PARK RIDGE, N.J. -- The Rev. Monsignor Carl Derivaux Hinrichsen, a resident of Park Ridge, died Tuesday, May 3. He was 94.
Born Nov. 6,1921, in Newark, he attended St. Benedict’s Prep. Class of 1939. He then attended Princeton University, graduating from an accelerated program in January 1943 with a degree in economics. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1942 and after completing officer training school, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and was sent to study German at the University of Missouri.
In January 1945, he was sent to the Pacific Theater, stationed at Saipan, Okinawa, and then Japan with the Army of Occupation. He returned home in June 1946 as a first lieutenant, and after being discharged went to work for Prudential Insurance in Newark. Not long after, he was called to a vocation in the priesthood and was ordained June 5, 1955 as a priest at the Archdiocese of Newark. His first assignment was St. Leo’s parish in Irvington, where his uncle, Father Francis X. Derivaux, earlier served as parish priest until his death in 1923.
Father Carl later attended Catholic University, earning his doctorate in 1960. His next assignment was Immaculate Conception Seminary, where he taught from 1961-72. He returned to parish ministry in Maplewood, Ridgewood and then Franklin Lakes. As pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament, he led fundraising and church building efforts. He served in Franklin Lakes until his retirement in 1994.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Our Lady of Mercy R.C. Church, Park Ridge. A vigil Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, followed by interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in East Orange.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations be made in his name to the OLM Haiti Mission. Arrangements by Robert Spearing Funeral Home Inc., 155 Kinderkamack Road, Park Ridge.