Fr. Charlie Kunkel, osc, dies in Minnesota


 Fr. Charles William Kunkel, osc, was born Nov. 16, 1940, to Vincent and Leona (Potthoff) in Pearl Lake, Minnesota. He died Oct. 12, 2014, in Onamia, Minnesota.

He attended the Crosier Seminary in Onamia from 1954 until 1960. He joined the Crosiers as a novice and was vested in the Crosier habit on Aug. 27, 1960, in Hastings, Nebraska. Fr. Charlie made his first profession of vows there on Aug. 28, 1961. He earned his bachelor's degree at St. Francis College and his theology degree from the Crosier House of Studies, both in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was ordained a Crosier priest on June 3, 1967, in Fort Wayne.
Fr. Charlie's ministry assignments included service on the faculty of the Crosiers' Wawasee Preparatory School in Indiana; leadership as prior in the Crosier communities of Fort Wayne, Phoenix and Hastings; and service as pastor at St. Odilia Church in Shoreview and St. Mary's Church in Milaca. His last assignment was as novice director for the Crosiers until cancer made this impossible this past July.
Services will be held at the Crosier Priory Church in Onamia on Thursday, Oct. 16. The Reception of the Body and the Office of the Dead, by the priory community, will be at 8:00 a.m. A public Vigil will be held in the church from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. with the Funeral Mass to begin at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow immediately with a later private burial at the Crosier cemetery. 
Fr. Charlie is survived by three sisters, seven brothers and their extended families, and his Crosier confreres. Memorials are preferred to the Fr. Charles Kunkel, osc, Vocation and Formation Scholarship Fund, c/o The Crosier Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 500, Onamia, MN, 56359-0500.

The Homily from Fr. Charlie's funeral Mass, is available here.