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Ralph Joseph Stanwise

Peoria, Illinois

Aug 12, 1943 – Oct 22, 2017 (Age 74)

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Dear Lynda,

I just learned of Ralph''s passing in THE MISSIONER, Nashotah's monthly publication. I knew Ralph when we were both at the University of Wisconsin. I was living at St Francis' House and I remember seeing Ralph at The House. I remember Ralph as friendly and intellectual. I think I thought: "He'll make a good priest." From what I read here, he was a good priest. I remember Ralph fondly, and hope you are bourne up by the Holy Spirit in this sad time for...

Ralph was a good friend at Nashotah House and, happily, was able to participate in the ordination Mass when I was priested in 1970. We were in touch only a few times after that. He was rector at one point of the parish in Ogdensburg, NY where just a few years before I had been supply priest often and interim organist and choir director. I knew him as a good man and am pleased to read the appreciations of his pastoral work and good sense. My entire sympathy with his family. Dennis Wienk,...

Fr. Stanwise was my seminary roommate. We went through Nashotah House together and I visited him in Long Island after our ordinations. One year after ordination we took our long planned vacation to Europe. I shall always remember that time. Ralph was a loving and wonderful person and a faithful priest. May the angels lead him into paradise.

Good "old school" pastor. But that's ok--parts of me are definitely old school too. Delivered some good, well thought-out sermons. But what I will remember the most is how on a number of occasions he related to me how he appreciated the work I did at St. Paul's, Peoria. And that's what it's all about, for those of us who are on the support staff...whether it's the secretary, the organist, the sexton. We want to feel appreciated for the work we do and the contributions we make in the...

We are so sorry for the loss of Father Stanwise from earthly life. He made the world a better place for so many, and truly did the Lord's work. Peace be with you, Lynda and Elizabeth.

Alan and Gwenne Henricks

I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" (Isaiah 61:1, 2) sustain your family during this challenging time. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Fr. Stanwise's sage advice and "wicked humor" were an important part of my discernment process, and his teaching in the School for Ministry an important part of my diaconal formation. A real gentleman and scholar, a true servant of the Lord and an all-around delightful man.

Lynda & Beth,

Tammy and I send our prayers for Fr. Ralph and both of you. May he rest in peace with our Lord. May you both experience the love and peace that only Christ can provide at this time of loss.

In Christ,
Your Friends, The Rev. Art and Tammy Garno
Waddington NY formerly Ogdensburg NY

Father Stanwise was well respected and much loved during his years in the Diocese of Albany. We were neighbors as priests and continued as friends in succeeding years. Fr Ralph was a devoted pastor; he loved his people.
+ Dan Herzog
Bishop of Albany VIII


Ralph's Obituaries

PEORIA – The Rev. Canon Ralph Joseph Stanwise died Sunday, October 22 at the age of 74.

Ralph was born in Brooklyn, NY, on August 12, 1943, to Ralph John and Dorothy Mae (Stecklein) Stanwise. He graduated from Brooklyn Tech H.S. and then received his B.A. from the Univ. of...

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