Fr. Philip S. Haslinger M.R.E., M-Div.

November 22, 1944December 3, 2018

Fr. Philip S. Haslinger, M.R.E., M-Div., 74, of Fremont, OH died Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born November 22, 1944 in Fremont, the son of Paul and Jane (Ochs) Haslinger. Fr. Philip was a graduate of St. Joseph High in Fremont, St. Mary College in Kentucky and Catholic Seminary of Indianapolis. Prior to his ordination he served as a Deacon at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Carmel, IN. He was a 3rd and 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and was ordained May 27, 1972. Fr. Philip was the Associate Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in West Lafayette and also served as the Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Lafayette, Kokomo in 1973. He served as the Civilian Chaplain at Grissom Air Force Base, Bunker Hill, Director of Pastoral Care at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo and completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis. Fr. Haslinger was Pastor of Our Lady of Grace, Noblesville; St. Mary, Alexandria; St. Charles Peru; All Saintes, Logansport and served as Associate Pastor at St. Alphonsus, Zionsville and St. Louis de Montfort, Fisher. In addition to his appointment to Dean of the Logansport deanery, he held positions as chaplain at Miami Correctional Facility, Bunker Hill and Logansport State Hospital. His final assignment was the Little Sisters of the Poor in Indianapolis. He was an avid collector with an interest in Santa Claus memorabilia. Surviving are his siblings: Jude (Rhonda) Haslinger of Hamilton, OH; George (Dianne) Haslinger of Maumee, OH and Marita (Patrick) Hickof Fremont, OH; nieces and nephews: Judy (Thomas) Shaffer, Jennifer Haslinger and Paul (Lori) Haslinger. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 3-7 P.M. at Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home, 416 S. Arch Street, Fremont, OH. A Mass of Resurrection will begin at 10:00A.M. on Monday, December 10, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bishop Hoffman Catholic Schools or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be expressed at


  • Visitation Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, December 10, 2018

Fr. Philip S. Haslinger M.R.E., M-Div.

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John Cohoat

December 11, 2018

I've only known Father Phil for about 5 years as I got to meet him when he was saying daily Mass and hearing confessions at St. Elizabeth Seton in Carmel, Indiana. He became a spiritual companion for me and then a friend. I helped him move into The Augustine Home when he became chaplain there for the Little Sisters of the Poor.
We talked about life a lot and he shared many of his regrets and sufferings with me. He helped me understand my own situation better and always had a kind word of encouragement. He treated me to lunch a few times, including at the Augustine Home when I'd visit for mid-day Mass.
I always appreciated his homilies, You could tell that he thought them through and, although delivered off the cuff, they were clear and full of truths for life.
Since he moved to Ohio, we've only been able to talk by phone. I am so happy that I called him a few weeks ago. He told me he had been experiencing several ailments and setbacks, but he only wondered what God had in store for him. Now we know that God wanted his suffering to end so he could move to eternal peace in due course.
I pray for Father Phil's soul and know that he touched many while on earth with us. I hope that he will pray for me. It's the last thing I asked him.

Linda spear

December 11, 2018

He served at our Parish St. Charles in Peru. What a wonderful priest. He was always there for our parish, when there was a need. God Bless You Father. Now run with the Angels.....

Deacon Bill Reid

December 10, 2018

Fr. Phil was a good friend and a great priest. He had the uncanny ability to begin a homily with a joke, and then to connect it with the Gospel and make it relevant to our lives. He had an infectious sense of humor combined with great pastoral skills. I miss my friend; may he rest in eternal peace.

Ted Archer

December 10, 2018

Father Phil .... a man that will never be lost in my mind His guidance and caring attitude towards our assembly will always be some of the best thoughts

God speed my brother Father Phil. The Lord needs you now Thank you for your time.

Rest In Peace

Pamelia Storms-Barrett

December 10, 2018

Father Phil was so kind and I loved his sense of humor. It was a privilege to work with him during my tenure at the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. Always faithful, always joyful, always welcoming. May he rest in peace.

Susan (Forgatsch) Rees

December 9, 2018

My deepest condolences to the entire family. We lived across the street from The Haslinger family. Marita and I were the same age and were friends through our early years. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Michael Molyet

December 9, 2018

I share your grief in the loss of a truly good man. Hopefully we can find solace in our happy memories of family times and gatherings. I find particular joy in the memory of the special connection shared by Phil and Elaine.
I am making a donation to the Sandusky County Humane Society in Phil’s memory.

Bradley McClain

December 9, 2018

Fr. Phil was the pastor at St. Charles in Peru, Indiana, while I was in high school. As one of the church organists, I got to work with him at church and the funeral home that my family owned. He had a great sense of humor and one of my favorite memories was his reaction whenvever he would ask the youth what things could be improved at the church a friend of mine and I always said, "padded pews!" He replied frequently that there were many things needed far greater than cushions for our rumps. When we graduated from high school, Fr. Phil gave both of us a picture of himself and a whoopie cushion that he wrote on it, "here's your pew cushion!" We always threatened to hide them under his chair at the font of church, but we weren't sure whether he'd find that as humorous as giving them to us! I'm truly saddened that I am unable to come over for his funeral tomorrow. I miss his friendship and his loving personality. I know that his time at Peru was not his favorite ministerial role, but several of us will never forget the loving and kind personality of Fr. Phil! May he rest etenally in peace.

Carter Colby

December 9, 2018

Father Phil was wonderful person that cared very much for others. He brought me into the Catholic Faith. I will always have fond memories of him. We had many heartfelt conversations of where I had been and what direction would give me peace. Thank you Father Phil for your loving guidance. I ,as many, will miss you.
Carter J.

Bryan Molyet

December 9, 2018

My best memories of “Cousin Phil”are the many days we spent together as kids at our home or the Haslinger home. We had such fun and the laughter never stopped. Also, Fr. Phil was gracious enough to preside over my wedding.

Rest In Peace, Fr. Phil, you’ve run a good race.