David Otis Munroe
David Otis Munroe

November 8, 1925 - February 22, 2018
Born in Chicago, IL
Resided in Centerville, Ohio


David Otis Munroe died peacefully at home in hospice care February 22, 2018, in Centerville, OH.

Husband of Lenore (nee Stucker), father of Susan (Maurie) Milne, Sarah (Ed) Seydel, and Meg (Kendall) Draeger, grandfather of Chris (Katelyn) Milne, Anne Milne, Emily Draeger, and Amanda Draeger.

Born in Chicago, November 8, 1925, David lived and worked in the Chicago area until 1963. As a young man, Dave attended Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, and over the years maintained close relationships with his high school friends. He served in the Army Air Corps in Alaska, returning to earn an MBA from the University of Chicago.

A long-time resident of the “East side” of Chicago, David met his first wife, Mary Ann (nee Schiffer) whom he married in October 1948. At some point in the very early years of marriage, perhaps on their honeymoon, Dave got a taste of magical Cape Cod that would offer respite, sand, sea, and sailing during multiple family vacations in later years. Many extended family members of both sides lived in the Chicago area, and family gatherings and support were plentiful through the years as their family grew with two daughters, Susan and Sarah.

Mary Ann and Dave lived in Homewood, Illinois until 1963 when IBM offered Dave a transfer to Westchester County NY which he accepted with excitement. Dave had experienced glimpses of the beautiful Hudson Valley during business trips to NY (by train in those days) and visits with an older brother and his family living in NY. And, by the way, NY was all that much closer to Cape Cod.

Mary Ann and Dave moved to Dobbs Ferry, NY in late 1963, and soon after welcomed their third daughter, Meg. Dave continued to enjoy working for IBM, and was on-board when the company finally “allowed” more than a white shirt, perhaps blue, with the suit. Having a home computer was also becoming more than a dream, but the daughters did not believe this. Outside of work during these years, Dave became involved with various volunteer activities: his parish, Sacred Heart, in Dobbs Ferry, the Village Zoning Board, and the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library.

And oh the sailing! First testing the waters with a small sailboat on nearby lakes - later, graduating to a bit bigger sailboat that could accommodate a guest or two, usually on the open waters of the Hudson River, launching from Nyack, NY. Lo and behold, this 14 foot boat could also be trailered to Cape Cod, to what became an annual vacation spot. Hard-a-lee!

Dave retired from IBM in 1989 and returned to the Midwest, moving with Mary Ann to the Cincinnati area. Cowan Lake provided a calm sailing venue, and Dave continued his commitment to serving his Church and community. He began a long-standing relationship with St. Joseph’s Church and School in Cincinnati, volunteering for about a decade as business manager for the parish. He also assisted with business operations at Venice on Vine and Power Inspires Progress. By then, four grandchildren were also nearby providing lots of new family activities.

After being widowed in 2003, Dave continued to be a voracious reader, analyzer, and sometime sailor, and he maintained his commitment to various community and church activities, a local railroad club, a clock club, and faith discussion groups. He later married Lenore, and they were able to enjoy 14 years of love, companionship, and travel.

The waters of Cape Cod always beckoned, and the whole family celebrated Dave’s 90th birthday in Cape Cod, complete with a glorious catboat sail on Pleasant Bay, visit to the Cape Cod National Seashore, and a lobster dinner.

David was a quiet, humble gentleman, always a thinker, and always ready to help. He was a tremendous father and grandfather. We will miss him, his wit, his laugh, and his love. In glory, he joins his parents, 3 brothers who died in infancy, 3 other older brothers, an older sister, and his first wife.

We will celebrate David’s life with a funeral Mass, on Saturday, February 24 at 1:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Church, 742 Ezzard Charles Drive, Cincinnati, with visitation beginning at 12:30 at the Church. Burial will be the following week at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chicago.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Church (notation Bell Tower Restoration Fund), to Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, or Maryknoll Lay Missioners.




Visitation followed by Service
St. Joseph’s Church
742 Ezzard Charles Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
Saturday, February 24, 2018
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers
P.O. Box 302
Maryknoll, NY US 10545
Maryknoll Missionaries
P.O. Bo 327
Maryknoll, NY US 10545-0327
Bell Tower fund for St. Joseph Church
745 Ezzard Charles Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203