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Reverend Harold W. Kist
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Reverend Harold W. Kist, 70, of Lakeview, OH, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at Kindred Hospital, Lima, OH. He was born September 20, 1946 in Cincinnati, OH to the late Earl and Helen Scroggins Kist. He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Kist, and a sister, Helen Waschler. Father Harry is survived by his close special friend, Dona Fischer, and first cousin, Joanne Hoar. Father Kist was a member of the first graduating class at LaSalle High School in 1964. He did his preparatory studies at St. Gregory Seminary and studied Philosophy and Theology at Mount St. Mary Seminary of the West. He was ordained on May 25, 1974 by Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati. Father Kist received his first appointment on June 19, 1974 as Associate at St. Mary Parish, Springfield, OH. On August 19, 1977, he was appointed Resident Associate at St. Raphael Parish, Springfield and faculty of Springfield Central Catholic High School. On July 7, 1978, Father Kist was appointed Chaplain of Our Lady of Mercy Hospital. While continuing as Chaplain, he was appointed in residence and Associate of St. Margaret of Cortona Parish, Cincinnati on September 3, 1980. On June 14, 1981, Father Kist was appointed Chaplain of Fort Scott Camp. On September 6, 1981, he was appointed Associate at Sacred Heart Parish, Fairfield. Father Kist was then appointed Associate Pastor at All Saints Parish, Cincinnati on August 4, 1987. On February 14, 1989, he was appointed Temporary Administrator of St. John Neumann Parish, Cincinnati, On July 5, 1989, Father Kist was appointed Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Greenville and reappointed to another six- year term as pastor commencing on July 6, 1995. He was appointed Pastor of St. Mary of the Woods Parish, Russells Point on July 8, 1998. He was reappointed as Pastor for two additional six-year terms, the first term commencing on July 9, 2004 and the second term commencing on July 9, 2010. Father Kist was appointed as a member of the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati from August 22, 2006 to November 3, 2010, then reappointed as a member for a five- year term on November 3, 2010 to November 3, 2015. Father Kist retired on January 3, 2011. He was appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Mary of the Woods Parish, Russells Point, effective August 1, 2014. Reception of the Body: Monday, December 12, 2016, 2:00 pm, St. Mary of the Woods Church, 464 Madison Avenue, Russells Point with Celebrant and Homilist: Reverend Shawn R. Landenwich, with visitation from 2-6 pm at the church. Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer will begin Mass of Christian Burial at 6:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will take place at 11:00 am Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at St. Mary Cemetery, 701 East Ross Avenue Cincinnati, with Celebrant, Deacon Steve Brown. Memorial contributions may be given to the Reverend Harold W. Kist Memorial Fund for St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church. Arrangements are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview. Condolences may be expressed at

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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saint Mary of the Woods Catholic Church

464 Madison Avenue
Russells Point, OH 43348





6:00 PM
St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church

464 Madison Avenue
Russells Point, Ohio 43348

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St. Mary Cemetery

701 East Ross Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45217


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