Date of death: 6/12/2019
Saint Meinrad Class: O 1960
The Rev. Charles Edward Reteneller, 84, formerly of Nazareth Village, died Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Nazareth Clifton Place in Louisville. He was born Dec. 18, 1934, in Louisville to the late Charles Albert and Aurelia Theresa Englert Reteneller. He was a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Louisville and was ordained on June 11, 1960. He attended St. Martin’s from 1939-1948, Flaget from 1948-1951, St. Meinrad Minor Seminary 1951-1952, St. Meinrad Minor and Major Seminaries in 1952-1956 and St. Meinrad Major Seminary from 1956-1960.
After his ordination on June 11, 1960, he served as assistant/associate pastor at the following parishes: St. Patrick’s, Louisville, June-Aug. 1960, St. Frances of Rome, Louisville, Aug. 1960-Dec. 1964, St. Margaret Mary, Lyndon, Dec. 1964-Jan. 1970, St. Barnabas, Louisville, Jan. 1970-June 1972, St. Edward, Jeffersontown, June 1983-April 1985, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Louisville, April 1985-April 1987, and St. James, Elizabethtown, Feb.-June 1988 (weekend associate pastor, June 1988-June 1999). He served as pastor at St. Vincent de Paul, New Hope, June 1972-June 1983. He was a temporary chaplain at St. Catharine Motherhouse and Sansbury Infirmary, Jan.-Feb. 1988, weekday chaplain at St. Catharine Motherhouse, St. Catharine, Dec. 1992-Dec. 1996, and as Sacramental Moderator at St. Catharine Motherhouse and Sansbury Care Center and Holy Rosary, Springfield, June 1999-Feb. 2005, when he retired.
He completed a sabbatical at the School of Applied Theology, Berkeley, Calif., Jan. 1992-May 1992. He was also a volunteer member at McMahan Volunteer Fire Department, Jeffersontown Volunteer Fire Department, and Louisville Fire Department (all in Louisville). He helped create and was a volunteer member of the New Hope Volunteer Fire Department in New Hope.
He was an active licensed Amateur Radio operator for many years. He held a General Class license and was assigned the FCC call sign WA4YPG. He was active in many ham radio clubs in the communities he served, including the Bardstown-based Kentucky Amateur Radio Society.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Reteneller. He is survived by one sister, Marilyn (Brice) Howard of Owensboro; one brother, Jim (Ruth Ann) Reteneller of Louisville; and several nieces and nephews.