion, 83, died March 2, 2017. Fr. Joe was considered a true “Marianist educator.” He ministered as a professor at St. Mary’s University and as president of Central Catholic High School.

Fr. David Paul, 78, died February 22, 2017. Fr. Dave was an educator and school administrator. In his later years, he became a passionate fundraiser for Marianist ministries in developing countries.

Bro. John Haster, 77, died January 16, 2017. Bro. John was a longtime teacher and principal at Marianist high schools in California. He also served in administration for the former Province of the Pacific.

2016


Bro. Francis “Skip” Matthews, 77, died December 14, 2016. Bro. Skip was a generous, joyful caregiver who ministered to the sick, the homeless and the in-need in Zambia, on Los Angeles’ Skid Row and at Marianist high schools.

Bro. Robert Wood, 89, died December 6, 2016. Bro. Bob had a long and distinguished career, serving as a
missionary, college professor and archivist. He was the first American to be Secretary General of the Society of Mary.

Fr. Joseph Tedesco, 64, died December 2, 2016. Fr. Joe — affectionately known as Fr. Teddy — was a teacher and counselor who served at Marianist high schools including Archbishop Moeller, Villa Angela–St. Joseph and Chaminade-Madonna.

Bro. Charles Wanda, 80, died September 21, 2016. Bro. Charlie was a gifted artist and teacher. He was a pillar of Archbishop Moeller High School for nearly 40 years.

Fr. Lawrence Mann, 100, died September 1, 2016. Fr. Larry was a beloved teacher and pastor. During his long ministry, he served mostly in Hawai’i and California. He will be remembered for his good humor and sharp intellect.

Bro. David Conrad, 86, died August 28, 2016. Bro. Dave was a traditional “working brother,” who served quietly and with great dedication and competence. He ministered for many years in Nigeria during that country’s civil war.

Bro. Cletus Behlmann, 82, died July 12, 2016. Bro. Cletus was a commercially successful artist known for his use of bold colors. He was the director of the St. Mary’s University Art Center for nearly four decades.

Fr. Robert Backherms, 88, died April 18, 2016. Fr. Bob was a high school teacher, retreat leader and administrator who also ministered in India and Eastern Africa. He is remembered for his joyful, generous spirit.

Fr. George Onida, 76, died February 14,
2016. Fr. George served in parish ministry in the eastern United States. He was deeply devoted to Hispanic ministry.

Bro. Paul Fennelly, 74, died February 14, 2016. Bro. Paul served in administrative roles, mostly in California. He will be remembered for his unwavering reliability and gentle humility.

Bro. Gene Meyerpeter, 88, died February 5, 2016. Bro. Gene was a teacher and school administrator who was an advocate of technology and innovation in secondary education.

2015


Fr. Joseph Mary Marshall, 61, died December 28, 2015. Fr. Joseph Mary was a much-loved pastor who served at parishes in Eldersburg, Maryland, and San Antonio, Texas.

Fr. John (Jack) McGrath, 80, died December 26, 2015. Fr. Jack was a scholar and leader within the Society of Mary. Among his many accomplishments, he served as Provincial of the former New York Province.

Bro. Leonard Rudy, 81, died December 13, 2015. Bro. Len was a high school teacher and administrator known for his dry humor and his devotion to his students and myriad friends.

Bro. William O’Leary, 86, died December 12, 2015. Bro. Bill ministered as a teacher for four decades, spending 16 years teaching in Latin America. He is remembered for his passion for serving others.

Bro. Robert Johns, 84, died December 2, 2015. Bro. Bob was a working brother who served the Society of Mary and the Church in maintenance roles. He ministered mainly in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bro. D. Leo Willett, 90, died November 14, 2015. Bro. Leo was a high school teacher, guidance counselor and administrator for four decades. He was the founding principal of Gross Catholic High School in Omaha, Nebraska.

Bro. James Wisecaver, 73, died October 17, 2015. A creative and energetic man, Bro. Jim ministered as a high school teacher and principal, a college professor and member of the Marianist vocations team.

Fr. James McKay, 98, died October 15, 2015.
Fr. Jim was a high school teacher, administrator, chaplain and parish priest. He is remembered for his mild manner and Irishman’s “twinkle in the eye.”

Bro. Charles “Chas” Lohrenz, 84, died September 28, 2015. Bro. Chas was a teacher and maintenance worker whose service as a gardener provided food for the needy.

Bro. Charles Cummiskey, 91, died September 9, 2015. Bro. Charles was a chemistry professor and university administrator who served at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, for more than five decades.

Bro. Richard Middleton, 87, died August 18, 2015. Bro. Richard was a teacher and librarian who served at Marianist high schools for more than 40 years.

Bro. Kenneth Jung, 92, died April 14, 2015. Bro. Ken was a tireless working brother who is remembered as a cook, baker, beekeeper and poet.

Fr. George Abmayr, 87, died March 31, 2015. Fr. George was a high school teacher and librarian who served mostly in Ohio. He is remembered for his dedication to prayer and to the schools where he ministered.

Bro. Joseph Grieshaber, 76, died March 24, 2015. Bro. Joe was a high school teacher and principal who served in leadership roles for the Society of Mary. He was a caring person who loved to laugh.

Bro. James McCaffrey, 92, died March 4, 2015. Bro. Jim taught business courses at a variety of Marianist schools over the course of a long career. He also founded and led Marianist Affiliate groups.

Bro. Howard Lohrey, 65, died January 24, 2015. Bro. Howard was a long-time math teacher at Archbishop Moeller High School. He is remembered as a skilled, tough and caring teacher.

2014


Fr. John Melloh, 71, died December 31, 2014. Fr. John was a theologian and university professor who was a well-respected teacher at the University of Notre Dame.

Fr. Michael Barber, 73, died November 17, 2014. Fr. Mike was a high school teacher who later served as a parish priest in rural Mexico. An accident in 2009 left him paralyzed, but his faith remained steadfast.

Bro. Patrick McMahon, 79, died November 1, 2014. Bro. Pat was a teacher who ministered mostly in California. He will be remembered for his skill and compassion with learning-disabled students.

Fr. Daniel Doyle, 77, died October 29, 2014. Fr. Dan was a high school teacher, chaplain and administrator who served as president of Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory.

Fr. Joseph Priestley, 89, died October 11, 2014. Fr. Joe was a preacher and pastor who served mostly in his home state of Hawai’i.

Bro. Richard Roesch, 91, died September 2, 2014. Bro. Richard was a teacher and librarian who spent much of his long ministerial career at Marianist schools in Hawai’i.

Fr. Paul Vieson, 74, died August 6, 2014. Fr. Paul was a high school teacher and university professor who served as archivist for the Marianist Province of the United States.

Fr. Paul Marshall, 66, died July 17, 2014. Fr. Paul was a top administrator in the Province of the United States. A joyful Marianist, Fr. Paul was committed to social and racial justice.

Bro. Thomas Oster, 81, died July 12, 2014. Bro. Tom was a working brother who spent more than three decades in ministry in Eastern Africa.

Bro. Harold Lootens, 90, died May 24, 2014. Bro. Harold was a high school teacher and counselor who was also a talented professional pianist.

Fr. Robert Osborne, 81, died April 27, 2014. Fr. Bob was a teacher, pastor and school administrator who served mostly in the St. Louis area.

Bro. Paul Quinn, 82, died April 23, 2014.
Bro. Paul was a beloved high school religion teacher and campus minister who served mostly in New York and Maryland.

Bro. Raymond Martin, 76, died April 19, 2014. Bro. Ray served as the director of Career Placement Services at the University of Dayton.

Bro. William (Bill) Fackovec, 88, died April 7, 2014. Bro. Bill helped build the Marian Library at the University of Dayton into a renowned resource for religious scholars.

Bro. Richard (Dick) Olsen, 76, died February 22, 2014. Bro. Dick was a gifted mechanical drawing teacher who spent more than two decades in Africa. He ministered as a massage therapist in the second half of his career.

Bro. Francis (Frank) Smith, 69, died January 8, 2014. Bro. Frank was a teacher and pastoral minister who was skilled with computers.

2013


Bro. Art Cherrier, 89, died December 20, 2013. Bro. Art was a teacher and administrator who spent more than 35 years in ministry in Africa. He also served the Society of Mary as a translator.

Fr. Tom Stanley, 91, died November 15, 2013. He was considered a giant in the Society of Mary, having served in the Marianist Generalate, as rector of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico and as an area coordinator for Africa.

Bro. Peter Loehr, 82, died October 14, 2013. He was a teacher and administrator at Marianist high schools who is remembered for his singing voice and his success as a debate team moderator.

Bro. Mel Meyer, 85, died October 12, 2013. He was a gifted and commercially successful artist whose faith and happiness were expressed in more than 10,000 works of art.

Fr. Gerald Pleva, 74, died September 25, 2013. He was a teacher, counselor, campus minister and pastor. He spent much of his career in ministry in the San Antonio area.

Bro. William McCarthy, 89, died August 20, 2013. He was a longtime teacher at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio who also spent more than a decade in ministry in Peru.

Fr. Joseph Lackner, 71, died April 28, 2013. He was a teacher, campus minister, homilist and administrator who especially enjoyed ministry in developing regions.

Fr. Norbert Brockman, 79, died March 29, 2013. He was an educator, an author and a Marianist administrator whose long career included professorships at the University of Dayton and St. Mary’s University.

Bro. Joe Mariscalco, 84, died February 22, 2013. He served the Marianists as a printer and as a caregiver for his fellow brothers. He will be remembered for his service to his community and his commitment to prayer.

Fr. Gus Biehl, 88, died February 10, 2013. He was a teacher, retreat center administrator and chaplain, serving mostly in the St. Louis area. He will be remembered for his outgoing personality, his sense of humor and his love of writing.

Bro. Joe Nu’uanu, 77, died January 23, 2013. He was a joyful and exuberant spirit, described by a fellow brother as a “gifted educator who found his niche in service to the poor.”

2012


Fr. Mike Lisbeth, 64, died December 25, 2012. He was a teacher, counselor, social worker and formation director, described as a “. . . gentle man with a spiritual strength . . . who exuded holiness.”

Fr. Dave Schuyler, 79, died November 19, 2012. He was a canon lawyer and skilled administrator who served in numerous positions for the Marianists as well as for several Catholic dioceses. He also was a friend to many and a warm and gentle soul.

Bro. Bill Callahan, 92, died October 31, 2012. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in Marianist Schools.

Fr. Gene Sweeney, 79, died October 27, 2012. He was a beloved educator and parish priest.

Fr. William O’Connell, 85, died October 1, 2012. He served on high school and college campuses for many years.

Fr. Francis Kenney, 90, died September 25, 2012. He served as both a Marianist educator and as a parish priest.

Bro. Joseph Spehar, 85, died September 10, 2012. He was a longtime Marianist educator and co-founded the Lighthouse Renewel Center in Cincinnati.

Bro. Frank Deibel, 103, died July 30, 2012. He served in Marianist schools for decades. At the time of his death, Bro. Frank was believed to be the oldest living male religious in the world.

Bro. Louis Pinckert, 87, died July 26, 2012. He was a former teacher and business manager for the Province. He’ll be remembered for his kind spirit.

Bro. Joe Scheible, 82, died July 11, 2012. Bro. Joe was a Catholic educator on three different continents and was involved with the Boy Scouts.

Bro. Herbert Janson, 88, died March 31, 2012. Bro. Herbert was a longtime teacher at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio.

Fr. John McEnhill, 83, died March 22, 2012. Fr. John served as a high school teacher, counselor and psychologist.

Bro. William Deanhofer, 77, died February 20, 2012. Bro. William served at Marianist schools and retreat centers for over five decades.

Bro. Charles Ehrenfeld, 96, died February 8, 2012. Bro. Charlie was a beloved Marianist educator and environmentalist.

Bro. Gregory DeMoor, 66, died February 1, 2012. Bro. Greg was a Marianist educator known for his generous spirit.

Bro. Donald Winfree, 68, died January 25, 2012. Bro. Donald was a Marianist educator loved by many.

2011


Bro. Robert Wade, 84, died December 8, 2011. Bro. Bob served as a working brother for over five decades.

Fr. Paul Ryan, 95, died on December 2, 2011. Fr. Paul was a teacher and administrator and was beloved by students.

Bro. Charles Roggemann, 88, died November 10, 2011. Bro. Charles was a classroom teacher and was known for his love of culture.

Bro. Terry O’Connor, 77, died November 6, 2011. Bro. Terry was a classroom teacher for nearly six decades, and it was his passion.

Fr. Ade Windisch, 83, died October 26, 2011. Fr. Ade was a teacher and administrator throughout the province and the first president of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis.

Fr. James Imhof, 90, died October 5, 2011. Fr. Jim served as a teacher in Africa and Puerto Rico for many years. He was also an accomplished birdwatcher.

Fr. Richard O’Shaughnessy, 93, died June 29, 2011. Fr. Richard taught at St. Mary’s High School into his late 80s. Fr. Richard was affectionately known as “Fr. Osh.” He loved theater and plays.

Bro. Jim Dods, 72, died June 25, 2011. Bro. Jim was a longtime Catholic educator who had an impact on thousands of students as teacher, counselor and administrator. He was a very kind person.

Fr. Jack Russi, 71, died June 20, 2011. Fr. Jack was a Catholic educator for over four decades and also served as provincial for the former Marianist Province of the Pacific. His brothers remember him as a genuine person and a leader.

Fr. Herbert Pieper, 100, died April 10, 2011. Fr. Herbert served at various Marianist schools and also as a parish priest. He was an honest man who loved serving others.

Fr. Bill Wightman, 82, died April 5, 2011. Fr. Bill served as both a Catholic educator and as a parish priest. He was known as a very kind and charitable man.

Bro. Pierre Weitkamp, 82, died March 19, 2011. Bro. Pierre served as an administrator at various Catholic schools across the Province. He enjoyed Texas and was at Nolan Catholic High School for many years.

Bro. Francis Singler, 94, died February 21, 2011. Bro. Francis was a Catholic educator for nearly five decades. Much of his service was spent in his hometown of St. Louis, particularly at St. Mary’s High School.

Fr. Cy Middendorf, 87, died February 19, 2011. Fr. Cy spent much of his service in the Dayton, Ohio, area, serving as the director of campus ministry at UD and as a chaplain at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Fr. Cy had a Ph.D. in theology.

Bro. Robert Minges, 89, died February 12, 2011. Bro. Robert was a long-time teacher in several Marianist schools. He also oversaw the construction of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis and Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Omaha.

Bro. James Billo, (San Antonio, Texas), 85, died January 13, 2011. Bro. James did not join the Catholic church until he was 48 and took his first vows as a Marianist shortly after. Bro. James spend most of his Marianist life serving at St. Mary’s University in his home state of Texas.

Bro. James Abel, (Dayton, Ohio), 78, died Janurary 6, 2011. Bro. James dedicated most of his life to teaching students at Purcell High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also coached drama and cross country.

Bro. James Pieper, (San Antonio, Texas), 90, died January 6, 2011. Bro. James served as a teacher and librarian for the Marianists across the United States. He also worked as a parish director of religious education.

Bro. Ray McQuade, (San Antonio, Texas), 80, died January 4, 2011. Bro. Ray served as an English teacher in the United States and Puerto Rico and earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2010


Bro. Dan Calvo, (San Antonio, Texas), 88, died December 15, 2010. A native of Spain, his career as a Catholic educator spanned five continents.

Fr. Robert Hertweck, (Cupertino, California), 78, died December 10, 2010. May he rest in peace. Fr. Bob first encountered the Marianists at North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh and went on to serve in Africa for nearly four decades.

Fr. Jim Mifsud, (Cupertino, California), 75, died September 29, 2010. May he rest in peace. Fr. Jim began his Marianist life as a teacher and served in Korea for 13 years. Fr. Jim served at Queen of Apostles parish in San Jose from 1985-2008. During his time there, he founded a program that helps citizens with troubled pasts find employment.

Fr. Lee Sciarrotta, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 74, died September 23, 2010. May he rest in peace. Fr. Lee began his Marianist life as a teacher and later went on to serve as the first pastor at St. Jude Parish in Langwarrin, Australia. Fr. Lee returned to the United States in 1988 and served as pastor at Emmanuel Parish in Dayton until 2010.

Fr. Raymond Kacirk, (Detroit, Michigan) 80, died September 6, 2010. May he rest in peace. Fr. Ray began his Marianist life as an educator and later went on to receive a masters and law degree. Along with practicing law pro bono, Fr. Ray was also a licensed social worker and served as an administrator at a halfway house for recovering alcoholics.

Fr. Thomas Schoen, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 77, died April 14, 2010. May he rest in peace. Fr. Thomas served for nearly 50 years at the University of Dayton, where he was known as Mr. IT. Fr. Thomas is credited with helpingpioneer the Computer Science Department at UD, which he chaired for 17 years.

Fr. Thomas Hogan, (Cupertino, Calif.), 92, died March 28, 2010. May he rest in peace. Fr. Thomas was a high school teacher and administrator and served for more than two decades as a theology professor and department chair, chaplain and dean of students at Chaminade University of Honolulu. He also served as president of the Saint Louis-Chaminade Education Center Corporation.

Fr. Eldon Reichert, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 87, who died March 20, 2010. May he rest in peace. Fr. Eldon was a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator. He was a teacher and headmaster of Chaminade Secondary School in Malawi for 10 years and served at Aquinas High School in Nairobi, Kenya. Fr. Eldon was director of the guidance department and assistant principal at St. Joseph High School in Cleveland. In his later years, he served at the Christian Life Center and St. Aloysius parish in Cleveland.

2009


Bro. Donald Fahrig, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 83, who died November 22, 2009. May he rest in peace. Bro. Don was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He served the Marianists as a teacher, librarian, resource for students and minister of beautiful surroundings at Purcell Marian High School where he served for 30 years.

Fr. Jorge da Silva, (Cupertino, Calif.), 82, who died November 20, 2009. May he rest in peace. Fr. Jorge spent most of his career on the West Coast as a teacher, counselor, vice principal, principal, parish priest, spiritual director and facilitator of Lay Marianist groups. He was paralyzed for most of his career, but Fr. Jorge’s physical limitations never interfered with his powerful ministry of the Gospel.

Bro. Norbert Sturm, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 91, died September 11, 2009. May he rest in peace. Bro. Norbert was a teacher for almost 60 years. At age 65, he went to Eastern Africa to teach English to village children in Karonga, Malawi. He served as a missionary in Eastern Africa for 28 years.

Bro. John Klein, (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 84, died July 4, 2009. May he rest in peace. Bro. John was a grade school teacher in Texas and Missouri for 25 years. He also served in several ministries in Missouri and East St. Louis, IL.

Bro. Paul Novosal, (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 90, who died May 24, 2009, in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. Bro. Paul served as a teacher, librarian and archivist. Bro. Paul worked on the campus of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio for over 60 years. He was instrumental in the development and construction of two libraries on campus. For the last 35 years, until 2008, Bro. Paul was responsible for the Province Archives located on the St. Mary’s campus.

Bro. Francis Haug, (Cure of Ars , St. Louis), 85, died May 21, 2009, in St. Louis. May he rest in peace. Bro. Francis ministered to youth in education for most of his life. He was a teacher, administrator, coach and tutor at Marianist high schools in Missouri and Illinois for almost 50 years.

Bro. John Blank, (Alumni Hall, Dayton), 87, died April 14, 2009, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Bro. John taught high school Latin, English, religion and driver’s education for 54 years. He was a teacher at several high schools in Ohio and taught overseas in Switzerland, Lebanon, Australia and Japan. He also served in parish ministry at Emmanuel Catholic Church in Dayton.

Bro. Urban Naal, (Cupertino, Calif.), 81, who died January 30, 2009, in Cupertino. May he rest in peace. Bro. Urban was a history and social studies teacher for nearly 45 years. He earned grants to travel worldwide and collect photos and other materials for his classroom. Bro. Urban also was a church soloist, author of 35 magazine articles and a volunteer.

2008


Bro. Paul Merland, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 77, died December 8, 2008, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Bro. Paul served the Province as a teacher and business manager at Marianist schools in Ohio and worked in the Treasurer’s Office of the University of Dayton. In his later years, he was an aide at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Bro. Robert Riemann, (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 81, died December 4, 2008, in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. Bro. Bob served the Province as a working brother for over 50 years. He was a printer and proofreader for Catholic Authors Press and worked in maintenance and performed clerical duties at St. John Vianney High School and Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis, Maria Vista in New Haven, Mo., and at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio.

Bro. Frederick Gelhard, (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 83, who died November 1, 2008, in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. Bro. Fred was a World War II veteran and served the Province primarily as a working brother. He supervised the construction of Roncalli High School in Pueblo, Colo., and served in construction and maintenance positions in Wisconsin, Texas, Missouri and Africa.

Bro. Bernard Laurinaitis, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 82, died October 22, 2008, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Bro. Ben served the Province as a teacher and librarian in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Australia. He also worked as an archivist for over 20 years at the Roesch Library at the University of Dayton.

Bro. Charles Boglitz, (Cupertino, Calif.), 91, died October 12, 2008, in Cupertino. May he rest in peace. Bro. Charles served as a teacher and librarian at Marianist schools on the East and West Coasts.

Fr. Charles Bergedick, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 80, died September 22, 2008, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Fr. Charles served as a teacher, counselor, chaplain, missionary in Africa, and as a pastor, associate pastor, and priest coordinator. He also worked as a part-time chaplain at the Allegheny County Jail and at several nursing homes in Pittsburgh.

Bro. Elmer Dunsky, (Cupertino, Calif.), 90, died September 20, 2008, in Cupertino. May he rest in peace. Bro. Elmer had a distinguished career in education that spanned 65 years. He was a teacher and administrator at several high schools and helped found St. Monica High School in Santa Monica, CA, and Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, CA. He also served at Chaminade University of Honolulu for 33 years and was the first Marianist to chair the Education Department at the school.

Fr. Jack Rielly, (Cupertino, Calif.), 83, diced September 14, 2008, in Cupertino. May he rest in peace. Fr. Jack served as a teacher, chaplain, novice master, recruiter, pastor, vocation director, campus minister, and mentor and spiritual advisor to Lay Marianist Affiliates.

Bro. Bill McCall, (Cupertino, Calif.), 81, died July 9, 2008. May he rest in peace. Bro. Bill taught English and was an administrator in schools in the former Province of the Pacific for over 30 years. He initiated the High Sierras Mountaineering Program at Chaminade College Preparatory School in Canoga Park and West Hills, Calif., and at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Francisco. He also was a moderator for forensics and speech and debate.

Fr. John Bolin, (Cupertino, Calif.), 82, died June 15, 2008. May he rest in peace. Fr. John was a teacher and mentor of novices, scholastics and seminarians. He was head of the Office of Religious Life and provincial of the former Province of the Pacific. Fr. John also served as vicar general for the Diocese of Honolulu and was closely associated with Chaminade University of Honolulu as a professor, vice president of academic affairs, chancellor and rector.

Bro. Joseph (Wasy) Wasielewksi, (Cupertino, Calif.), 90, died May 31, 2008. May he rest in peace. Bro. Joe was an educator for nearly 60 years. He served in Brooklyn, Dayton, San Francisco, Honolulu, Maui and Gardena, Calif. His longest and favorite assignment was the 37 years he spent at St. Joseph International School in Yokohama, Japan. Bro. Joe was a teacher, principal, assistant principal and coach.

Bro. Stan Mathews, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 85, died May 18, 2008. May he rest in peace. Bro. Stan ministered in Cleveland and Dayton for 65 years. He was an English teacher, principal, librarian, the first rector of the University of Dayton and a longtime member of the school’s board of trustees. In the former Province of Cincinnati, he served as assistant provincial, director of education, vocation director and councilor. Bro. Stan was a member of the Provincial Chapter and General Chapter. He is remembered as a first-class Marianist, who led with wisdom, kindness and grace. He also loved the Cincinnati Reds.

Fr. Raymond Middendorf, (Hollywood, Fla.), 79, died April 8, 2008. May he rest in peace. Fr. Ray served for over 40 years as a priest and missionary in Puerto Rico. He was a talented photographer and was the unofficial photographer at many wedding ceremonies. Fr. Ray was affectionately known as the “cruise ship chaplain” because of his love of cruise ships and ministering to the passengers aboard them.

Bro. Maurice (Max) Beyer, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 93, died February 23, 2008, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Bro. Max served as a teacher in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico. He was a secretary for 35 years serving under provincials in the former Provinces of Cincinnati and New York. Bro. Max also was a nurse’s aide and editor of Family, the newsletter of the former Province of Cincinnati.

Bro. Art Dofing, (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 74, died February 10, 2008, in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. Bro. Art was a teacher in Texas, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin and ministered for several years as a family counselor.

Bro. Robert Kelly, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 84, died February 1, 2008, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Bro. Bob had a 45-year career in education. He was a member of the first Marianist community in Ireland, and he helped establish St. Laurence College in Dublin. Bro. Bob also spent many years as a teacher and administrator at St. Joseph College in Yokohama, Japan.

2007


Bro. Bernard Foster, (Cupertino, Calif.),88, died December 14, 2007, in Cupertino. May he rest in peace. Bro. Barney was a teacher for nearly 30 years at schools in Cleveland, Honolulu, Wailuku, San Francisco and Yokohomo, Japan.

Bro. Fred Hausch, (Marycliff Community, Eureka, Mo.), 75, died November 9, 2007, in St. Louis. May he rest in peace. Bro. Fred spent most of his 54 years as a Marianist serving as a cook and kitchen manager, nourishing the physical and spiritual well-being of others.

Bro. Martin McMurtrey, (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 86, died November 9, 2007, in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. Bro. Martin, or Bro. Mac as he was affectionately called, taught English and drafting at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio for almost 50 years. He was the author of several books and worked tirelessly to raise money for the scholarship fund created in his name at Central Catholic.

Fr. Edmund Rhodes, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 97, died November 3, 2007, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Fr. Edmund taught at schools in Washington, D.C., New York, Ohio, Iowa and Pennsylvania. His career with the University of Dayton spanned more than 36 years.

Bro. Franklin Pao, (Marycliff Community, Eureka, Mo.), (Center Marianist community, Honolulu), 72, died October 12, 2007, in Honolulu. May he rest in peace. Bro. Franklin served in a number of capacities including secretary to the provincial of the former Province of the Pacific, administrator of the former Villa St. Joseph Healthcare Center and for the last 20 years, as registrar at Saint Louis School in Honolulu. Bro. Franklin was Kahuna Nui of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I for almost 20 years.

Bro. Paul Goelz, (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 92, who died September 27, 2007. Bro. Paul passed away at the Marianist Residence at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, where he spent more than 55 years in the classroom teaching business to thousands of students until his retirement in 2001.

Fr. Donald Bracht, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 93, died September 17, 2007, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Fr. Don was an educator for 25 years at several schools in California and Hawaii. He also served for almost 40 years as a fundraiser and moderator for alumni from Marianist schools in the Pacific Province.

Bro. Clarence Chew, (Marianist Hall, Honolulu), 83, died July 23, 2007, in Honolulu. May he rest in peace. Bro. Clarence was the first American of Chinese descent to enter the Society of Mary. Bro. Clarence served as a teacher and principal in Hawaii and California. He also served as a teacher in Japan and a missionary in Korea.

Bro. Dan Sharpe, (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 83, died July 23, 2007, in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. Bro. Dan had a lifelong devotion to education and ministered as a teacher and administrator for 40 years in St. Louis, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Chicago and Fort Worth. He served in Provincial administration for eight years and helped establish the Marianist presence in Mexico.

Bro. Robert Hatesohl, (Marycliff, Eureka, Mo.), 64, died May 22, 2007. May he rest in peace. Bro. Bob served the Province as a business manager, accountant and bookkeeper in St. Louis and San Antonio.

Bro. James Roberts, (Cupertino, California), 75, died May 10, 2007. May he rest in peace. Bro. Jim created the art program at Chaminade University of Honolulu and designed the university’s landmark chapel, the Mystical Rose Oratory. He was a noted artist who worked in paint, ink, watercolor and pencil, in a range of styles, including abstract, pointillism, realism, portrait, landscape and still life. In addition to painting, Bro. Jim sculpted and worked in serigraph.

Fr. Matthew Kohmescher, (Sawmill, Dayton), 85, died May 5, 2007. May he rest in peace. Fr. Matt was the chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Dayton for 20 years. Nicknamed “Fr. Beanie” for his trademark skullcap and “Fr. Fuzzy” for his acts of kindness, he was the unofficial UD greeter of students and parents and the “grandfather” of Founders Hall on campus.

Fr. Edwin Johnson, (West Hills, Calif.), 81, died April 25, 2007. May he rest in peace. Fr. Edwin professed first vows in 1962 at Marynook in Galesville, Wis., and was ordained in 1986 in San Jose, Calif. Fr. Edwin served as a teacher, principal, guidance director, chaplain, spiritual director and campus minister. For the last 11 years he was chaplain at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, and Chatsworth, Calif.

Fr. Thomas Doyle, (Port Washington, N.Y.), 73, died March 20, 2007. May he rest in peace. Fr. Tom professed first vows in 1952 at Marcy, N.Y., and was ordained in 1974 at Baltimore. He taught in high schools on the East Coast in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland, and served as pastor and associate pastor at parishes in Maryland and Connecticut.

Bro. J. Edward Fick, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 90, died March 10, 2007. May he rest in peace. Bro. Ed was a teacher, business manager, special education program administrator and volunteer at St. Agnes hospital in Baltimore for almost 20 years.

Bro. Joseph Meierdirks, (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 86, died March 3, 2007. May he rest in peace. Bro. Joseph was a decorated World War II veteran who joined the Society of Mary at age 39. Bro. Joseph taught and was a pastoral minister in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida.

Bro. Robert Massa, (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 78, died January 31, 2007. May he rest in peace. Bro. Bob taught high school history, reading and English for 37 years in St. Louis, Milwaukee and Chicago. After retiring from teaching, he served as host at the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center in Eureka, Missouri for 16 years.

Bro. Victor Naegele, (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 90, died January 29, 2007. May he rest in peace. Bro. Victor taught high school for 25 years before joining the Sociology department at St. Mary’s University. He was active in the American Sociology Society and was a lecturer, committee member and consultant for migrant issues. Bro. Victor also was known for his photography skills and travels around the world.

Bro. Leo Rothermich, (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 95, died January 1, 2007. May he rest in peace. Bro. Leo was in education for 60 years. He taught English, religion, Latin and mathematics. He also served as principal, athletic director and coach and moderated several activities. Later in his career, he served as business manager at Chaminade College Preparatory and St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis.