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Alcuin John Ringsmuth – Obituary

Name: Alcuin John Ringsmuth

Age: 94

Born: 04-16-1924

Died: 08-15-2018

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Waite Park, Minnesota

            Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 20th, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park for Alcuin (Al) John Ringsmuth, age 94, of Waite Park.  Al passed away August 15, 2018 at Cherrywood Advanced Living.  Reverend Timothy Gapinski will officiate and Al’s son, Frank Ringsmuth, will assist as Deacon of the Mass.  Burial will take place in St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery in Waite Park.

            Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, and on Monday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church.  Parish prayers will be held Sunday at 4:00 p.m., followed by Knights of Columbus Council 961 prayers, at the funeral home.

            Al was born April 16, 1924 in Waite Park, MN to Mathias and Rose (Thelen) Ringsmuth.  He married June Grace Spieker on April 17, 1945, in St. Joseph’s Church, Waite Park.  They had eleven children: Paul (Linda) of Waite Park; Charlotte Pierce of Lincoln, NE; Donna Bahnak of Des Peres, MO; Renee (Ray) Grosser of Eubank, KY; John (Susan) of Lincoln, NE; Frank (Laura) of Waite Park; Peter (Mary Jane) of Lincoln, NE; Steven (Julia) of Marietta, GA; David (Maria) of Eden Prairie; Theresa (deceased); and Tony (Janete) of Maple Grove.  He is also survived by 26 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and brother Dennis (Karol) of Cold Spring.

            Al worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for 42 years as a welder, welding supervisor, and safety supervisor.  He was mayor of Waite Park for 38 years.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 961, Waite Park boosters, Moose Lodge 1400, and Burlington Northern Veterans.  He was a founding member of the STARail railroad museum on 3rd Street.  He was a Third Order Benedictine Oblate.  He served on numerous civic and political organizations.  He was an accompanist at Mass at St. Joseph’s Church and Sterling Park for many years.  He was a man of strong faith and loved his family deeply.

            He was preceded in death by his wife, June; his parents; sister, Audrey (Sister Philaine, OSB); daughter, Theresa; son-in-law, John Bahnak; daughter-in-law, Susan P. Ringsmuth; grandson, Nathan Bahnak; and granddaughter, Joanne Bartek.

            In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or Catholic Relief Services.

            A special thank you to the staffs of Cherrywood Advanced Living and St. Croix Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Guestbook for Alcuin John Ringsmuth

Karen Kreger Olson
, former St. Joseph parishioner
August 19, 2018, 7:46 pm
I grew up in Waite Park and attended St. Joseph's parish and school. I remember Al as a wonderful caring person. He played the organ in church and I was in the choir for awhile. He knew his music, and brought out the best in people. It seemed like he was always mayor of Waite Park because people knew he was a good and honest man, and was well respected. I am honored to have known him. God Bless his memory, and my condolences to the family.
Dave Tripp
, Friend and Mentee
August 18, 2018, 8:35 pm
Al along with 3 others hired me as Metro Bus Executive Director in 1979; Al was a Metro Bus Commissioner for 29 years, and was my mentor and lifelong friend. In an open letter to Metro Bus employees, I stated: I can unequivocally state that Metro Bus would not be as large nor as successful today had it not been for Alís STRONG advocacy and support for public transit in this St. Cloud metropolitan area. He loved Metro Bus - its employees, its buses, its facilities and the services provided. The Dial-a-Ride maintenance and storage addition in 2000 was named after Al and a plate honoring him is on a column separating the large bus area and the Dial-a-Ride bus area. His name is also on the 1984 granite marker just inside the administrative entrance of the new Operations Center. Alís picture is on a photograph accepting Metro Busís first APTA Outstanding Achievement Award. He maintained constant vigilance over critics of public transit and was always promoting Metro Bus. Alís spirit is EVERYWHERE in the facilities and this company. Al was an honest man of strong faith who served his community, his friends and neighbors and parish with caring acceptance. Al wanted all Metro Bus employees to know that their jobs were important. Many times employees would tell me that he asked them if they were happy, respected, and treated well at Metro Bus. Al truly cared for you. Al Ringsmuth was and will always be remembered as a phenomenal Servant of our Lord. He will be sorely missed.
Brenda Kirchner
, Friend
August 18, 2018, 1:58 pm
Sorry to hear of your loss. Al was a great man. He will be missed by many.
August 17, 2018, 6:59 pm
Sorry for your loss.

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