Victor Elmer, OFM
1918 – 1977
Fr. Victor Elmer, OFM, was born in Utica, N.Y., on Oct. 21, 1918. In 1936, he enrolled at St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
He entered the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., Aug. 12, 1940, and professed temporary vows on August 13, 1941. Fr. Victor made his profession of solemn vows Sept. 17, 1944, and was ordained a priest in Washington, D.C., June 17, 1945.
He began teaching at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., and in the fall of 1950 began full-time graduate studies at The Catholic University in Washington. He taught sociology at Siena College and St. Bonaventure University until 1965 when illness forced him to stop.
For the next 10 years, Fr. Victor was plagued with illness and suffering. Patience and good humor impressed the nursing staff who cared for him.
He died at St. Francis Hospital in Olean, N.Y., on July 19, 1977. Fr. Victor was 58 years old, a professed friar for 35 years and a priest for 32 years.