Obituaries for November
Father David E. Brinkmoeller
Father Brinkmoeller died on Sept. 27, 2019. He was born on July 18, 1945, in Cincinnati, OH. He did his preparatory studies at St. Gregory Seminary and studied theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Norwood, OH. He was ordained on May 29, 1971 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati by Archbishop Paul F. Leibold.
Father Brinkmoeller received his first assignment on June 17, 1971, as Associate at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, Bridgetown (Cincinnati). On July 1, 2008, he was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton while continuing as Pastor of St. Helen Parish. Father Brinkmoeller retired from active ministry on June 30, 2016. His Mass of Christian Burial was held on Oct. 5 at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Dayton.
Sister John Miriam Jones, SC
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati John Miriam Jones died Nov. 3, 2019, at the age of 95. She was a Sister of Charity for 76 years.
Sister John Miriam’s ministries span more than 50 years in education as teacher, principal and administrator. In her early years she taught in Chicago, IL, Cincinnati, OH, and Albuquerque, NM, as well as Pueblo, Denver and Trinidad in Colorado.
Father Hilarion Kistner, OFM
Franciscan Father Hilarion Kistner, OFM, whose preaching touched many and whose editorial work inspired thousands, died Sept. 21 at St. Margaret Hall in Cincinnati. He was 90-years-old.
A native Cincinnatian, he was retreat director and a popular preacher at Friarhurst Retreat Center for 17 years, beginning in 1985. In 2002 he became editor of Sunday Homily Helps for St. Anthony Messenger Press (now Franciscan Media), for 12 years producing a practical, widely used resource for fellow preachers.
For most of his retirement, Father Hilarion lived at St. Francis Seraph Friary in Over-the-Rhine and assisted at parishes in Greater Cincinnati. He was especially faithful to St. Stephen Parish, where he was known for his down-to-earth preaching and his gentle pastoral care.
Sister Cheryl Ann Grenier, SC
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Cheryl Ann Grenier died Oct. 13, 2019, at the age of 72.
Her ministries as a Sister of Charity spanned 40 years and included service in the preschool and primary grade classroom, music education, children’s sacramental preparation, pastoral ministry and parish music. She planted the joy of music in many children’s hearts over the years.
Sister Alma Grollig, SNDdeN
Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Alma Grollig died Oct. 20, 2019 in Cincinnati, OH, at the age of 87. A native of Cincinnati, she was in her sixty-eighth year of religious life.
Sister Alma taught grades three through eight in various parish schools in the Cincinnati area, then went on to teach English at Julienne, Badin, Chaminade Julienne, St. Joseph Maternity and Mt. Notre Dame High Schools. She also taught journalism classes, overseeing the production of yearbooks and school newspapers. After teaching for nearly 40 years and feeling called to work in a ministry more directly serving the poor, Sister Alma served for several years as co-director of the Cincinnati site of Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps.
Sister Loretta Saupe, SCfriarhseraph
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Loretta Saupe died Oct. 29, 2019, at the age of 91. She was a Sister of Charity for 72 years. Sister Loretta’s more than 50 years of active ministry included 16 years as a high school science teacher, mainly chemistry, and 25 years as an elementary principal and junior high educator; the schools were located in the dioceses of Detroit and Lansing, MI, Chicago, IL, and Toledo and Cincinnati in Ohio.