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Rev. John L. Kuhlmann, 76, chaplain at hospitals in Dunkirk and Jamestown

Aug. 1, 1942 – Dec. 21, 2018

Rev. John L. Kuhlmann, who served as Catholic chaplain at hospitals in Dunkirk and Jamestown, died Dec. 21. He was 76.

Born in Buffalo, the son of a real estate executive and one of seven children, he was a 1960 graduate of Canisius High School and attended St. John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora. He was ordained May 25, 1968, in St. Joseph New Cathedral by Bishop Pius Benincasa.

After a brief assignment in Puerto Rico, he was an assistant pastor at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Cheektowaga and St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Church in Niagara Falls.

In 1970, he was named an assistant chaplain at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and three years later became chaplain at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, with residence at Sacred Heart Church in Dunkirk.

Father Kuhlmann was assigned as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Niagara Falls in 1982 and St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean in 1984, then became pastor of Queen of All Saints Church in Lackawanna in 1985. He took on additional duties as spiritual director of the Buffalo Cursillo Movement in 1986.

He went to Jamestown in 1987, serving as chaplain for Jamestown General Hospital, WCA Hospital and Fenton Nursing Home. In 1997, he was named pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bemus Point. He became part of the church’s team ministry in 2005 and retired as pastor emeritus in 2006.

A Jamestown resident in recent years, he hosted the Catholic News and Views program on radio station WJTN-AM in Jamestown. In 1989, he did sabbatical study at the Vatican II Institute in Menlo Park, Calif.

Surviving are two brothers, James and Philip; and three sisters, Kathleen King, Mary O’Neill and Virginia “Ginger.”

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Dec. 28 in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 42 Main St., Bemus Point.

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