Alumni Stories

Elmer Dunsky

Blessed be our God! Our Brother, Elmer Dunsky, has been called to an everlasting dwelling place with the saints, in the 91st year of his age and the 73rd year of his religious profession. He died on the 20th of September in Cupertino, California. Let us thank God for the gift of his life; let us thank Mary our Mother for the gift of his perseverance. Together, let us pray that he may rest in the peace of Christ.

Bro. Elmer Dunsky, SM
May He rest in God’s peace.

Bro. Elmer Dunsky is the last of the pioneer Marianist Staff who came to St. John’s back in 1937. He died on September 20, 2008. Those pioneers left us a legacy – activity, faith, individuality, personhood, responsible freedom. These values were spelled out in great sports teams, a band, personal clothing and a locker to keep our belongings safe, etc. We were offered faith, hope, and love. It meant a future, despite the difficulties we may have experienced in our lives. We were grateful people and appreciated what was done for us. We were handed a legacy. Legacies cannot be hoarded. They are passed on from generation to generation. That is our task now – to share the values we learned at St. John’s with our families, our neighbors, and our new residents at St. John’s.

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