Heights Funeral Home


Fr. Carl Anthony Tenhunfeld

December 17, 1928October 14, 2020

Father Carl Tenhundfeld died Thursday, October 14, at his home in Houston with long-time friends and family. He was 91 years old. A memorial Mass will be held for Father Carl at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston, the church where he served as pastor for nearly 15 years, 215 E. 10th St., Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 10 a.m. His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, D.D., S.T.L., will be the celebrant, with priests of the diocese as concelebrants. Father Carl was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Catholic school growing up until joining the Passionists Fathers’ seminary in St. Louis. He earned his degree in History at St. Louis University and was ordained into the priesthood on March 26, 1955. Father Carl taught nine years at the Passionists' seminary before moving to Houston in 1965 where he was named director of the Passionists’ Holy Name Retreat Center. During his 19-year tenure at the Center, he conducted regular religious retreats as well as built a significant retreat ministry for members of AA and Al-Anon. In 1984, Father Carl was appointed Director of the Renew Program for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, joined the Diocesan clergy and was appointed pastor of All Saints parish in the Heights. Upon completion of a four-year term running the Renew Program, Father Carl became the Director for Evangelization for the Diocese and was elected President of the National Council for Catholic Evangelization, serving for five years. He also served as Chaplain of the Northwest Serra Club and was instrumental in helping initiate Life Awareness, a program promoting religious life vocations. Following his retirement from All Saints, Father Carl served as the Spiritual Director for the Journey to Damascus, an ecumenical retreat program. Visitation will be held Monday, October 19, 2020 from 5-7 PM in the chapel of Heights Funeral Home, with the Rosary being recited at 7 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Carl will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio where he will be buried alongside his parents, Edward and Otillia. Father Carl had three brothers and three sisters and is survived by his brother Paul, sister Marlene and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. It was Father Carl’s request that donations in his honor be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Society in Houston for aid to the poor, Casa Juan Diego, 4919 Rose, Houston, Texas 77007, or the Eucharistic Missionaries of Saint Therese in Mexico City c/o Sister Diane Perales, Manizales 745 Colonia Lindavist, Mexico City, Mexico 07300.


  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Fr. Carl Anthony Tenhunfeld

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October 24, 2020

A dear friend and confidant. He will be missed like no other friend. He is in a better place, no pain, no sorrow, no decay. Until we meet again.

Melissa Tenhundfeld

October 22, 2020

10 yrs ago i called Uncle Carl out of the blue and had never spoke to him before. I said to him "this is your great neice Melissa, your brother Chas ( Duke ) is my grandpa an Tom is my dad. How are you?" I was calling because of troubles in my life at the time were so hard and painful i didn't know who to go to. All my aunts and uncles would talk about him and some would say "give him a call" I told him nothing but the truth and he had nothing but open arms and love for me. He wasn't shocked by what demons i was fighting. I felt so comfortable and safe when i spilled my heart out the first time we spoke. That first conversa was 3hr long. From then on we had started a relationship. He was ALWAYS there. I would pick him up from Uncle Pauls and drove him around so he could see who he needed to see. I was lucky enough to get baptized by him at Aunt Mimi house. The past few years i fell back into my awful rut and i blocked myself from the world. I should of called him or emailed him or facebooked him. I should of called him before he passed. I wish so much i would of called. RIP Uncle Carl. Until we meet again❤ Missy

andrew caldwell

October 20, 2020

Father Carl was a great friend of my dad Robert X Caldwell and mom Marie T Caldwell. We attended Christmas Eve Mass annually
and Mom and Dad did several retreats Our Familys thoughts and prayers to you

Ana Cummings

October 19, 2020

Father Carl was a dear friend who loved the All Saints Hispanic Community as much as he loved Our Lady of Guadalupe. He shared his life with us at All Saints with the utmost enthusiasm and fostered community and religious education for all. After his retirement, he was always willing to celebrate a private Mass in our homes, where he made everyone laugh with his delight in sharing our meals and our company. I will miss him but God gained a faithful priest who must be enjoying his new home. Until we meet again, Father Carl.

Jacqueline Hall

October 18, 2020

I was his banker for years but he was more than a customer to me, he was sweetest, funniest man l know; l will TRULY MISS HIM.

Matt Hoffman

October 18, 2020

When my father-in-law, Wayne, went with me on his pilgrim journey, Fr. Carl told him, "Wayne, Christ is counting on you," to which Wayne was expected to respond, "And I am counting on Christ." Wayne, however, was not wearing his hearing aids when Fr. Carl gave the instructions, so he responded instead with, "Well, he's been counting on me for a long time." Fr. Carl simply said, "Good answer."

Matt Hoffman

October 18, 2020

When my father in law, Wayne, went with me on his Pilgrim Journey, Father Carl told him "Wayne, Christ is counting on you," to which Wayne was expected to respond "and I am counting on Christ," but Wayne hadn't been wearing his hearing aids when Father Carl gave the instructions, so he responded instead with "well, He's been counting on me for a long time." Father Carl simply said "Good answer."

Janie Lemons

October 18, 2020

What a wonderful man he was! Very true man of Faith in God!
Janie Lemons #JTD 164

Sandra & Anthony Provenzano

October 18, 2020

Father Carl was our Priest and a dear friend. He married our daughter, gave last rights to our mother, conducted her funeral service and baptized two of our grand children. We spent many new year eves together and he will be missed.
May he Rest In Peace.

The Provenzano Family.

Kelli Beaty

October 17, 2020

No words can express how much this man was loved and I’ll never forget the twinkle in his eyes every single time I saw him! It was always a pleasure to spend time with him. I know his crown in heaven is filled with the finest jewels! Until we meet again Father Carl! ❤️


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