Fr. Paul White, C.PP.S.

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Fr. Paul White, C.PP.S., 87, died this morning March 3rd at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio. Fr. White made his home for many years at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind., where he was a professor emeritus of economics. He moved to St. Charles recently to recover from surgery.
Fr. White was born April 16, 1926, in Glandorf, Ohio, to Charles and Mary (Brinkel) White. He entered the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in 1944 and was ordained on June 4, 1953.
Fr. White spent his life as a priest in education ministry. After his ordination he was assigned to Saint Joseph's College, which is sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. There, he became a professor of economics and held many positions at the college, including business manager and executive vice president. He also served in the leadership of the Congregation.
Beginning in 1991, Fr. White was also parish administrator to St. Francis Solano Church in Francesville, Ind., and St. Henry Church in Medaryville, Ind. He retired from parish ministry in 2013, the same year that he celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Survivors include his sister, Rose Williams, Ottawa, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Grace White, Dayton; and a brother-in-law, Robert Geier, Delphos, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews, great- and great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph; and three sisters, Jane Weber and her husband, Ray; Claire Geier and Rita White.
Fr. White was devoted to Saint Joseph's College and his ministry in education. "He had a genuine concern for the students with whom he interacted," said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., who was Fr. White's colleague at the college.
Cheerful, outgoing and kind, Fr. White similarly took the people of the two parishes to heart when he was assigned to minister to them—and they returned the favor. "He served the parishes with joy and love," Fr. Kirch said. When Fr. White could no longer drive, people from the parishes made sure that someone transported Fr. White from his home on campus to the parishes to celebrate Mass with them.
Fr. White died a day after Fr. William Kramer, C.PP.S., a fellow Missionary who also ministered at Saint Joseph's College for many years. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for Fr. White and for Fr. Kramer on Thursday, March 6 at 2 p.m. at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio, with Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., presiding. Fr. Ralph Verdi, C.PP.S., will serve as homilist. Burial will follow in the Community cemetery.
Calling hours at St. Charles will be held on Wednesday, March 5, from 1-5 and 7-9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
Arrangements were handled by Hogenkamp Funeral Home-St. Henry.