Fr. Charles W. "Chuck" Niehaus S.J.
1945 - 2021
BORN
1945
DIED
2021
January 10, 2021, Age 75. A Jesuit for over 55 years. He was born on June 29, 1945 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the son of the late William J. and Elizabeth (nee Reifel) Niehaus. He is survived by a brother, William of Orlando, Florida and sisters Clarissa and Carol of Ohio and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He died at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

Chuck was ordained on December 21, 1974. After ordination, Fr. Chuck spent his life in pastoral ministry to the Latino community: at Holy Family Church (1976-1983); in the Quad Cities (1983-1989); as co-director of Hispanic ministry in the Diocese of Gary (1990-1992); at St. Ignatius Parish in Chicago (1992-1995); at St. Procopius Parish in Chicago/Pilsen (1995-2003 & 2012-2013); at St. Paul Church in Lexington (2004-2012); and at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati (2014-2015). In 2015, Fr. Chuck was missioned to care for his health at Colombiere Center.

Fr. Chuck spoke and worked in Spanish without ever having lived in a Spanish-speaking country. During formation, he participated in the "Horizons for Justice" program in which North American Jesuits spent some weeks in Latin America to directly experience situations of social injustice. Chuck's participation changed his life -- it was the reason he decided to learn Spanish and dedicate his apostolic life to the Hispanic apostolate.

Christ was the center of Chuck's life and the motivation for all his thoughts and actions. He saw Christ in the Hispanic people with whom he lived and worked. He was prayerful, generous, and devoted to his friends (i.e. everyone he met). Chuck loved his parishioners and could be obstinate when helping them; he would not "give up" until he had accomplished his goal. "Fr. Carlos" was much loved by the people of St. Procopius. They appreciated how hard he worked for them and easily saw how his love was expressed in his tireless work for them.

People felt privileged to have Chuck in their lives or to work alongside him as he was always loyal and dependable. Like the Holy Spirit, he was everywhere and everyone in the neighborhood knew him and were grateful for his companionship. He enjoyed presiding at summer street Masses, and loved organizing and leading processions through the streets.

A Funeral Mass and burial will be held privately at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, MI. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance at the Vigil and Funeral Mass is private and can only be attended by members of the Colombiere community. The Vigil will take place on Sunday, January 17 at 7 PM. The Funeral Mass will occur on Monday, January 18 at 10:45 AM. These events will be livestreamed on Youtube. Please type in "Colombiere Center Youtube" in the Youtube search field at the webpage, click on the Colombiere Sun Circle icon, the vigil and funeral mass will be shown on that webpage or you may go to the obituary at the funeral home website for a link.

Condolences may be sent to his brother William Niehaus, Jr, 8831 Oak Landings Court, Orlando FL 32836; sister Clarissa Osterwisch, 3194 Red Brick Ct, Maineville OH 40539; sister Carol Osterwisch, 3119 Bellewood, Cincinnati OH 45213.

Memorial gifts to support the Jesuits may be made to the USA Midwest Jesuits, 1010 N. Hooker St., Chicago, IL 60642. Visit jesuitsmidwest.org to make an online memorial gift. A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, (248) 362-2500.

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Published by A.J. Desmond & Sons on Jan. 17, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jan
17
Vigil
7:00p.m.
will be livestreamed on Youtube. Please type in "Colombiere Center Youtube" in the Youtube search field at the webpage, click on the Colombiere Sun Circle icon, the vigil and funeral mass will be shown on that webpage or you may go to the obituary at the funeral home website for a link.
Jan
18
Funeral Mass
10:45a.m.
will be livestreamed on Youtube. Please type in "Colombiere Center Youtube" in the Youtube search field at the webpage, click on the Colombiere Sun Circle icon, the vigil and funeral mass will be shown on that webpage or you may go to the obituary at the funeral home website for a link.
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My deepest sympathy to the Niehaus and Osterwisch families. We all loved Chuck. I remember calling him Charlie years ago. Then his name went to Chuck finally to Fr. Chuck.What a gift he was to everyone he met. Just like his beautiful vigil service. Fr. Bob amazingly played 5 verses of my favorite song,too Buz and I are blessed to have him officiate our wedding over 43 years ago. It was his first wedding. Of course I chose the Cathedral St.Peter's in Chains instead of Bellermine Chapel. He never got over that. Bill, Chris and Carol, I only have fond memories of you and your parents and Dorothy, and Aunt Tilly. You and your brother Chuck will be in my prayers. I will see the Mass tomorrow with all of you . All my best, Gayle and Buz Pettey
Gayle (Schimpf) Pettey and Buz Pettey
January 17, 2021