January 6, 2015
320 W. Mansfield Street New Washington OH 44854 1/9/2015 12:00:00
320 W. Mansfield Street New Washington OH 44854 1/9/2015 15:00:00
Father Jerome G. Niedermier, a priest in the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, age 88, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at the Ursuline Center in Toledo, Ohio.
He was born on February 28, 1926 in New Washington, Ohio to the late Roma and Isabel (Kichline) Niedermier.
After attending grade school, Father Sossong of St. Bernard Parish helped him enroll in seminary and he studied at St. Fidelis Seminary in Butler, PA, and then at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, IN.
On May 31, 1952 he was ordained a priest at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, Toledo, by Bishop George J. Rehring. His first assignment was as Associate Pastor with Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Toledo from 1952 to 1957 then transferred to Saint Joseph Parish in Galion for six months. He then served as Associate Pastor for ten years at Saint Francis de Sales Parish in Toledo and in 1967 served at Saint Ann Parish in Fremont for less than a year. He was the Pastor for Saint Mary Parish in Antwerp and Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Hicksville from 1968 to 1976, then serving from 1976 to 1980 at Saint Mary Parish in Edgerton, transferring to Saint Joseph Parish in Crestline for two years. His last assignment was with Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Shelby Settlement from 1989 to 1992.
Father Jerome had purchased a retirement cottage in Michigan and was called to assist with Saint Joseph Parish in Alger, Michigan until his health began to fail.
He is survived by a brother, Tom Niedermier of New Washington, and four sisters, Margaret Heydinger of New Washington; Annabel Kehres of New Washington; Gertrude Striker of Media; and Cathleen Slayton of Bucyrus; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary Kraft; and a brother, Joseph Niedermier.
The Reception of the Body will take place at Twelve Noon followed by visitation until 3:00 PM on Friday, January 9, 2015 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 320 W. Mansfield Street in New Washington, Ohio 44890. The Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 3:00 PM on Friday by Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of Toledo at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery in New Washington. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Bernard Catholic Church or to the Ursuline Center in Toledo. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
My sincerest condolences to the family of Father Jerry. I took care of him and assisted him in his final days as priest at our church, St. Joseph in Alger, MI. He was always kind and gentle. His sense of humor always amazed me, he had wonderful insight to a vast amount of ideas that I would “bore” him with, while driving him around. It was my pleasure to have known him and able to serve him. I will treasure my memories of him for the rest of my days.
Family of Fr. Niedermier:
You have my prayerful sympathy of the death of your brother. In my five retirement years many times a year I stopped for a brief visit with him at the Ursuline Center; he always was a gentle, kind man.
I had mapped out my route from Sylvania Township and packed my vestments to come to his funeral today.Because of the road conditions I was afraid to drive down. I regret missing Jerry’s funeral; he deserved my respects. Sincerely, (Fr.) Tony Gallagher, Toledo
Dear Tom, Annabelle, Margaret and all family: You are in our thoughts and prayers. Larry and Mary Kimmel