Rev. Peter C. Bodensteiner

Monday, January 23, 2017 5:43 pm

Rev. Peter C. Bodensteiner, 97, of New Hampton, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at Kensington Place Assisted Living in New Hampton. A Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Lawler, with Archbishop Jackels officiating the Mass. Interment was at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Ossian, with Sam Fanning, Micheal Bodensteiner, John Eichenburger, Joseph Scally, Danny Bodensteiner and Ron Ward serving as pallbearers. Friends greeted the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at the church, where there was a 5 p.m. rosary and a 7 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continued an hour prior to the Mass Saturday, at church. Online condolences for Father Pete’s family may be left at

Peter Clifford Bodensteiner was born Jan. 15, 1920, in Ossian, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Drilling) Bodensteiner. When Pete was younger he enjoyed playing baseball and going to dances in Spillville. Father Pete graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School in Ossian and then went to Loras College. He completed his theological studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Md. Father Pete was ordained July 28, 1945, and was an associate pastor from 1945-1947 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque; 1947 – 1949 in St. Petersburg; 1949 – 1954 at Immaculate Conception in Elma; 1954 – 1957 at St. Joseph Church in Mason City; 1957 – 1959 First Resident Pastor in St. Ansgar; 1959 – 1967 at Sacred Heart in Grundy Center; 1967 – 1973 at Our Lady of Lourdes, Lourdes; 1973 – 1979 at St. Mary’s Church in Cascade; and 1979 – 1989 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Lawler.

Father Pete is survived by his brother, Dr. Cletus Bodensteiner, of Long Beach, Calif.; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers: Leonard Bodensteiner, Marcellus Bodensteiner, Hugo Bodensteiner, Christopher Bodensteiner and Leo Bodensteiner; four sisters: Agnes Winter, Evelyn Hawkins, Lucille Fanning and Olivia Ward-Everret.

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