Pius Cotter, Capuchin Franciscan friar and priest, died on March 3 at the age of 89, after struggling with cancer. Pius Cotter was born on August 18, 1928, the son of the late George and Wivine Mary Cotter, in Appleton, Wisconsin. He was invested in the Capuchin Order on March 18, 1945, perpetually professed a brother on August 19, 1949, ordained a deacon on January 22, 1983, and ordained a priest on June 3, 1988.
From 1945 – 1988, Pius ministered as a lay friar. After ordination in 1988, he served in a pastoral ministry in Chicago, IL, Appleton, WI, Oshkosh, WI, Wautoma, WI, Tigerton, WI, and Brussels, WI. Pius retired from active ministry in 2013.
Pius is survived by a brother, James, in Greenville, WI, and three sisters: Lois Shandonay, Neenah, WI, Mary Peterman, Kingwood, TX, and Ann Uehlein, Kaukauna, WI, as well as his many Capuchin brothers with whom he lived and prayed for 73 years.
He was preceded in death by his sister Therese Benard.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place at 10 am on Saturday, March 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 404 W. Lawrence St., Appleton. Friends may visit from 5 to 8 pm on Friday and after 9 am Saturday at the church. A Vigil Service will take place at 7 pm Friday. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Fidelis Friary for the Capuchins in Assisted Living Care.