Fr. Clement Gustin, OSC, died in long-term care at Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia, Minnesota, on Saturday, November 2, 2019. He was 94.
Fr. Clem’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Crosier Priory church in Onamia, Minn., on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. A vigil will begin at noon, and burial in the Priory cemetery will follow the liturgy before a luncheon back at the Priory.
Memorials are preferred to the Crosier Priory, Box 500, Onamia, MN, 56359-0500. May Fr. Clem rest in peace.
Fr. Clem is survived by his Crosier confreres; a large extended family; and five of his 14 siblings, Veronica Goeppinger, Alice (Al) Ternes, Isabelle Mahrer, Joan Eckroth, and Hugo (Martha) ;and sisters-in-law, Leona and Shirley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Fred, John, Paul (Leona), Andrew (Shirley), Cecilia Hoffman, Angela Kopp, Phyllis Restivo, Carol Miller, and Irene Riehl.
He was born October 2, 1925, to Michael and Rosa (Schmidt) Gustin in Flasher, N.D. He attended Crosier Seminary Jr. College in Onamia beginning in 1946 and joined the Crosier Novitiate in Hastings, Neb., in 1949. He professed his Religious vows there on August 28, 1950, and was ordained a Crosier priest on May 28, 1955, also in Hastings.
Fr. Clem earned a Master of Arts degree in Classical Studies from Michigan University in 1964 and taught Latin in Crosier schools in Indiana and Onamia. He later worked in Crosier Province administration as Secretary to the Vicar General, Business Manager of Today’s Family magazine, Vice Provincial, and Director of Novices.
He also served as an Associate Pastor at St. Odilia’s in Shoreview, Minn., and as Pastor at Holy Family in McGregor, Minn., St. Ann’s in Doniphan, Neb., and St. James in Aitkin, Minn. His final assignments were as Associate Pastor at St. Joseph in Chisholm and Sacred Heart in Buhl and the Catholic Community of Hibbing, Minn.
In 2008, Fr. Clem retired to the Crosier Priory in Onamia where he joyfully contributed to the fraternal and liturgical/musical life of the community. He moved to Lake Song Assisted Living in Onamia and long-term care at MLHS approximately three years before his death due to health decline.