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Father John Reuther, 79, Consolata missionary priest

Dec. 5, 1937 – Nov. 1, 2017

Father John N. Reuther, a Consolata Missionary priest, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst. He was 79.

Born in Lackawanna, he was a 1956 graduate of Father Baker High School. After earning an associate’s degree in poultry husbandry from the State Agricultural and Technical College at Alfred, he was a hatchery manager for Weidner Hatchery in Armor and then pullet supervisor for more than a dozen farms.

He decided to enter the priesthood while studying at the University of Georgia in 1963 with the encouragement of the Newman Center chaplain.

He enrolled at Holy Apostles Seminary for Adult Vocations in Cromwell, Conn., met Consolata missionaries there and joined their order. He completed a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1968, then was a novitiate in Williamsville.

He began studying theology in 1969 at St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C., and was ordained in 1973 by Bishop Edward D. Head in SS. Peter and Paul Church in Hamburg.

Father Reuther was administrator at Consolata House of Studies in Pittsburgh, returned to Williamsville in 1977 as administrator of Consolata Seminary, then was a priest at Consolata Community House. He offered religious services at Holy Family Church in Albion, St. Pius X Church in Getzville, Our Lady of Peace Church in Clarence and SS. Peter and Paul Church in Williamsville.

Since 2010, he was part-time chaplain for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Clarence.

He was active in marriage renewal for 12 years and was a member of the People of Praise charismatic prayer community.

A member of Hamburg Council 2220, Knights of Columbus, for more than 50 years, he served 14 years as chaplain.

He enjoyed fishing in all seasons in Western New York and Ontario.

Survivors include cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6 in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg.

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