Date of death: 1/6/2015
Saint Meinrad Class: O 1952
Father Jerome G. Niedermier, a priest in the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, age 88, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at the Ursuline Center in Toledo, Ohio.He was born on February 28, 1926, in New Washington, Ohio to the late Roma and Isabel (Kichline) Niedermier.After attending grade school, Father Sossong of St. Bernard Parish helped him enroll in seminary and he studied at St. Fidelis Seminary in Butler, PA, and then at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, IN.On May 31, 1952, he was ordained a priest at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, Toledo, by Bishop George J. Rehring. His first assignment was as Associate Pastor with Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Toledo from 1952 to 1957, and then he transferred to Saint Joseph Parish in Galion for six months. He then served as Associate Pastor for ten years at Saint Francis de Sales Parish in Toledo and in 1967 served at Saint Ann Parish in Fremont for less than a year. He was the Pastor for Saint Mary Parish in Antwerp and Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Hicksville from 1968 to 1976, then serving from 1976 to 1980 at Saint Mary Parish in Edgerton, transferring to Saint Joseph Parish in Crestline for two years. His last assignment was with Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Shelby Settlement from 1989 to 1992.Father Jerome had purchased a retirement cottage in Michigan and was called to assist with Saint Joseph Parish in Alger, Michigan until his health began to fail.He is survived by a brother, Tom Niedermier of New Washington, and four sisters, Margaret Heydinger of New Washington, Annabel Kehres of New Washington, Gertrude Striker of Media, and Cathleen Slayton of Bucyrus; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary Kraft, and a brother, Joseph Niedermier.