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In Memoriam ~ Fr. Eugene Theisen ’44



Fr. Eugene Theisen ’44

Father Eugene A. Theisen died on December 7, 2018, at Phelps Memorial Hospital, Sleepy Hollow, New York. He was 91 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 65 years.

Eugene Anthony Theisen was born in Wadena, Minnesota on December 29, 1926, son of John F. and Elizabeth Tabery Theisen. He was the third oldest in a family of nine children; four brothers and two sisters are deceased.

His sister, Sister Vivia, was a Benedictine Sister. His brothers are, Wilfred, a Benedictine monk, and Lyle. He attended St. Ann’s Elementary School and one year of high school in Wadena. He graduated from St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota, in June 1944. He entered Maryknoll Apostolic College (Venard), Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania on September 4, 1944. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree (1948) and Master of Religious Education (1953) at Maryknoll Seminary, New York and was ordained a Maryknoll priest on June 13, 1953.

Father Theisen is survived by his brothers Rev. Wilfred Theisen 47, OSB and Lyle Theisen. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on January 4, 2019, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 514 First Street, SE, Wadena, MN.