Please remember in your prayers University of St. Thomas employee Nicholas Honigschmidt, 46, who died Sunday, Aug. 14.

Nicholas Honigschmidt

Nicholas Honigschmidt

Honigschmidt, of Minneapolis, graduated from St. Thomas in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He later received his master’s from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Honigschmidt had been stockroom manager for St. Thomas’ Chemistry Department for the past three years. He previously had worked 14 years as a chemist for Eli Lilly and Co.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Father Patrick Tobin, O.P., of the Center for Ministry and the Chemistry Department, will celebrate the Mass.

Honigschmidt is survived by his wife, Gina; a son, Ike; mother, Judy Honigschmidt; and sisters, Valerie-Jo Honigschmidt and Elizabeth Ostapowycz. He was preceded in death by his father, Ken.

Members of the St. Thomas community who would like support or assistance in dealing with Nick’s death are welcome to contact the Center for Ministry, (651) 962-6560, or Counseling and Psychological Services, (651) 962-6780.

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4 Responses

  1. Phil Buhlmann

    I got to know Nick when he contacted me as the director of graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Minnesota. I was impressed by his love of chemistry and his strong desire and will to get into our graduate program in order to get a PhD in chemistry. He absolutely wanted to make it happen. Before officially applying to the program, he took courses in the department in the last fall and spring and did very well at that. Sadly, the admissions committee never had the chance to discuss his application. He is leaving us impressed by a man with a vision.

  2. Grace Herbertz

    Though I never met him, I am saddened by how early his death was, and I will definitely be praying for him and all those impacted by him.

  3. Jean K Takeuchi

    I received the news yesterday from someone at Lilly, Nick’s former colleague. I am utterly in shock with the news. I was one of Nick’s supervisors when He worked at Lilly. I cannot express my shock and sympathy enough for his wife Gina. Nevertheless, please extend my deepest sympathy and prayer to her and her extended family.