LANDECK - Father Roger D. Bonifas, 93, died at 2:12 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, 2013 at Vancrest of Delphos.
He was born July 1, 1920 in Van Wert County, to the late Linus J. and Henrietta E. (Pohlman) Bonifas.
In July 2000, he was appointed the spiritual director of the Catholic Knights of Ohio now the Catholic Order of Foresters. He was a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1362, and he was a 4th Degree Assembly 829 of Lima.
He graduated from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington. He was ordained March 10, 1945, serving his first Mass the next day on March 11, 1945 at St. John the Baptist Church, Landeck. He was an associate pastor at St. Mary, Sandusky; St. Joseph, Crestline; Immaculate Conception, Bellevue; and St. Francis de Sales, Toledo. He was a pastor at St. Mary, Millersville, St. James, Kansas, Ohio; St. Mary of the Snows, Mansfield; Immaculate Conception, Ottoville; St. John the Baptist, Landeck; St. Patrick, Spencerville. He was retired to residence in Lima St. John's Catholic Church and then to St. Barbara in Cloverdale. In retirement, He assisted parishes in the Diocese of Toledo, the Diocese of Venice, Fla. and several other dioceses throughout the country.
He was a world traveler, visiting many holy cities. Two highlights of his travels that greatly impacted his life were attending a private Mass, alongside fellow traveling priests, with Pope John Paul II and witnessing the beatification of St. Faustina. He was very active in the World Wide Marriage Encounter and Crucillo.
Surviving are four sisters, Rita Kilbarger of Lancaster, Sr. Lucy Bonifas OSF Tiffin of Paducah, Ky., Agnes (Eugene) Krietemeyer of Ft. Jennings and Velma (James Beckman) Frei of West Milton; two brothers, Ralph Bonifas of Landeck, and George (Dorothy) Bonifas of Landeck; 27 nieces and nephews and many great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Rufus Bonifas; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth "Betty" Bonifas and Melba Bonifas; and two brothers-in-law, Jerome Kilbarger and Arthur Frei.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck with Bishop Leonard P. Blair officiating. There will be a visitation from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.
A Knights of Columbus service will be held at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. The 4th Degree will also stand Honor Guard from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, and during the Vespers Service on Friday, Nov. 15 at St. John the Baptist Church, Landeck. A Catholic Order of Foresters service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the churches that he has served or the Victor Huss Vocational Fund provided by the Catholic Order of Foresters.
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