Obituaries for January
Father Richard Kreimer
A Mass of Christian Burial for Glenmary Father Richard Kreimer was celebrated Dec. 20 at St. Matthias Church. Father Kreimer, 80, died Dec. 15. He was a member of the Glenmary Home Missioners for 60 years.
A Cincinnati native, Father Kreimer joined Glenmary in 1955. For the first 10 years of his service, Father Kreimer manned the kitchens in the novitiate house in Aurora, Ind., and Glenmary’s lodge in Buck Creek, NC. After studying nutrition at Good Samaritan Hospital, Father Kreimer began running the Glenmary kitchen, where he served as kitchen manager for three years. On May 19, 1979, he was ordained a Glenmary priest and began his assignment as an associate pastor in Jefferson, NC., followed by stints as the associate director of the Mission Office in Cincinnati and a pastoral assignment in West Union, Ohio.
Father Kreimer is survived by his sisters, Lois Nickels, Karen Menkhaus, Linda Stoffran, Mary Kay Espelage and Diane Meyer, and brothers, Lawrence, Leroy and David.
Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Deacon Raymond Grismer
A Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon Raymond Grismer was celebrated Dec. 29 at Good Shepherd Church. Deacon Grismer, 94, died Dec. 25.
Deacon Grismer was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains on Sept. 26, 1998. Deacon Grismer served most recently at St. Bernard Parish in Spring Grove and Mother of Christ Parish in Winton Terrace from 2004 to 2008. He also served at Good Shepherd Parish from 1998 to 2004.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, and children, Kathy, Bryan and Beth. Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Sister Cecilia Huber
Two separate Memorial Masses for Ursuline Sister Cecilia Huber were celebrated: the first at Ursuline Academy Jan. 13, and the second at Sacred Heart Chapel in St. Martin, Ohio, Jan. 20. Sister Cecilia, 86, died Dec. 30 at Mount Notre Dame Health Center. She was a member of the Brown County Ursulines for 67 years.
A native of Mercy County, Ohio, Sr. Cecilia taught at the School of the Brown County Ursulines, Ursuline Academy, Chatfield College, did pastoral work in the diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, and served in congregational leadership. She also wrote two books that were memoirs of her time in Alaska and her life as an Ursuline of Brown County. In addition, she wrote a book on the life of Madame Olga Conus, her teacher and world renowned piano instructor.
Sister Nancy McMullen
A Memorial Mass for Precious Blood Sister Nancy McMullen was celebrated Jan. 5 at the Salem Heights Chapel. Sister Nancy, 78, died Dec. 24. She had been a Sister of the Precious Blood for 60 years.
A native of Bellefontaine, Sister Nancy, taught at schools in Indiana, Arizona, Ohio, Missouri and Virginia. She was director of religious education in Cincinnati for four years before earning a master’s degree in theology in 1982, after which she taught high school religion. She then served the sisters as a congregational councilor for four years, and as lay pastoral ministry coordinator for the next 20 years. She went on to serve six years as council secretary until her death.
Sister Nancy is survived by her sisters, Ruth Borchers and Sandy Carter, and her brothers, Jack, Tom, Joe, Bob, Paul, Carl, Pat, Fred and Tim McMullen.
Sister Gladys Marie Lowe
A Memorial Mass for Precious Blood Sister Gladys Marie Lowe was held at Salem Heights Chapel on Jan. 10. Sister Gladys Marie, 103, died Jan. 5.
She had been a sister of the Precious Blood for 87 years.
A Dayton native, she served at the St. Joseph Children’s Home as housekeeper for five years, and later returned to serve another 14 years. For five years, she ministered at seminaries in Denver and San Diego. Sister Gladys Marie then began 23 years of ministering in child care at San Luis Rey and Oceanside, Calif. She also worked with St. Vincent de Paul, working with the poor. She retired to Salem Heights in 1994.
Sister Marian Oldiges
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Mercy Marian Oldiges was celebrated Jan. 11 at McAuley convent. Sister Marian, 87, died Jan 6.
A Cincinnati native, Sister Marian entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1951. She served in educational ministry in the archdiocese at St. Teresa of Avila, St. Stephen, St. Mary and St. Boniface in Piqua, Queen of Martyrs in Dayton and St. Patrick in London. Sister Marian ended her teaching ministry at Holy Family in Price Hill after 19 years. She went on to become the activity director at Western Hills Retirement Center and was active in volunteer ministry.
Sister Marian is survived by her sisters, Betty Wahl, Margie Dirr, Irene Gray, Jennifer Stulz and her brother, Ted. Interment was in St. Joseph (New) Cemetery.
Father Donald McCarthy
A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Donald McCarthy was celebrated Jan. 11 at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr presided.
Father McCarthy, 88, died Jan. 5.
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 on Aug. 22, 1954, Archbishop Karl J. Alter.
Father McCarthy received his first assignment on June 16, 1955, as assistant at St. William Parish and to teach at Elder High School. On June 14, 1957, he was appointed assistant pro tem at St. Jerome, California (Cincinnati).
On Aug. 19, 1960, he was appointed to the faculty of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary to teach philosophy, as well as a chaplain of the Newman Club at the University of Cincinnati.
On Sept. 6, 1961, he was appointed to help on weekends and holy days at St. Mary Parish, Oxford.
On March 13, 1970, he was appointed archdiocesan director of campus ministry.
In June 1972, he went on sabbatical to pursue studies in moral theology.
On Oct. 23, 1973, he was appointed pro-synodal judge in the Tribunal of the archdiocese.
In August 1979, he was appointed director of education at Pope John XXIII Medical Moral Research Center, St. Louis, while continuing as part-time visiting professor at the seminary.
On Aug. 1, 1981, he was appointed associate ad cautelam at St. Cecilia Parish.
Father McCarthy was appointed pastor of St. Antoninus Parish on Sept. 4, 1984. He was appointed dean of the St. Lawrence Deanery, effective Jan. 1, 1987 – Dec. 31, 1990, then reappointed for a second term ending Dec. 31, 1994. He was appointed to the College of Consultors of the archdiocese on Dec. 29, 1986, and served several terms.
Father McCarthy retired from active ministry on July 1, 2003. After his retirement he held the following appointments: temporary parochial administrator; St. Bernard Parish, Taylor Creek; St. Aloysius-on-the-Ohio Parish, and St. Ignatius Loyola Parish
Interment was in St. Mary Cemetery.