By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer
MORROW - The Rev. Edward B. Stolze, pastor of St. Philip the Apostle Church here, died of a heart attack at the church before Mass Sunday. He was 56.
Father Stolze served for many years on the marriage tribunal staff.
"Many will remember Father Stolze as a devoted friend, ever ready with a joke or word of encouragement," said the Rev. Christopher Armstrong, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. "Many married couples benefited from his ministry in the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement."
Before being assigned to St. Philip in 1999, Father Stolze served as pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Milford and St. Louis Parish, downtown.
He also served as associate pastor at St. William and St. Teresa of Avila, both in Price Hill, the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains, downtown, St. Bernard in Taylor Creek, the former Holy Angels in O'Bryonville, and Sts. Peter and Paul in Reading.
Father Stolze's priestly formation began at St. Gregory Seminary and he completed studies in philosophy and theology at Mount St. Mary Seminary. He was ordained May 27, 1972, by then-Archbishop Paul F. Leibold.
Survivors include: his mother, Edna Heiss Stolze of Morrow; four brothers, Jim, Ted, Rick and Rob Stolze; and a sister, Judy Robb.
Mass of Christian burial is 10:30 a.m. today at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 944 E. U.S. 22., followed by burial at St. Joseph Old Cemetery in Price Hill.
Memorials: St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church Building Fund, 944 E. U.S. 22, Morrow, OH 45152.
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