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Carl Remigius Monnin

Obituary for Carl Remigius Monnin

March 13, 1934 - May 18, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 83

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Carl Remigius Monnin, age 83, died on May 18, 2017, in Austin, TX, with his family by his side. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Pat Monnin; his daughters, Kim (Jeff Ersig) and Michelle Murillo (Boris); son, Jon (Joi); grandchildren, Mirko (20), Lucio (16), Brielle (8), Noah (6), and Lola (3); sister, Luella McQuality (Kettering, OH); brother-in-law, Paul Tegenkamp (Kettering, OH); sister-in-law, Phyllis Monnin (Dayton, OH); and several much-loved extended family members.

Carl was born in Russia, OH on March 13, 1934. When he was 6 years old, his family moved to Dayton, OH. He called Dayton home for many years to come, attending St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School and Chaminade High School (1952). He earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the University of Dayton in 1957, and an MBA from Xavier University in 1960.

In 1963, Carl moved to New Britain, CT, where he first laid eyes on a beautiful woman working as a receptionist. He made a point to greet her each morning in passing, and eventually mustered enough courage to ask her on a date. Of course she said 'yes'! This was the beginning of a magical love story. Carl and Pat were married on February 19, 1966.

In their early lives together, Carl and Pat moved about the country, living in Miami, FL, Montclair, NJ, Mansfield, OH, San Jose, CA, Lititz, PA, and Bloomington, IL. They were blessed with four children: two daughters, Kim and Michelle, and two sons, Carl, Jr. and Jon. Kim and Jon live with their families in Austin, while Michelle lives with her family in McGregor, TX.

Carl and Pat's son, Carl, Jr., was born in 1973, and lived only briefly after birth. Since then, he has been resting safely in God's arms. Carl wholeheartedly believed in His divine compassion; nevertheless, his heart still longed for his child. However, this mortal affliction is now dissolved, for they are surely together now. As King David said of his baby who died, they cannot come to me but I shall go to them (2 Samuel 12:23).

Carl and his family moved to Austin, TX in 1981, calling this city 'home' for the last 36 years. In 1984, Carl and his wife Pat founded Corporate Investment International. They built the company into one of the more prominent and successful business brokerage firms in the country. Carl retired in 2004, but continued to share his vast business and financial experience. He was a volunteer counselor for the SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives), an organization that provides guidance, counseling, and advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Carl leaves behind a legacy of faith, fellowship and service. He was a devout member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church since its conception in 1984, and participated in various parish ministries. With his rich baritone voice and diverse singing experience, he was a founding member of the SJN choir and continued to sing for more than twenty years. Carl was also a lector, involved in RCIA, Knights of Columbus and CRHP. His generous spirit was exemplified through his volunteer work with Mobile Loaves & Fishes, The Gabriel Project Life Center and Kairos Prison Ministry. Finally, one of Carl's favorite activities was his weekly Tuesday morning visit to The Summit retirement center (in conjunction with the Communion Service Team) to sing for and worship with the residents. For many years he regularly visited The Summit. Even most recently, when he was ill, Carl made clear to his doctors that he had a standing 'appointment' on Tuesday mornings that he did not want to miss.

By all standards, Carl was an amazing man who led an exemplary life. Those who knew him well would describe him as intelligent, passionate, driven, hard working, persistent and courageous. He had a bright, warm smile, a resounding laugh, and an endearing, silly sense of humor. His greatest pride and joy, by far, was his family. Ever present for his children's academic and extracurricular activities, Carl was a very committed father. He taught his children to fight for what they believe in, that hard work and dedication pay off, and to always strive to be their best. When his grandchildren were born, they became the light of his life. His eyes truly brightened each time he saw them, and they loved their Grandpa, too. He proved without a doubt that a Father & Grandfather can bestow a love like no other. Undoubtedly, Carl would be happiest being remembered by all who knew him as a man who vehemently loved his family.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, May 26, 2017 at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church (Austin, TX).

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Carl's name to the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease or Bright Horizons (c/o Emmaus Catholic Parish, Austin, TX)

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  • In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Carl's name to the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease or Bright Horizons (c/o Emmaus Catholic Parish, Austin, TX)

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