Obituaries: April 2017
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Rose Martin Morand was celebrated March 27 in the motherhouse chapel. Sister Rose Martin, 80, died March 18. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati 62 years.
A native of Cincinnati, Sister Rose Martin served in a variety of ministries over the years. In the archdiocese, she ministered at Holy Family and St. Boniface schools in Cincinnati. She then transitioned into social work, serving at St. Joseph Home, St. Joseph Villa and St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home. Sister Rose Martin later served as director of human services and vice president of professional services at Maria Joseph in Dayton, and as mission coordinator at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield.
Interment was in the Sisters of Charity Cemetery.
Brother Bob Hoffman
A Mass of Christian Burial for Glenmary Brother Bob Hoffman was celebrated March 23 at St. John Neumann Church in Cincinnati. Brother Bob, 89, died March 17. He was a Glenmary Home Missioner for 64 years.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Brother Bob was a member of the Brothers Building Crew, helping to build and renovate churches, rectories, medical clinics and schools, and worked with the Peoples Self-Help Housing Project in Vanceburg, KY. He also worked in vocations ministry for 12 years and served as a driver for Father William Howard Bishop, who founded the Glenmary Home Missioners. He remained active in mission service throughout his ministry, including traveling to Kenya for three weeks each year to assist communities there. One village named its parish church St. Robert in his honor.
Father Robert Stricker
A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Robert Stricker was celebrated March 27 at St. Boniface Church in Cincinnati. Bishop Joseph R. Binzer presided. Father Stricker, 93, died March 23.
A Cincinnati native, he did his preparatory studies at St. Gregory Seminary and studied theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. He was ordained by Bishop George J. Rehring at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Norwood on Aug. 24, 1948, and then sent to the Angelicum in Rome for studies in Theology.
After returning to Cincinnati, Father Stricker was assigned on Aug. 28, 1950, as assistant at St. William Church, Price Hill, and teacher at Elder High School. He was relieved of those duties on June 3, 1955, to study Library Science at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was appointed librarian with residence at St. Gregory Seminary on June 2, 1956, and four years later, was named to Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and librarian of the Athenaeum of Ohio. Father Stricker was appointed archivist of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on Sept. 8, 1964.
He was appointed pro-synodal judge on Jan. 17, 1969, and judge of the Tribunal on Oct. 23, 1971. On June 19, 1974, he was appointed assistant at St. James the Greater Parish, White Oak, and co-pastor. Father Stricker was appointed pastor of St. Boniface Parish, Cincinnati, on Sept. 13, 1977, and associate of the same parish on January 1, 1992. He retired on June 1, 1993.
Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Montgomery.
Sister Rosemary Clare Eagan
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Rosemary Clare Eagen was celebrated March 31 in the motherhouse chapel. Sister Rosemary, 88, died March 24. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 70 years.
A native of Cincinnati, Sister Rosemary’s ministry in education and social work spanned more than 50 years. In the archdiocese, she taught at St. Bernadette School in Amelia. Sister Rosemary also ministered for 15 years at Santa Maria Community Services in Lower Price Hill. She later served with Eldermont Adult Day Care Program at Mount St. Joseph, and in resident services at Mother Margaret Hall, her community’s nursing facility.
Sister Rosemary is survived by her sister, Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Michael Mary Eagan. Interment was in the Sisters of Charity cemetery.
Father Sergio Contran
Comboni Father Sergio Contran, 91, died in Verona, Italy, March 25.
A native of northern Italy, he studied theology in Rome where he obtained a licentiate in theology. and was ordained to the priesthood in 1950. His superior assigned him to the Combonis North American province in 1957. Father Contron served promoting the missionary cause in Michigan, southern California, and Cincinnati. He was also very active in pastoral ministry in parishes run by the Comboni Missionaries in minority neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Cincinnati. Father Contran also served as provincial superior and treasure of the province, and later returned to mission promotion and pastoral work.
He is survived by his brother, Father Nazzareno (Neno) Contran, also a Comboni Missionary.
Father Christopher Conlon
A Mass of Christian Burial for Marianist Father Christopher Conlon was celebrated April 3 in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Assumption at Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY.
Father Conlon, 81, died March 26. He had been a member of the Society of Mary for 62 years.
A native of New York, NY, Father Conlon entered the Marianist novitiate and professed first vows in 1954. He attended the University of Dayton, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1957. He professed perpetual vows in 1958. He taught at Cathedral Latin School in Cleveland for several years before entering the Marianist seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland, where he was ordained in 1966. At UD, he taught theology, served as director of campus ministry for 10 years, and later served as chaplain to the school of business administration and the school of engineering.
Father Conlon is survived by his sisters, Nancy Delnicki and Carolyn Fritz. Interment was in the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury, NY.
Father Michael Seger
A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Michael Seger was celebrated April 17 at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Price Hill. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr presided. Father Seger, 66, died April 8.
Father Seger earned a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in divinity from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, Cincinnati. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk on June 4, 1988. at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.
Father Seger received his first assignment on July 5, 1988, as associate pastor at St. Catharine of Siena Parish, Westwood. On May 31, 1990, he was assigned to graduate studies at Louvain University, Belgium. Father Seger was appointed to the faculty of the Athenaeum of Ohio/ Mount St. Mary’s Seminary effective Sept. 9, 1996. While teaching at Athenaeum, he was assigned to assist with Sunday/weekend help at various parishes. He was appointed parochial vicar of Saint Teresa of Avila Parish on July 1, 2015. On Aug. 4, 2015, Father Seger was appointed censor of books for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He retired on June 30, 2016.
Father Seger is survived by his sisters, Mary Holland and Connie Huhn, and brothers, Scott, Terry and Kevin. Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.