Brother Albin Kuzminski, C.S.C. Nov. 9, 1928 - July 6, 2014 NOTRE DAME - Brother Albin Martin Kuzminski, C.S.C., age 85, died on July 6, 2014 at Dujarie House, of Holy Cross Village, in Notre Dame, Indiana. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 9, 1928, the son of John and Anna (Jurecki) Kuzminski. He attended Saint Ann Grammar School in Chicago and then St. Ann High School where he graduated in 1947. He worked for two years at Continental National Bank and Trust and also took evening classes at Northwestern University in Chicago until 1949. In 1951, he joined the U.S. Army to serve for two years in the Signal Corps as a Radio Repairman. He was stationed in Pirmasens, Germany and rose to the rank of PFC before leaving the service in 1953. He worked again in Chicago and eventually followed a calling to the religious life in Holy Cross. In June 1954, he went to Sacred Heart Juniorate in Watertown, Wisconsin and two months later he entered St. Joseph's Novitiate in Rolling Prairie, Indiana on August 15, 1954. A year later he made his first profession of vows as a Brother of Holy Cross on August 16, 1955. That Fall he was sent to St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas where he completed his undergraduate degree, graduating in June 1957. His first assignment was to teach and be the steward and treasurer at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, where he served for four years. In 1961 he taught at Holy Cross High School in River Grove, Illinois and was the house treasurer. Two years later he moved to Holy Trinity High School to teach for a year in Chicago. In 1964 he joined the faculty at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron where he served as business teacher, treasurer and house steward for seven years. In 1971 he was assigned to the staff at Boysville of Michigan in Clinton, Michigan, where he faithfully served for a total of 36 years as a counselor, teacher and caregiver dedicated to the youth of the facility, which is now known as Holy Cross Children's Services. Albin retired from teaching in 2007 to assume the position as business manager and caretaker of St. Dominic Church in Clinton. In 2009, he moved to Columba Hall at Notre Dame where he served as the house accountant. Albin enjoyed playing a number of board games with students at Boysville. He always found time for a stimulating game (or games) of bridge. When he moved to Columba Hall, he maintained his enthusiasm for bridge and each evening he would be found around the card table with his favorite partners and opponents. Albin saved correspondence from his former students. A letter from a student in Akron mentioned that in 1964 Albin had influenced him to walk the "straight and narrow" and not be a drop-out. The former student was a successful college graduate with three sons, all college graduates. Another letter from a former student who was in a correctional facility in Michigan included many thankful comments for the advice and donations Albin had given him over the years. Albin's philosophy of life may be found in a comment he once wrote: "I'm an ex-soldier who has discovered meaning in my life and I like to share it with a person-oriented philosophy." There will be a viewing on Friday evening, July 11th, at Our Lady of Holy Cross Chapel at Dujarie House from 6:30 to 7:30pm with a prayer service following. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 12th, at St. Joseph Chapel of Holy Cross College, Notre Dame from 9:30 to 11:00am. The Mass of Resurrection will then follow with interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery of the Village. Kaniewski Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions, in honor of Brother Albin Kuzminski, C.S.C., to support the mission and ministries of the Brothers may be sent to: Brothers of Holy Cross, Office of Development, P.O. Box 460, Notre Dame, IN 46556.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 10, 2014