The Rev. Herbert P. Zoromski, 87, former pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia as well as other Portage County parishes, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at KTRC – Colonial Manor in Wausau, while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galloway, with Msgr. Joseph Diermeier officiating. The Rev. Augustine Bentil and the Rev. Al Slowiak will concelebrate. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church from 3 p.m. Sunday until an evening prayer at 7 p.m. and again from 9 a.m. Monday until the Mass.
A memorial in his name will be established at a later date.
The Rev. Zoromski was born Aug. 22, 1925, in Milwaukee, a son of the late John and Frances (Janikowski) Zoromski. When he was one year old, his family moved to a farm four miles from Galloway. He received his elementary education at Birch Grove School and Johnson Mill School in Galloway.
His high school years were spent at Washington Junior High in Bevent and St. Mary’s High School in Orchard Lake, Mich. He attended St. Mary’s College in Michigan, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He then entered Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.
He was ordained on May 19, 1951, at St. Joseph Cathedral in La Crosse by Bishop John Patrick Tracy.
His first assignment was as assistant pastor at St. Hedwig Church in Thorp. After three years, he was transferred to Ss. Peter & Paul Parish in Independence from 1954 to 1963. He then was transferred to St. John Church in Heffron and Guardian Angels Church in Almond for a year.
From 1964 until 1968, he was appointed pastor at St. Mary Church in Altoona and from 1968 until 1972 he was at St. Mark Church in Rothschild. He then was assigned back at SS. Peter & Paul in Independence until 1975, when he was appointed pastor at St. Agnes Church in Callon until 1978.
The Rev. Zoromski was appointed pastor at Sacred Heart in Polonia from 1978 until 1989. He then served as pastor of both St. Joseph Church in Galloway and St. John Church in Peplin. In 1990, he was pastor at St. Joseph in Galloway and St. Ladislaus in Bevent until 1995 when he retired. He continued to say Mass for numerous churches in the area until 2010.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus St. Isadore Council 5008 in Tigerton and received the 4th degree in Milwaukee in 1959. He was also a member of the Bevent Lions Club.
In retirement in lived in the Galloway area until 2010 when he moved to Primrose in Wausau.
Survivors include, five brothers, Joe (Theresa), Neenah, Emerick (Dorothy) and Harry, both of Galloway, Gerald (Bonnie), Weston, and Rudy (Rita), Thorp; one sister, Mary Ann (Ron) Slaby, Mosinee; three sisters-in-law, Lil Zoromski, Holcombe, Audrey Zoromski, Oconto, and Patti Zoromski, Madison; two uncles, Emil (Lorraine) Janikowski, Neenah, and August Zoromski, Ringle; one aunt, Grace (Bernard) Omernik, Bevent; nieces; and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, John, Gene and James; and two sisters-in-law, Florence and Irene.