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Obituaries for December 2019

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Father Robert Kunisch, CPPS
Father Robert Kunisch, CPPS, died on Dec. 8, in the infirmary of St. Charles Center in Carthagena. He was 89.

Father Kunisch was born in Toledo on Aug. 19, 1930. He entered the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in 1944 in Brunnerdale, a high school seminary near Canton, and was ordained on June 2, 1956.

After his ordination, he served briefly in parish ministry in Detroit, MI, before he was assigned to St. Charles Seminary in Carthagena in 1960. In 1974, he was appointed Provincial Secretary.

Father Kunisch served at Calumet College of St. Joseph from 1975-81. He then became the pastor of St. Aloysius Church in Carthagena as well as the business manager of Messenger Press in Carthagena, which, at the time, was owned by the Missionaries. In 1985, he was named pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Montezuma.

Father Kunisch became the director of the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue in 1992. He retired from that position in 2000, but continued to minister at the shrine. In 2012, he retired to St. Charles Center, where he helped with parish ministry in the area as long as he was able.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec.13 at the St. Charles Center in Carthagena.

Sister Rosemarie Pohlman, SNDdeN
Sister Rosemarie Pohlman died Nov. 21 in Cincinnati, at the age of 67. A native of Covington, KY, she was in her 43rd year of religious life.

In 1974, Sister Rosemarie entered with the Sisters of Notre Dame in Covington, KY, with a dreamof classroom ministry. Because of hearing impairment, she instead ministered in the sewing room and took care of housekeeping duties for nearly 20 years.

In 1993, after receiving a Master of Arts in Deaf Education, Sister Rosemarie received permission to teach hearing-impaired children.

In 2001, she entered with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, continuing the spirituality and work of St. Julie Billiart that she had begun with the Notre Dame community in Covington.

For the next 12 years, Sister Rosemarie continued teaching full-time.

Sister Mary Irene Spraley SNDdeN
Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Mary Irene Spraley died Nov. 13 in Cincinnati at the age of 94. A native of Dayton, she recently celebrated her 75th year of religious life.

Sister Mary Irene began her 51-year career in education teaching first graders at St. Peter Canisius Parish School in Chicago, IL. In Cincinnati and Dayton, Sister Mary Irene taught first, second, seventh and eighth grades. Her practicality and organizational skills led to her serving as principal at several Ohio schools including St. James and Our Lady of the Rosary in Dayton, and St. Paul in Westerville.

After retiring from formal education, Sister Mary Irene provided clerical support at Mount Notre Dame Health Center in Cincinnati. She was also was a great asset to the Mount Notre Dame High School Adopt-a-Sister program.

Sister Patricia Will, CPPS
A memorial Mass for Precious Blood Sister Patricia was  held at the Salem Heights chapel in Dayton,  Sister died at the Maria Joseph Center in Dayton. Sister Pat, 81, had been a Sister of the Precious Blood for 64 years.

Sister Pat was active in many ministries. She was a teacher, principal and organist in parish schools in Manteca, CA,, and Miamisburg and Botkins, OH. She then ministered in retreat work at the Maria Stein Retreat Center and later served as musician, liturgist and pastoral associate in Dayton.

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