For the past four decades, Brother Edmund Zuppinger has dedicated himself to the selfless service of others through his work with the Brother of Mercy congregation.
To commemorate his 40th Jubilee, a celebratory mass was held on Sunday, July 7th at the Sacred Heart Home Chapel on the Brothers of Mercy Wellness Campus. Many family, friends and colleagues gathered to witness Brother Edmund renew his vows, and enjoyed a wonderful brunch following the ceremony.
The eldest of 9 children, Brother Edmund was born and raised in nearby South Buffalo. At his Jubilee ceremony, friends of the Zuppinger family fondly recalled their childhood years spent with him and his family. With 8 of her own children in tow, their mother would often babysit Brother Edmund and his siblings while the Zuppingers enjoyed evenings out Irish Dancing. The philosophy: “Once you have 8 kids, what are 9 more?”
Brother Edmund and his 4 sisters were Irish dancers, and Brother is very proud of his sister who won many awards for her performances. Brother Edmund attended Father Baker High School, and upon graduation enlisted in the Navy. From November 1969 – September 1972, he travelled with the Navy through many parts of the Mediterranean. One of his most memorable highlights from that time was his visit to Naples, Italy, where he had an audience with Pope Paul VI.
After the Navy, Brother Edmund returned to the WNY area and attended business school at Bryant & Stratton College. Prior to discerning a vocation with the Brothers of Mercy, he worked at Buffalo General Hospital. In 1978, Brother was called to the Brothers of Mercy congregation, eventually moving to their Jewett Parkway residence to receive C.N.A. training. And so began his chapter in home health care, where he compassionately administered to the needs of those at home, as part of the Brothers of Mercy mission of care.
Brother Edmund served the WNY community through the Brothers’ Jewett Parkway outpost until it was sold in 1995. After returning to Clarence, he continued his work as a C.N. A. at Sacred Heart Home. Many team members at Brothers of Mercy fondly recall his time spent in service at the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he worked alongside so many in various departments, including Medical Records, Admissions, the front desk, mail room and Social Services.
Most recently, Brother Edmund can be found working with the Spiritual Care department, where he assists with sacristy and mass at the Sacred Heart Home Chapel. When asked what he feels the most important aspect of being a Brother is…what feels closest to his heart, Brother Edmund didn’t miss a beat with his reply: “When I worked as a C.N.A., I met so many wonderful people and families that needed my help and guidance. Being able to help others that were less fortunate felt very good!”