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KOHMESCHER Rev. Matthew, SM, 85 of Dayton, OH, died May 5, 2007 at Mercy Siena Woods. Born October 1, 1921 in Cincinnati, OH, son of the late Louis and Theresa (Enneking) Kohmesch-er. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Loretta Kaelin and Betty Wehrman and his brother David Kohmescher. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Walsh of Cincinnati, OH, his brother Norman Kohmescher of Grand Rapids, MI and several nieces and nephews. Matthew entered the Society of Mary and professed first vows on August 14, 1938, perpetual vows on August 15, 1943, and was ordained to the priesthood on July 18, 1948. Secondary education at Mount St. John, Dayton, OH; graduated from the University of Dayton in 1942; completed his Theological studies at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland in 1950 with a Doctor of Sacred Theology. He also received a Master of Arts in Education from Western University in Cleveland, OH in 1956. Fr. Matt taught at North Catholic high school in Pittsburgh, PA, Chaminade high school in Mineola, NY, Chaminade high school in Dayton, OH and St. Joseph high school in Cleveland, OH. Fr. Matt was Master of Scholastics at Mt. St. John from 1954 to 1959. Beginning in 1959 Father Matt spent over five decades on the faculty at the University of Dayton. During those years he was an Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences for a short period and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies for over two decades. He was named Distinguished Service Professor in 1990. Even after retirement he continued to serve in campus ministry and admissions at U.D., as well as in youth retreats at Bergamo and parishes in the Dayton area. In 2007 he came to Mercy Siena due to illness. Visitation will take place at Immaculate Conception chapel, University of Dayton between 6:30 and 7:30 pm on Friday, May 11, 2007. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Chapel at 7:30 pm. Burial will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 9 am at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Mt. St. John. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Theresa Enneking Kohmescher Scholarship Fund at the University of Dayton. Arrangements by Bradford-Connelly & Glickler Funeral Home.

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Published in Cincinnati Enquirer on May 10, 2007.