Province Extends Sympathy to Families of Deceased

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The Province is mourning the deaths of relatives and friends of several friars. William Grothaus, 73, a former friar and member of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford, Conn., died Nov. 20. Martha Conway, 96, mother of Thomas Conway, OFM, of Boston, died Nov. 21 in Gwynedd, Pa. Michael Sullivan, 85, uncle of Jud Weiksnar, OFM, of Buffalo, N.Y., died …

Funeral Services Held for Joel Munzing

Carolyn Croke and Maria Hayes Friar News

RINGWOOD, N.J. — Joel Munzing, OFM, 94, a professed Franciscan friar for 73 years and a priest for 67, died Thursday, Nov. 13 at Holy Name Friary. A wake service was held there Nov. 14. The following day, a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM, at St. Anthony Church in Butler, N.J. Burial followed …

Province Extends Sympathy to Families of Deceased

HNP Communications Around the Province

The Province is mourning the deaths of relatives and friends of several friars. Patrick Hall, a former formation student, died Nov. 4. William Heaney, 51, a former formation student, died Nov. 9. Alan Watson, uncle of Raymond Selker, OFM, of Boston, died Nov. 10 in Newport News, Va. Mary Hendel, 91, grandmother of Casey Cole, OFM, of Silver Spring, Md., …

Province Extends Sympathy to Family of Deceased

Maria Hayes Around the Province

The Province is mourning the death of a friar’s grandmother. Wilhemina Chamberland, grandmother of Ross Chamberland, OFM, of Allegany, N.Y., died Oct. 23. Editor’s note: Contact information for survivors of the deceased can be obtained by calling the Provincial Office at 646-473-0265.

Funeral Services Held for Hugh Eller

Carolyn Croke and Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

RINGWOOD, N.J. — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 24 at Holy Name Friary for Hugh Eller, OFM, who died there on Oct. 21. Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM, presided and gave the homily. Burial followed at Mount Calvary Cemetery in nearby Butler. Hugh, 88, was a Franciscan for 66 years and a priest for 61. Early Years Hugh …

Hugh Eller Dies

Maria Hayes Friar News

RINGWOOD, N.J. — Hugh Eller, OFM, 88, a Franciscan friar for 66 years and a priest for 61, died Oct. 21 at Holy Name Friary. A wake is scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 at Holy Name Friary. A wake service will follow at 4:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, …

Province Extends Sympathy to Family of Deceased

Maria Hayes Around the Province

The Province is mourning the death of several friends and relatives. McLester (Lester) McDowell, 85, a member of St. Mary of the Angels Church in Anderson, S.C., and longtime friend of the friars, died on Monday. A wake will be held at St. Mary’s from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. A Mass of Christian Burial will …

Deaths in Franciscan Communities

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During recent weeks, several Franciscans have passed to eternal life. Immaculene Fook-Kong, OSF, 89, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y., died on Sept. 17 at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in Allegany. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 22 at the motherhouse. Sr. Mary Cecilia Keyser, OSC, 70, of the Monastery of St. Clare in Wappinger Falls, N.Y., …

Province Extends Sympathy to Family of Deceased

HNP Communications Around the Province

The Province is mourning the death of a friar’s brother. Fr. Robert Greco, O. Carm., brother of Evan Greco, OFM, of Butler, N.J., died Sept. 30. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 3 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Middletown, N.Y. Editor’s note: Contact information for survivors of the deceased can be obtained by calling …

Province Extends Sympathy to Family of Deceased

HNP Communications Around the Province

The Province is mourning the death of a former friar. Fr. William (Declan) O’Rourke died Sept. 12. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 17 at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Franklin Square, N.Y. Editor’s note: Contact information for survivors of the deceased can be obtained by calling the Provincial Office at 646-473-0265.

Deaths in Franciscan Communities

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

During recent weeks, several Franciscans have passed to eternal life. Fr. Gary Bernhardt, OFM, 56, of Sacred Heart Province died Aug. 26, in St. Louis. He was director of Franciscan Charities and of his province’s development office, according to the obituary in the Sept. 2 issue of Around the Province. Fr. John Robert Scarangello, OFM, 59, of Immaculate Conception Province, …

Michael Putich Dies in Hometown

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Michael Putich, OFM, 71, a professed Franciscan friar for 51 years and a priest for 46, died Sept. 16 at Roswell Park Cancer Center. A wake will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 at Pietszak Funeral Home in Cheektowaga, N.Y., and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at St. …