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Father Frank Schenk

A Mass of Christian Burial for Glenmary Father Francis Joseph Schenk was celebrated April 19 at St. Matthias Church in Cincinnati. Father Schenk, 102, died April 11. He was a Glenmary Home Missioner for 66 years.

A native of Mt. Vernon, Ind., Father Schenk entered Glenmary’s formation program in 1948. He made his first oath with Glenmary in 1951 and was ordained a priest in 1955. He attended St. Martin’s College in Olympia, Wash., and St. Gregory and Mount St. Mary’s seminaries in Cincinnati. He also studied Spanish in Cincinnati and Cuernavaca, Mexico.

After his ordination in 1955, Father Frank began serving in Sylva, Spruce Pine and North Wilkesboro, N.C. He also ministered in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Georgia and Arkansas. One of the first Glenmarians to study Spanish, Father Schenk started a Spanish Mass in all of his missions and provided outreach to migrant workers who needed help with transportation, translating services, food or work. On two occasions, Father Frank worked in Colombia as a pastor and a scout for potential Glenmary missions in South America. He accepted Glenmary senior membership at the age of 90.

Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Sister Jane Vogt

A Memorial Mass for Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Jane Vogt was celebrated April 13 in the motherhouse chapel.

Sister Jane, 95, died April 6. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 77 years.

A native of Cincinnati, Sister Jane served at St. Boniface, St. Dominic and St. Lawrence in Cincinnati, and St. Joseph in Springfield. She went on to do mission work in Peru, teaching and preparing other educators for classroom work. Sister Jane later served as an outreach worker in the pastoral care department at a hospital in Santa Fe, N.M. In addition, she ministered as the activities director at Mother Margaret Hall, as a missionary in Mexico, and as transportation coordinator at her community’s motherhouse.

Interment was in the Sisters of Charity Cemetery.

Sister Linda Chavez

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Charity of Charity of Cincinnati Linda Chavez was celebrated April 27 in the motherhouse chapel. Sister Linda, 91, died April 19. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 70 years.

A native of San Ysidro, N.M., Sister Linda began her educational ministry teaching seventh grade at Corpus Christi in Dayton. She then transitioned to secondary education and taught at Holy Trinity in Middletown; Catholic Central in Springfield; Seton High School in Cincinnati; and Bishop Fenwick in Middletown. She also taught in Michigan and New Mexico, and was named associate director for religious for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1970. She went on to become the first Hispanic Sister of Charity to be elected to congregational leadership. Following her retirement, she volunteered for many organizations in Albuquerque.

Sister Linda is survived by her sister, Priscilla Chavez. Interment was in the Sisters of Charity Cemetery.

Deacon John G. Parker

A Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon John G. Parker was celebrated May 3 at Mary Help of Christians Church in Fort Recovery. Deacon Parker, 82, died April 29.

A Cincinnati native, Deacon Parker was ordained as a permanent deacon on June 22, 1985. He was the first permanent deacon in Mercer County and enjoyed serving God’s people for over 30 years. He performed about 100 weddings and over 600 baptisms. He also served as the CCD coordinator for 17 years and taught religion classes at Mary Help of Christians and St. Bernard Catholic Church in Burkettsville.

Deacon Parker was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3324, Fort Recovery, where he served as their chaplain for a number of years. He was a member of the Deacons/Wives Support Group since 1985, and the Mercer County Retired Teachers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Jan, his children, Janet Rohrer, Jeanne Parker, Jennifer Schwieterman, and John C. Parker; and siblings, Barbara Cook, Sarah Neff and Stephen Parker. Interment was in St. Marys Cemetery, Fort Recovery.

Father Warren Zeisler

A Mass of Christian Burial for Franciscan Father Warren Zeisler was celebrated May 9 at St. Clement Church. Father Zeisler, 94, died May 4.

Father Zeisler’s lengthy service in ministry included teaching at St. Francis Seminary for 11 years, teaching and acting as disciplinarian at Roger Bacon High School for 14 years, and serving as chaplain at the VA Center for 24 years. He retired from the VA chaplaincy only to become chaplain for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for 18 years and served as guardian at Friarhurst for one year. He practiced an active retirement at St. John the Baptist Friary in Cincinnati until he moved to the Archbishop Leibold Home in 2017.

Interment was in the friars’ plot at St. Mary Cemetery in St. Bernard.

Sister Jeanine Marie Holthouse

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Jeanine Marie Holthouse was celebrated May 10 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the community’s motherhouse. Sister Jeanine Marie, 85, died May 2. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 63 years.

A native of New Madison, Ohio, Sister Jeanine Marie was an educator for 56 years, 41 of those in the classroom and 15 as a high school administrator. In the archdiocese, Sister Jeanine Marie began her educational ministry at Resurrection School in Cincinnati, followed by St. Brigid School in Xenia. She went on to serve at schools in Michigan, Colorado and Illinois. Sister Jeanine Marie returned to Cincinnati in 1982, where she ministered at Seton High School as a math teacher and assistant administrator. In 2000, she received the Knights of Columbus’ Religious Teacher of the Year Award from the Purcell Council for her dedicated service to Seton.

Interment was in the Sisters of Charity cemetery.

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