MANSFIELD -- Long-time St. Peter's teacher, chaplain and coach Charlie Henrich, 69, died on Wednesday after a battle with cancer.
"It is with much sadness that I inform you of the death of Charlie Henrich, longtime teacher, mentor, coach and husband of Natalie and father of Luke, Sophia, and Russ," said Rev. Gregory Hite, church pastor and school superintendent.
"As their family continues to embrace the grief of losing a husband and father, I am very aware that throughout the years Charlie became a beloved friend and colleague in his ministry at St. Peter's High School," Hite said in an email to church and school members.
"Charlie has had a long connection with St. Peter's. First a graduate, then a teacher and coach. He was a mentor to many, and possessed a compassionate heart. Always a gentleman, he will be missed by many within the St. Peter's family. He generously served many students throughout the years who, will no doubt, remember his many kindnesses," Hite said.
"Together, let us pray that our gracious and merciful Lord will receive Charlie into the Kingdom. Please continue to keep Charlie, his family and friends in your prayers. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord," Hite said.
Henrich is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 21 years, Natalie Lynn (Chenevey); son, Luke Joseph; son, Russ Edward; and daughter, Sophia Isabella.
He was born on Feb. 2, 1951, to Florence Loretta (Russ) Henrich, and Edward Joseph Henrich in Mansfield, where he lived the vast majority of his life, outside of two stints in two different seminaries, and living in New York City for a couple of years working as an assistant principal and guidance counselor at a high school in the Bronx.
Henrich was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his sister Mary Johanna McDaniel and brothers, Edward Albert and Arthur Stephen Henrich, in addition to numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and Chenevey in-laws.
Henrich graduated from St. Peter's Elementary school in 1965 and from St. Peter's High School in 1969. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 1973/1974.
While at UD, Henrich experienced a gradual spiritual conversion in which he made his Roman Catholic Christian faith an integral part of his life. After considering the priesthood for a significant number of years, he finally discerned God was calling him to the vocation of marriage and felt he was at that point blessed by God with his Natalie.
He started and directed the Senior Kairos Retreat, and served as a coach of numerous sports during his 40-plus year career at St. Peter's High School.
His family will greet friends during calling hours Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home, 173 Park Ave. West . Social distancing will be observed and facial coverings are required.
Only a certain number of guests will be permitted in at a time for everyone's protection, so please be patient and you may experience a wait time.
A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesdauy at 11 am at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 104 W. First St., Mansfield, with Father Dave Nuss and Rev. Gregory Hite presiding. Burial will follow at Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.
As an educator throughout his life, the family has asked for memorial contributions for his three beloved children's education needs be made to the GoFundMe page, in lieu of flowers, etc.