Brother Vincent Brunette, OSB, 80, a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Ind., died Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, at the Archabbey following a long illness.
Born in Brazil, on July 9, 1923, he was the son of Leo and Veronica (Bussing) Brunette and received the name Paul Raymond at his baptism. He completed his elementary education at Annunciation Grade School in Brazil. In 1938 he enrolled in St. Placid Hall, Saint Meinrad's former high school program for those considering a vocation as a Benedictine brother.
Following three years at St. Placid Hall, Vincent became a resident candidate in the monastery for six months and was invested as a novice on Feb. 9, 1942. He professed his simple vows on Feb. 10, 1943.
His skills in carpentry, cabinetmaking, stone masonry and other building trades were evident throughout his work career. He helped with the construction of Blue Cloud Abbey in South Dakota. He set the sandstone for St. Bede Hall and other buildings on the Saint Meinrad campus. He built the shrine at Marian Mission in South Pittsburg, Tenn.
He also served for more than 20 years as the manager of Saint Meinrad's Meat Packing Plant. With the closing of the packing plant, he worked with Saint Meinrad's Physical Facilities crew until his retirement.
Survivors include a sister, Margaret McCullough of Terre Haute; two brothers, Clement of Brazil and Robert of Burlington, Ill.; nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. The Office of the Dead will be prayed at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Archabbey Church, followed by visitation until 9 p.m. Visitation will be 8-10:15 a.m. Thursday in the Archabbey Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the Archabbey Cemetery.