‘The Catholic press loses a matriarch’

Ethel Gintoft with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan. (Sam Lucero/The Compass)

Ethel Gintoft with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan in February. (Sam Lucero/The Compass)

That was the headline on a blog item posted last night about a dear friend to many of us, Ethel Gintoft, the retired associate publisher and executive editor of the Catholic Herald in Milwaukee, who died last week. (See “Ethel M. Gintoft: Remembering a Catholic Herald legend.) The tribute was written by Sam Lucero, editor of The Compass, newspaper of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis.

Ethel meant a lot to members of the Catholic press, and Sam’s tribute (earlier yesterday he was in Milwaukee for Ethel’s funeral Mass) in just a few sentences captures much of why that was. You can read the rest of Sam’s tribute here.

Also posting a tribute to Ethel yesterday was Heidi Schlumpf of the National Catholic Reporter. Heidi too captures what Ethel meant, writing, “At a time when women were still struggling for respect in newsrooms, she was succeeding in one owned by the male-dominated Catholic Church.” Read the rest here.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord …

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