The Rev. Donald Walczak, 65, pastor of St. Casimir Catholic Church in the town of Hull and St. Mary Catholic Church in Torun, died unexpectedly Saturday, April 7, 2001, at the home of his mother in Stevens Point.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, with Bishop Raymond Burke of the La Crosse Diocese officiating. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at St. Casimir Catholic Church in the town of Hull. A Bible vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m., and a general rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will be held again from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Catholic Church until the services.
Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to St. Casimir and St. Mary of Torun Parish and to the La Crosse Dioceses Priest Retirement Fund.
The Rev. Walczak was born June 20, 1935, in Stevens Point, a son of Gertrude (Kozelek) Walczak and the late Victor Walczak. He attended St. Peter Catholic Grade School and P.J. Jacobs High School.
He attended Jordan Salvatorian Seminary in Menominee, Mich., for two years. He studied philosophy at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse and theology at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee.
He was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. John P. Treacy, bishop of La Crosse, on May 25, 1963, at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral in La Crosse.
His first assignment was as an assistant to the Rev. Edmund Klimek, pastor of SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Independence on June 19, 1963.
He served as an assistant to the Rev. Lloyd Geissler at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Marathon City from 1964 to 1966, to Monsignor Anthony Wagener and later to Monsignor J. Francis Brady at St. John Nepomucene Parish in Prairie du Chien from 1966 and 1969 and to the Rev. Charles Wolf at St. Charles Borromea Parish in Chippewa Falls from 1969 to 1973.
While in Prairie du Chien he was also an instructor St. Mary’s Academy and an area vocation director for the La Crosse area.
In June of 1973, he was assigned as an associate pastor with the Rev. Joseph Tetzlaff at St. Paul Parish in Mosinee, and from 1975 to 1977 he served as administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Rock Falls.
On June 15, 1977, he became the pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Lanark and the administrator of St. Martin Parish in Buena Vista. On July 15, 1981, he became pastor of St. Adalbert Parish in Rosholt.
He became pastor of St. Casimir and St. Mary in Torun on July 18, 1995.
Survivors include his mother, Stevens Point.