Msgr. Edward C. Dunn, 95, of Tiffin and Mansfield, died at 9:46 a.m., Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at his residence in Mansfield.
He was born Dec.10, 1916, in Tiffin, to John and Ethel (Culhane) Dunn.
He is survived by a brother, John L. Dunn of Tiffin, and two nephews, Mike (Mary) Dunn and John L. (Leslie) Dunn Jr.
He was preceded in death by a brother, the Rev. Richard C. Dunn.
Msgr. Dunn was a graduate of Tiffin St. Mary and Tiffin Calvert High School; St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, Ind.; Assumption, Sandwich, Ontario; Basselin Scholar, and Theological College/Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., where he earned his STL in theology, bachelor of arts in philosophy and master of science in church history.
Immediately following his ordination, Msgr. was appointed assistant at St. Rose, Lima. His other appointments were: October 1948, assistant at Blessed Sacrament parish, Toledo; July 1952, assistant principal of Calvert High School and chaplain at St. Francis Home, Tiffin; and June 1956, principal of Calvert and chaplain for the Ursuline convent. From there, he went to St. Peter's parish in Mansfield as pastor from 1969-1984, and was principal at St. Peter's High School. From 1984-1992, he was appointed to Clyde St. Mary's, where he was granted Senior Status. From1992 until present, he was actively involved at St. Joseph's and St. Francis Home, Tiffin.
Msgr. Dunn served as co-chairman of the United Fund Drive in Tiffin, and was one of the directors for 12 years. He was a member of the Toledo Diocesan School Board, and was involved in the first inner city church councils and outreach programs in Mansfield. His other diocesan service and honors included: domestic Prelate, Diocesan School Board, Dean of Mansfield Deanery, Episcopal Vicar, Personnel Board, and the Clyde Ministerial Association.
Pope Paul VI, through the Most Rev. George J. Rehring, Bishop of Toledo, appointed the Very Rev. Edward C. Dunn, principal of Calvert, a papal chamberlain, with the title of Very Reverend Monsignor, which was officially made known Jan. 3, 1964. In 1934, as a speaker to his graduating Calvert High School class, Msgr. Dunn said, "We know that we cannot live our lives apart and neglect our less fortunate neighbors. In the very beginning of time, God clearly taught us that we are our brothers' keepers." Then, in September 1956, as principal at Calvert, he said, "This is one family. You call me Father. You are sons and daughters. We belong to one another."
The funeral Mass is 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation is 1-3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 27, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Mansfield. A prayer service will be at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, with visitation following until 9 p.m. Visitation also will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 9:30-10:45 a.m., prior to Mass.
Memorials may be made to the Msgr. Edward Dunn Foundation, 104 W. First Street, Mansfield, OH 44902, or to Calvert Catholic Schools, 152 Madison St., Tiffin, OH 44883.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419)447-3113. To send online condolences or to view the tribute video, please visit www.traunerofuneralhome.com.