News from San Antonio Church – December 18, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin December 18, 2022

by Terrie Evans

On this last Sunday of Advent, please remember the members of the Studt and Marckesano Families as we light the final purple candle (Faith) on our Advent Wreath.   On December 5th, our San Antonio Church Community held the funeral Mass of Robert “Bob” Martin Studt, our oldest and most valued parishioner who became a member of our church since his marriage to Louise (Marckesano) Studt.  Bob along with brothers Charles, John, and sister Margaret (Studt) Mappin also attended our church and developed many friendships within the community of South Fairmount.  In the 1930 census, Bob’s parents, Mary and Carl Studt lived at 1550 Dudley Street when Charles was 9, John was 8, Margaret (Margie) was 7 and Bob was 6 years old.   When World War II broke out, he was 18 years old and working for George Smith on River Road and Mt. Hope Avenue at the Electrical Tool Company when he registered for the draft on June 30, 1942.  On September 24, 1942, he was selected for the Naval Reserve and later that year, Boatswain Mate Robert Studt was serving on the U.S.S. Saratoga (named after the 1777 Battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary War) patrolling Alaskan waters.  On his return, Robert Martin Studt 22, married 18 Louise Marckesano on March 15, 1946, and welcomed their first child daughter Sandra on November 23rd, 1946.   In 1947, Robert joined the Cincinnati Fire Department serving at Engine Company 3 on Ninth and Broadway where he was active in the Miles of Dimes Bucket Brigade.

In 1949, Robert was one of 8 part time Cincinnati Sailors and among 300 Naval Reservists who participated in a yearly two-week training exercise on a Caribbean Cruise leaving from New Orleans: visiting Guantanamo Bay Cuba and Puerto Rico before returning home.  On his return, Bob went back to his regular job with the CFD, until he was recalled into active service on October 9, 1950, assigned to the naval Base in Sasebo, Japan.  Boatswain Mate Second Class Studt was overseas when Louise (Marckesano) Studt delivered their second child, a son William Robert Studt on December 3, 1950.  On his return, he was assigned to Ladder Company 2 at Liberty and Linn Streets and then as an Engineer with Engine 12 where he proudly served until retirement.  Throughout his career with CFD, Bob always took time to volunteer at the General Protestant Orphanage Feast for their yearly fundraiser.      

Bob was a long-standing supporter at San Antonio Church, serving at Mass, as an Usher and every few years, replacing the vinyl seat cushions on the chairs in our Hall.  He worked the yearly Festivals, Fish Frys, and Monte Carlo Nights while Bob and Louise were active in the Men and Ladies Sodality.   After moving on from on from the Cincinnati Fire Department, Bob became the President of the Retired Firefighters Association who rented our Hall for their monthly meeting and luncheon.  Bob introduced many of his associates to our church as he made his signature lunches for them to enjoy including his “Fire House Chili” which can be found on page 31 of our” Mangia” Recipe Book. 

Our Parishioners have all missed seeing him at Sunday Mass.  Bob was one of those gentlemen from the “Greatest Generation” who married the love of his life, worked hard, served his country in two Wars, and raised a family he was very proud of.  We send our condolences to Sandy Schroeder, Bill Studt, Debbie Poland and their families who have continued to carry on Bob and Louise’s volunteer spirit at San Antonio Church.   In the future, we hope to see Bob and Louise’s Family join us at our Sunday Mass.  Many prayers are being sent to the Studt Family members for the loss of your Patriarch and a great guy we will never forget!

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