Fr. Elmar Mauer O.M.I.

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Fr. Elmar Mauer, OMI, 87, died on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Dammert Geriatric Center, Belleville, IL.

Fr. Elmar was born in Kempenich, West Germany on July 13, 1934, to the late Peter and Katarina Mauer.

His Oblate education began at St. Henry’s Prep School, Belleville, IL. He attended the Novitiate in Godfrey, IL, and the Our Lady of the Snows Scholasticate in Pass Christian, MS. He professed first vows as a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate in 1959 and was ordained as a priest in 1964.

His ministry included missions in the Philippines and Denmark. He also served as pastor in Duluth and St. Paul, MN. Fr. Elmar Mauer was the Pilgrimage director at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL for 10 years. Other assignments included Oblate Preaching team, Youth Mission Band in Belleville, Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Centerville, St. Philips Parish in East St. Louis, chaplain at St. Elizabeth Hospital, and St. Henry’s Oblate Residence in Belleville before retiring at Dammert Geriatric Center. Fr. Elmar Mauer also served in the Teens Encounter Christ Movement and for several years celebrated Sunday mass with the parishioners of St. Pancratius Catholic Church, Fayetteville, IL.  He was the St. Louis Cardinals number one baseball fan and could always be seen wearing his red socks.

Fr. Mauer was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Katarina Mauer.

He is survived by his brother, Rudi Mauer; and the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. 9480 North DeMazenod Drive, Belleville, IL, 62223. Condolences may be expressed online at

Funeral: A memorial mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the Church at National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 South DeMazenod Drive, Belleville, IL, 62223. Mass will be live streamed with link to follow soon.

According to his wishes, Fr. Elmar Mauer, OMI donated his body to Saint Louis University School of Medicine.


19 Comments on Fr. Elmar Mauer O.M.I.

Laura Isom Krenzer said : Guest Report May 18, 2022 at 10:31 AM

It’s such a blessing the way people come into our lives and make such an impression. I met Fr. Mauer in the 70’s at the Shrine while working in the restaurant and then come to find out that my dad worked on his little red VW’s that always matched his little red socks. He encouraged me to do a TEC retreat and I was entrusted to his care on one such TEC weekend while my parents went out of town. He made sure I got home okay. Later, he performed my wedding in 1979. It is wonderful to see how many, many people his life has touched the way he touched mine. Rest In Peace dear Fr. Elmar. You will never be forgotten.

  • New Smyrna Beach
  • FL
Kathy Bergmann said : Guest Report May 17, 2022 at 7:46 PM

I’ll always remember Father Elmar as the Chaplin at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where we worked together for many years and as a good friend to me and my son, who I adopted as a single mom. He would see me and loudly proclaim there is Kathy, the Mother of Matthew and preceded to tell the patient he was visiting about my adoption story. Years later, I invited him to my son’s first communion and he pushed his way into the parents reserved seating in church. to sit with us. At the luncheon he presented my son a gift bag from the Shrine gift shop with a rosary and many items related to Forst Holy communion including a prayer book and statue of a little boy making his communion. We met out to dinner with him a few times then later years picked him up we he no longer drove. He brought my son balloon’s tied to large bags of candy for his birthday and an gave him a gift bag of ice cream cones, dishes and toppings as a gift another time. He always laughed, wore his red socks for the Cardinals who he loved dearly to watch. I know he is watching over us and remembering each time he prayed for us, or went places with us or just talked Cardinals baseball. RIP Father Mauer. You have touched many lives and left many good memories with all those who knew and loved you.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Jim Zinck said : Guest Report May 17, 2022 at 7:04 PM

I knew Fr. Elmar very well . I belong to St Pancratius for over 33 years. I served Mass for him I lectored for him did communion with him . I also open and closed the church for the parish for over 23 years. I really enjoyed having Fr. Elmar for mass. He was a wonderful priest and man. I will really miss Fr. May God have mercy on his soul

  • Wentzville,
  • Mo.
Chuck Schumacher said : Guest Report May 16, 2022 at 7:52 PM

Fr Mauer & I became friends in the mid 1970’s after he forgave me for booking a 100 piece high school band in the two banquet rooms at the Shrine Restaurant next to the room where he was conducting a high school retreat. We maintained that friendship long after we had both retired from the Shrine. He was a wonderful priest & a treasured friend. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Carolyn Wottowa said : Guest Report May 16, 2022 at 9:10 AM

We have known Fr Elmer for years beginning with his time at St Philip parish. He would always visit with the quilting ladies. Our 2 daughters would often go with my Mom on those days. They always enjoyed that time, Over the years our paths would often cross. He always remembered my Mom Lucy Weissert and remembered we were part of her family. When our Mom was turning 100 we had a poster for family and friends to sign he was the first one to sign it!! Rest in peace dear friend. I know many of the quilters will be there to welcome you

  • O’Fallon
  • Il
Richard Vojas said : Guest Report May 15, 2022 at 8:20 PM

Fr Elmar was the most gentle soul I have ever met , Rest In Peace my friend,

  • Collinsville
  • Il
Regina Chiu said : Guest Report May 15, 2022 at 7:17 PM

I first met Father Mauer through the Teens Encounters Christ Retreat while in high school. I then saw him again after I started working at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. He would see me down the hall almost every day for years and yell at me "RAY- GHEE-NA! How are you today?" His smile was infectious. He came and said prayers for my newborn son and also prayed over my sick patients. He will be dearly missed. Until we meet again Father Mauer.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Veronika Stancius said : Guest Report May 15, 2022 at 2:43 PM

Fr. Elmar would often say in his homilies - a grateful heart is a happy heart - I am grateful to have known him. RIP in God’s loving embrace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Frank Cange said : Guest Report May 15, 2022 at 12:48 PM

My condolences to the Mauer Family. I worked with Fr, Elmar when I was at GIbault at Todd Hall and saw him quite often at St Henry's in Belleville. May he rest in peace. A very kind and gentle man. Frank Cange

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bruce and Anne Ruggiero said : Guest Report May 15, 2022 at 8:04 AM

Fr. Elmar spent many Sundays with us at Immaculate Conception Lithuanian Chapel. His homilies were full of love and inspiration. Each Sunday, when I'd walk into the sacristy prior to mass, he'd sing, "Annie Get Your Gun" to me. He could make me smile just knowing he was going to be at church. Rest well in HIS arms, Fr. Elmar. A job well done.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Debbie Newbold said : Guest Report May 14, 2022 at 8:56 PM

I first meet Father Mauer when he became instrumental in her becoming catholic. We were so impressed with him that when it was time for My husband Kent and I to get married we ask Him to marry us. It was a great wedding he even told my in-laws that they could put their Methodist knees on our kneelers and lighting wouldn’t strike.. He wore his red socks and wasn’t fazed when one of my bridesmaids fainted at the alter. The best part was that after 43 years every time he saw us he told us what a great job he did when he married us because we were still together. He was a wonderful man and a great Priest. We will miss him and I will thank him everyday.

  • Ofallon
  • Il
Wayland and Kathy Jasper said : Guest Report May 14, 2022 at 6:27 PM

Father Elmar will be missed by many for he was a very special person. Rest In Peace.

  • Okawville
  • Ilh
Donna Gale said : Guest Report May 14, 2022 at 9:37 AM

Fr. Elmar was our “Little Fire cracker” with red socks and an infectious laugh at St. Pancratius. He will be missed very much. RIP Father Elmar and let perpetual light shine upon you.🙏🙏🙏

  • Venedy
  • IL
Stephanie Berry said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 8:22 PM

My heart goes out to the Mauer family. Father Mauer, I always enjoyed going to your masses. You blessed my grandparents on their 50 wedding anniversary. May you be at peace in Heaven. Sending many prayers 🙏 ❤️. With sympathy and love, Stephanie Berry

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Lynn G Fulte said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 5:47 PM

Rest in peace little traveler. Will miss you; until we meet again...

  • Belleville
  • IL
Karen Becker said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 3:28 PM

My Prayer Sympathy goes out to the family & Parish members & friends that knew the late +Father Elmar Mauer, OMI May Eternal rest grant unto him. May God comfort the ones that knew him. Karen

  • Hebron
  • Nebraska
thomas kues said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 3:19 PM


  • O Fallon
  • IL
Mary Frances Soltys said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 1:10 PM

I first met Fr. Mauer back in 1978. He was always joyful and full of Christ's love! He was truly Christ's light in this world! Perfect example of following Christ! A blessing in my life! He will be truly missed!

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Jim Shively said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 11:56 AM

Father Elmar never met a stranger... He seemed to have a special aptitude to remember names and relations. An amazing man, who will be missed by us. We are sure that he is in Heaven visiting with his old friends. God bless him.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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