The Crosier Community mourns the loss of our confrere.
The eldest of eight children, Fr. Edward Vincent Greiwe, osc, was born April 1, 1937, in Muncie, Indiana, to Paul and Mary Thelma (Carter) Greiwe.
He died May 18, 2015, at the Mille Lacs Health System Hospital in Onamia, Minnesota, at the age of 78.
Fr. Ed enrolled in college at the Crosiers' Our Lady of the Lake Seminary in Syracuse, Indiana, in 1954. He became a novice in the Crosier Order in 1957 and professed his first vows Aug. 28, 1958, in Hastings, Nebraska. Fr. Ed was ordained a priest May 23, 1964, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
He was sent to the Asmat rainforests of Papua, Indonesia, in 1964 where he served in leadership positions, for the Crosiers and the new Diocese of Agats, until 1995. Fr. Ed loved the people of Asmat and his Crosier life in the missions for all of those years. His years since then were spent in development for the Crosiers and support for the community's life together in Shoreview, Anoka, and Onamia, Minnesota.
Fr. Ed is survived by three brothers: Ron (Danene) of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jim (Melanie) of Fishers, Indiana, and Tom (Bev) of Indianapolis, Indiana; four sisters: Marilyn Weaver, Rita Brocki, Jeanette (Jim) Carnes of Muncie, Indiana, and Joan (Roy) Patterson of Germantown, Tennessee; and his extended family, his Crosier confreres and the people of the Church of Asmat.
Funeral services for Fr. Ed will be held at the Crosier Priory Church in Onamia on Thursday, May 21, with the Reception of the Body and the Office for the Dead at 4 p.m. Vigil will be kept until the funeral Mass begins at 7 p.m. Hospitality will immediately follow the liturgy. A private burial at the Crosier cemetery will take place Friday.
Memorials are preferred to the Crosier Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 500, Onamia, MN, 56359-0500.