November 26, 1924 – Saturday, November 3, 2012
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, MN
Monday, November 12 2012
AT THE CHURCH
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Father Maynard C. Kegler, OMI, age 87, of Sun City, Arizona and formerly of Buffalo passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2012 in Sun City, Arizona.
He was born on November 26, 1924 in Glencoe, Minnesota the son of Louis & Elizabeth (Artmann) Kegler.
Father Kegler attended St. Henry’s Seminary in Belleville, Illinois in September 1938 and graduated from there in 1944. He entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Mission, Texas. Philosophy and Theology studies continued in Ottawa, Canada where he was ordained as a Priest on January 28, 1951.
After ordination Father Kegler taught at St. Henry’s Seminary in Belleville, Illinois for four years then Parish Ministry in Veblen and Orient, South Dakota followed by years of preaching ministry at The Kings House in Belleville, Illinois and Buffalo, Minnesota. He became Superior of The Preaching Board and for seventeen years was Director of The Kings House in Buffalo and eight years as Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. During his tenure as Pastor at St. Francis Xavier he oversaw the construction of the Resurrection Mausoleum in St. Francis Cemetery in Buffalo where he will be entombed. For a few years, while residing in Buffalo he served on the Board of Consulters of The St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese as well as being a Dean and member of The Presbyteral Council of The Archdiocese. Father Kegler belonged to The Knights of Columbus Council 4th Degree # 2649.
Survived by two sisters: Monica Albers of Winsted and Benilda Greshewok of South St. Paul; a brother: Stanley (Diane
Del Giorno) Kegler of St. Paul; longtime friend: Vern E. Gren of Sun City, Arizona; many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Louis & Elizabeth Kegler, brothers and sisters-in-law: Sylvester (Lil) Kegler and Aloysuis (Mary) Kegler and by two brothers-in-law: Norbert Albers and Paul Greshewok.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Father Maynard C. Kegler, OMI will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, Minnesota.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 11th from 5-8 P.M. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, Minnesota with a Prayer service at 7:00 P.M.
In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to The Kings House of Retreats, 621 South 1st Avenue, Buffalo, Minnesota 55313 or Clare Housing, 929 Central Avenue N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55413.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, Minnesota is serving the family.