The Rev. William Nikolai, 78, a former pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Stevens Point, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse.
Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 21, at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral in La Crosse. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Wausau.
Visitation was Friday, Oct. 20, at the cathedral.
Blaschke Funeral Home in La Crosse assisted with arrangements.
The Rev. Nikolai was born July 19, 1922, in Glen Oak, Wis., a son of the late August and Irene (Hartwig) Nikolai.
He completed his theological studies at the Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio, where he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse by Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani on May 30, 1948.
He first assignment was as an assistant at Holy Trinity Parish in La Crosse. He became an instructor at Aquinas High School in La Crosse and chaplain at Aquinas Convent in 1951, then chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital in Wausau in 1954.
He served as assistant pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Black River Falls and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Marathon before becoming administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Adams in 1957 and then pastor of Holy Family Parish in Willard from 1963-1969 and pastor of St. James Parish in Wausau.
In 1976 he became pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Stevens Point, serving until 1979. He was then assigned as pastor at St. Peter Parish in Tilden until 1988 when he became pastor at St. Henry Parish in Eau Galle.
He retired from his pastoral duties in 1993 and had been living at Holy Cross Diocesan Center in La Crosse since then.
Survivors include two brothers, Philip (Margaret) and Russell (Leila), both of Rothschild.