Father Lawrence Ginther

Father Lawrence Paul Ginther, age 91, of Winona, Minn., died on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at his home.

He was born on Aug. 6, 1920, in Winona to John Vincent and Martha Rose (Bloch) Ginther.  He attended St. Stanislaus Grade School, Cotter High School, St. Mary’s College in Winona, and and also attended Philosophical and Theological Studies at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

On March 24, 1946 he was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Leo Binz at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. He served as assistant at St. Augustine Church, Austin, Minn. and then at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church; he also taught at Cathedral High School in Winona.

Father Ginther was appointed pastor on Dec. 3, 1952, to Holy Family Church in East Chain, Minn. and Our Lady of Mercy, Guckeen, Minn.  He later served as pastor of the following parishes:  St. Mary’s, Ellsworth, Minn.; St. Ignatius, Spring Valley, Minn.; St. Patrick’s, Brownsville, Minn.; Holy Trinity, Litomysl, Minn.; Nativity, Harmony, Minn; St. Mary’s, Madelia, Minn.; St. Collumbanus, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; St. Charles Borromeo, St. Charles, Minn. and St. Casimmir’s, Winona.

Retiring from active duty for reasons of health on June 28, 1989, he lived privately in Goodview, Minn. and enjoyed doing substitution and limited service in various local parishes. He was a member of Catholic League, Priests for Life, Catholic Church Extension Society, Human Life International, Polish Museum, Polish Heritage Club, MCCL and Harvest House.

He is survived by his nephew, Dennis John (Geraldine) Ginther, Owatonna, Minn.; nieces, Judy Joan (William) Williams, Bellevue, Wash., and Camille Mary (Gordon) Denby, Bellevue; many great-nieces and great-nephews as well as other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother and two sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka. The Most Reverend John M. Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese  of Winona, presiding, with the Diocesan Priests concelebrating. Father Ginther will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., beginning with Harvest House leading the Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary at 2:45 p.m.  Visitation will also be held at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka on Monday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winona Area Catholic Schools Foundation.

Any good I may have done, the Lord knows and will reward me accordingly. Never sought any honors or special privileges, only to be a servant of the Lord.  I thank God for calling me to the Priesthood and enjoyed being a priest.

Online condolences or memories may be left for Father Ginther’s family at  www.watkowski-mulyck.com. Entrusted to our care – Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home.

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