CANTON - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Christ the Servant Parish at Our Lady of Peace Church in Canton for Father John R. Nentwick, longtime priest in the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and founder of "The Twelve, Inc." in Stark County.
Born in East Liverpool on November 21, 1936, the son of Norbert R. and Marie B. Maher Nentwick, his death occurred on Tuesday morning, August 21, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. He had made his home most recently in Navarre.
A graduate of St. Aloysius Grade School in East Liverpool and East Liverpool High School with the class of 1954, Father Nentwick spent his early years in business and industry prior to attending the University of Notre Dame and The Franciscan University of Steubenville. In addition, he studied at Youngstown State University and Xavier University before matriculating to St. Gregory and Mount St. Mary Seminaries of the West, both in Cincinnati. He held a bachelor of arts and a masters in education from Athenaeum of Ohio and was ordained as a priest on May 29, 1965 by Bishop James W. Malone in the Cathedral of St. Columba.
He initially served at St. Barbara's Parish in Massillon, and from 1981 to 1986 he served St. Joseph Church in Massillon. In 1986, he was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Peace Church in Canton, from which he retired in 2005.
Under his leadership, "The Twelve, Inc.," a social service agency for youth in the Massillon area, was established in 1965. It originally operated The Carpenter's Shak as a center to plan community-oriented projects. Father Nentwick also served as director of Canton Cursillo Center and was chaplain at both Timken-Mercy Hospital and Indian River School in Massillon.
Other involvements included directorship with JUMP, an organization seeking to build middle-income housing and Jobco, a program he helped organize to assist youth in obtaining summer employment. He chaired the National Youth Advocate program and was a board member of the Canton Association of Churches and Quest Recovery Services. He was president of Massillon Human Relations Council and taught for many years at Canton Central Catholic High School. In addition, he was involved with his family's nursing home operation in East Liverpool and retired as president of Nentwick's Convalescent Center in January of this year.
He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Alfred (Mary) Tambellini, along with several nieces and nephews. Two brothers preceded him in death: Thomas E. Nentwick on February 1, 1992 and James L. Nentwick on October 10, 2002.
Friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Dawson Funeral Home, 215 West Fifth Street, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920, where a prayer service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Additional visitation will be held from 1-4 p.m. prior to the Mass on Friday at Christ the Servant Parish at Our Lady of Peace Church 833 39th Street NW in Canton, Ohio 44709.
Bishop George V. Murray, S.J. of the Youngstown Diocese will officiate at the Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m. Friday. Interment will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday at Columbiana County Memorial Park in East Liverpool.
Contributions may be made to The Twelve, Inc., P.O. Box 376, Massillon, Ohio 44648.
View Father Nentwick's memorial webpage and send condolences at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com.