St. Joseph Priesthood 



The only vocation to the priesthood to come from St. Joseph was Fr. John H. Gramke. He was the son of Henry & Margaret Cramsey Gramke, born in Adams County, June 7, 1881, Fr. Gramke was the oldest of 7 children. They were Fr. John, George, Rose, Anna, Ada, William & Edward. He attended Quincy College & Mt. St. Mary of the West Seminary at Cincinnati and was ordained on May 21, 1910 in Columbus, OH. He served at St. Paul's Church at Highland, Illinois and Holy Ghost Church at Jerseyville, IL. He was appointed dean and Diocesan Director ofthe Priests Eucharistic League. In May of 1929, Fr. Gramke was appointed pastor of St. Anthony Church in Effingham and the dean served there until his sudden death on Oct. 22, 1945. Nieces and nephews of Fr. Gramke are Elaine, Paul, Robert, Dan & Edward Gramke, Laurine and Margaret Frese, Lawrence, Elmo and Carl Rossmiller, Margaret Ravencraft, Bill & Ralph Gramke. The former Emma S. Ohnemus is the daughter of Roman & Anna Nadler (Nodler) Ohnemus. She was born May 14, 1901, one of seven children. Her siblings are Albert, Eugene, Katherine, Ella, Carl, & Leonard. Sr. Florianna graduated from the eighth grade at St. Joseph School, and worked for a short time in Quincy. She entered the convent April 29, 1924, made her First Vow April 28, 1927 and her Perpetual Vow May 9, 1932 in Cincinnati, OH. She served at St. Martin's Hospital in Kansas City, KS; St. Mary's Hospital in Cincinnati, OH; St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Covington, KY; St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, OH; St. Joseph Home in Quincy, IL & St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Dayton, OH. Sr. Florianna celebrated her golden jubilee May 25, 1974 and her diamond jubilee Sept. 8, 1984. She is now retired and living at Franciscan Terrace, 100 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45215.

Taken from the History of St Joseph's Catholic Church Booklet


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