Anholzer, OFM.CAP, Fr. Daniel E., Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Fr. Daniel Anholzer, age 58, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 13, 2010. He was born in Appleton, Wisconsin on July 18, 1951, the son of Helen (DeLeeuw) Anholzer and the late Robert E. Anholzer. Capuchin Friar Daniel Anholzer, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Saginaw, was in the order for 40 years. He served as Provincial Minister of the Capuchin Order of St. Joseph, 2002-2008. Under Father Dan’s leadership as Provincial Minister, lay employee formation programs were created to further employee’s understanding of the Capuchin charism. He also led the province in the 18-month celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first permanent Capuchin foundation in North America and the establishment of the Province of St. Joseph. He served as president of the North American Pacific Capuchin conference (NAPCC) which represents the provinces of the US, Australia, Canada and Guam. Father Dan attended St. Lawrence Seminary, a Capuchin high school from 1965 to 1969. He entered the order upon his graduation from high school. In 1975, Father Dan took a year off from studies to live and work in Nicaragua, later returning for this diaconate ordination at Bocana de Palguas. After ordination, he continued serving in Nicaragua, ministering several years, some during the Nicaraguan civil war. He returned to the US in 1983 and spent a year in Milwaukee, serving the House of Peace. He then arrived in Saginaw at St. Joseph “Rainbow Parish” in 1984 where he ministered until his appointment as Provincial Minister in 2002. When Father Dan celebrated his silver jubilee in 1995, he stated, “I am so thankful for my Capuchin vocation. I have become who I am thanks to my Capuchin brothers and mentors. I never would have had all the ethnic and cultural experiences I have had throughout these years life experiences which have made me more human, whole, and complete.” He is lovingly survived by his mother, Helen Anholzer, Kimberly, Wisconsin; his brothers and sister, Thomas Anholzer and his special friend, Linda Vaughn, Hortonville, Wisconsin; Gary (Mary) Anholzer, Quinney, Wisconsin; and Karen (Fred) Stumpf, Darboy, Wisconsin; his Nicaraguan sister, Frida (Lee) Adrian; also his nieces and nephews, Kevin and Danielle Santry and their son, Mason; Cole Anholzer and his fiancé, Savannah Bradley; Olivia, Helena and Eric Stumpf; Jason, Marissa and Vanessa Adrian and her fiancé, Brandon Bennett; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is further survived by his Capuchin Brothers and his wonderful family of St. Joseph’s Parish in Saginaw. His father, Robert Anholzer, predeceased him. The funeral liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 17, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 910 N. Sixth St., Saginaw. Visitation will be held at the church from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sunday where the Rosary will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Sunday. A vigil service will take place at 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral liturgy. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church Building Fund.