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Services: To be held for Fr. John Walsh
-- Posted: 9/26/2006, 6:52 p.m. Central Time
LAKE MILLS -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 602 College St., Lake Mills, for Fr. John B. Walsh, 78, pastor emeritus of the Diocese of Madison, who died September 22.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino will be the principal celebrant of the Mass and Fr. David Runde will be the homilist.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home, 5701 Odana Rd., Madison, and at St. Francis Xavier Church on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Ill., on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 12 noon.
Father Walsh was born on September 11, 1928 in Chicago, Ill., to Ellen and Bartholomew Walsh. Siblings Cleta Herman and Thomas Walsh survive him.
He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1956. He then studied philosophy at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Ill., and theology at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Bishop William P. O'Connor ordained Father Walsh a priest on May 25, 1957 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison.
He served as assistant pastor at St. John Vianney Parish, Janesville, and St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison. He became a chaplain in the Wisconsin National Guard in 1959, served on active duty with the United States Army in 1961-62, and was honorably discharged in 1969.
Following active duty he was appointed assistant pastor at St. Thomas Parish, Beloit, and instructor at Beloit Catholic High School (BCHS). He continued at BCHS while serving his first pastorate at St. Augustine Parish, Footville.
He also served as pastor at St. Joseph Parish, Edgerton; St. Joseph Parish, Baraboo; and St. Francis Xavier Parish, Lake Mills, with the mission of St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Johnson Creek, from which he retired in 2001.
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Bishop Morlino has appointed Fr. Donald J. Heiar, Jr., as vicar general of the Diocese of Madison and Fr. Kevin D. Holmes as rector of St. Raphael Cathedral and pastor of Holy Redeemer and St. Patrick Parishes in Madison.
Bishop Morlino commented, "I am very pleased to appoint Father Heiar and Father Holmes to their respective new assignments. Father Heiar will be my trusted collaborator in the day-to-day governance of the diocese, and Father Holmes will be my trusted collaborator in my preaching and teaching office at the Cathedral Church and a most able pastor of our parish communities at Holy Redeemer and St. Patrick's."
Father Heiar is a native of Viroqua. He attended UW-Platteville and did his seminary studies at Mundelein Seminary in Ill. Father Heiar was ordained to the priesthood in 2000. Full story ...
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They seemed to reflect the love of the group of more than 150 persons who gathered in the serene setting on a recent sunny afternoon.
Those interested in remembering a recent or past death of a baby can call the cemetery office at
608-754-3472 for information.
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