Brother Theo (Richard) Ballmann, O.F.M, 76, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at St. Mary's Home Felician Village, Manitowoc, Wis.|
Brother Theo was born to Joseph Ballmann and wife Hedwig, nee Feldmann, Jan. 24, 1936, in Dutzow. He attended St. Vincent de Paul School, Dutzow, and graduated from St. Francis Borgia High School in 1954.
Brother Theo served the Franciscan fraternity and the church well during his 60 years of active apostolic work. He served the community as a cook, tailor, sacristan and formation director.
Brother Theo served in Cleveland, Ohio; Sacred Heart Fraternity, Indianapolis, Ind.; and St. John the Baptist Friary, Joliet, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Hedwig Ballmann; brother, Roland Ballmann; and two sisters, Vernita Eichholz and Dorothy Schopp.
Brother Theo is survived by his Franciscan family and many nieces and nephews.
The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Joliet, Ill., Thursday, Dec. 20.
Any donations for the continued care of the Franciscan brothers and priests can be sent to Blessed Giles Friary, 1820 Grand Ave., Manitowoc, WI 54220.
Published in The Missourian on Dec. 19, 2012