Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 16, 2012

Readers identify priest, women in photo


---- — Several readers identified the History Center of Traverse City archive photo published in the Community section on April 9.

Lavonne Mathison said the woman pictured in the center is her grandmother, Dora Koenig.

The priest is Father Joseph Kohler, pastor at Traverse City St. Francis Catholic Church. The woman on the left is Mrs. Raymond Kimmet.

Mathison found the same photo in an undated Record-Eagle newspaper clipping. The photo was taken during a St. Francis school PTA founders' dinner held at Traverse City Central High School. Mathison said her grandmother was guest of honor at the dinner.

Kathryn A. Kimmet said the woman on the left in the light colored suit is her mother, Blanche E. Kimmet (Mrs. Raymond). Kimmet added that her mother was active in many organizations including the first Traverse City president of the League of Women Voters, Michigan Federation of Womens Clubs, St. Francis PTA, Girl Scout Board, Mayor's Advisory Committee and the Traverse City State Hospital Tri-Faith Chapel Board.

Elaine Kozlowski also identified Father Kohler and Blanche Kimmet. Kozlowski noted that her mother was St. Francis PTA president from 1941-43. Kozlowski said Kimmet appears to be wearing a past president PTA pin like her mother's.

Tim Bramer recognized Father Kohler and Mrs. Kimmet. Bramer said he served as an altar boy while Father Kohler was pastor at St. Francis. Bramer added that he graduated from St. Francis High School in 1956.

Gerald Martineau also named Father Kohler. He said his family lived across the street from St. Francis. "As an altar boy during my elementary and high school years, I served at many Masses he (Kohler) celebrated," Martineau said in an email.

History Center of Traverse City archive photos that appear in the Community section can be found at