De­ters, S.J., Fr. Fred­er­ick “Fred” J.

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Fr. Fred­er­ick “Fred” J. De­ters, S.J., July 5, 2020, Age 83. A Je­suit for over 65 years. He was born in Cincin­nati, Ohio. He was the son of the late Fred­er­ick J. and Frances (Hoover) De­ters. He is sur­vived by neph­ews and nieces and their fam­i­lies; Joseph & Sh­eryl Schap­pert, Thomas & Deb­bie Schap­pert, Sis­ter Maria Therese Schap­pert, SND, John & Lenore Schap­pert, Mary McKen­zie and Frances & Daniel Lee. And many great neph­ews and nieces. His two sis­ters and brother-in-laws pre­de­ceased him; Mary Ellen & Joseph Schap­pert and Joanne & Craig Byrne. Fr. Fred en­tered the So­ci­ety of Je­sus on Septem­ber 1, 1954 at Milford, Ohio. He was or­dained on June 8, 1967 at the Je­suit School of The­ol­ogy in North Aurora, Illi­nois and took fi­nal vows on April 22, 1976 at Loy­ola Univer­sity Chicago. He earned a Doc­tor­ate of Sa­cred The­ol­ogy from Catholic Univer­sity of Amer­ica (1973). His ear­lier years of min­istry were spent teach­ing his­tory at St. Xavier High School in Cincin­nati (1962-1964). Af­ter or­di­na­tion, Fred spent seven years teach­ing The­ol­ogy at Loy­ola Univer­sity Chicago (1973-1980). Af­ter this, he spent time di­rect­ing re­treats at Milford Re­treat Cen­ter (19801981) and the Je­suit Re­treat House in Parma, Ohio (1981-1982). Be­gin­ning in 1982, Fred tran­si­tioned into hos­pi­tal chap­laincy where, for over 30 years, he used his gifts of lis­ten­ing, em­pa­thy, and car­ing for oth­ers. He was a chap­lain at Loy­ola Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter (1982-1994) and St. Fran­cis Hos­pi­tal in Beech Grove, In­di­ana (1995-2013). Fred was mis­sioned to Colom­biere Cen­ter in 2013 to per­form ser­vice for the Je­suit com­mu­nity. Fred was very ac­tive in the Colom­biere Je­suit com­mu­nity. As the house chap­lain/cam­pus min­is­ter, he of­fered Mass, brought Com­mu­nion to those “room-bound” and anointed many of the sick over the past 6-7 years. He also re­galed us with his won­der­ful pi­ano play­ing at many meals with his unique mix­ture of show tunes, hymns, and pop­u­lar. His kind­ness to­ward all was re­mark­able. We will miss him very much. A Fu­neral Mass and burial will be held pri­vately at Colom­biere Cen­ter in Clark­ston, MI. The record­ing of the Vigil Ser­vice and Fu­neral Mass will be avail­able on Youtube for view­ing af­ter July 12. Please type in “Fr. Fred­er­ick De­ters” in the Youtube search field at the web­page. Con­do­lences may be sent to his niece: Frances Lee, 312 Hazel­wood Dr, Fort Wright KY 41001. Me­mo­rial gifts to sup­port the Je­suits may be made to the USA Mid­west Je­suits, 1010 N. Hooker St., Chicago, IL 60642. Visit www.je­suit­smid­west.org to read full obit­u­ary, sign guest­book, or make an on­line me­mo­rial gift. A.J. Des­mond & Sons, (248) 362-2500. View obit­u­ary and share mem­o­ries at AJDes­mond.com

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