Father Josef Hofstetter
Kalimpong, Jan. 27: Former principal of St Augustine’s School, Father Josef Hofstetter died at a hospital in Saint Maurice, Switzerland yesterday. He was 89 years old.
A Jesuit priest, Father Hofstetter had been in Kalimpong for 46 years after he came to India on November 13, 1948. Apart from serving St Augustine’s School in various capacities, he also worked as the headmaster of St George’s School in Pedong.
The current principal of St Augustine’s School Lawrence Monteiro, said Hofstetter had been suffering for the last three weeks.
“The funeral will take place on Wednesday in Switzerland,” he added. The school will also hold special prayer services in memory of the former principal once it reopens in mid-February after winter vacation.