Obituary: Fr. Timothy Bunch
Reverend Timothy S. Bunch died on Monday, June 14, 2021, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born on September 9, 1952, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from St. Gregory Seminary in 1975 and his M.Div. in Theology from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, Norwood, in 1979. He was ordained on June 16, 1979, at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral by Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin.
Father Bunch received his first assignment on July 6, 1979, as Associate at St. Therese, Little Flower Parish, Cincinnati. On July 16, 1982, he was appointed Associate at Holy Angels Parish, Dayton. On July 1, 1983, he was appointed Associate at St. Vivian Parish, Cincinnati, where he served until January 1987, when he was appointed Associate of St. Catharine Parish, Cincinnati. On April 4, 1988 Father Bunch was appointed Director of the Office of Priestly Formation and Assistant Director of the Office of Priests’ Personnel, while continuing his work at St. Catharine Parish. On August 4, 1988, he was appointed to be in-residence at St. James of the Valley Parish, Wyoming, while continuing as Director of the Office of Priestly Formation and Assistant Director of the Office of Priests’ Personnel. On January 10, 1989, he was appointed Chaplain at Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity, Cincinnati. During his years of ministry, Father Bunch served as Temporary Administrator of the following parishes: St. Andrew Parish, Milford (1991); St. Aloysius Parish, Shandon (2006); and Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Monroe (2009). He also served as Pastor of the following parishes: St. Michael Parish, Fort Loramie (1991-1999); St. Peter in Chains Parish, Hamilton (1999-2010); St. Saviour Parish, Sycamore Township [Cincinnati], (2010-2019); and St. John the Evangelist Parish, Deer Park (2016-2019). Father Bunch also served as Dean for the Hamilton Deanery, (2006-2010), Dean of the St. Andrew Deanery, (2011-2014), and was appointed as a member of the College of Consultors for five years (1995-2000). Father Bunch retired July 1, 2019.
Reception of the Body: Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Saviour Church, 4136 Myrtle Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236; (513-791-9004). Celebrant: Reverend Bernard J. Weldishofer; Homilist: Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer., Visitation: until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday morning, June 18, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, June 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Saviour Church. Celebrant: Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer. Homilist: Reverend James Korda.
Burial: Friday, June 18, 2021, immediately following the Mass of Christian Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 11000 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45249. Celebrant: Reverend Bernard J. Weldishofer.