A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral in La Crosse, with The Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan, bishop of La Crosse, as the principal celebrant and the Rev. Eugene Wolf as the homilist. Burial will be Thursday, Feb. 27, at St. Kilian Cemetery in Blenker.
Visitation will be at the cathedral from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, with evening prayer from the Office for the Dead at 7 p.m. with Msgr. Charles D. Stoetzel presiding and again from 10:30 a.m. Wednesday until the Mass.
Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Home in La Crosse assisted with arrangements.
Condolences may be offered online at www.blaschkeschneider.com.
The Rev. Altmann was born Nov. 30, 1933, in Blenker, a son of the late John and Rose (Flateau) Altmann. He attended St. Kilian Grade School in Blenker and St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary.
Upon graduation from junior college in 1953, he was employed at Hardware Mutual Insurance Company in Stevens Point (now Sentry Insurance).
From March 1954 to March 1956, he served in the U. S. Army as a personnel specialist, attending school at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Ind., before being stationed at Fort Riley, Kan.
Upon discharge from the service he studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for one year and then enrolled at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse for his philosophical studies. In September 1959, he began his theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
He was ordained a priest Dec. 19, 1962, at St. Ignatius Church in Rome by the Most Reverend Martin J. O’Connor, rector of the North American College.
Rev. Altmann’s first assignment in July 1963 was as assistant at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish and as an instructor at Assumption High School, both in Wisconsin Rapids. In 1964, he was assigned as assistant at Holy Name Parish in Wausau and in 1968 as assistant at St. James the Greater Parish in Eau Claire.
He was appointed assistant at St. John the Baptist Parish and as an instructor at Aquinas High School, both in La Crosse, Aug. 28, 1968. When St. John Parish was closed, he was appointed assistant at St. James the Less Parish in La Crosse, continuing as instructor at Aquinas High School.
He was appointed principal of Aquinas High School and resident chaplain at St. Joseph Home in La Crosse June 15, 1972. In 1985, he was assigned to assist with Sunday Masses at Holy Trinity Parish.
He served as a member of the Board of the Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association (WISAA) from 1978 to 1990, and as chairman from 1982 to 1990. In 1990, he was named WISAA “Man of the Year” and was granted a sabbatical as principal at Aquinas to attend the Institute for Continuing Theological Education at the North American College in Rome.
After returning he was appointed pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Wausau, effective Jan. 8, 1991.
Rev. Altmann was appointed pastor of St. Peter Parish in Middle Ridge and St. Joseph Parish in St. Joseph Ridge July 6, 1999, and as part-time diocesan archivist.
He was granted the status of senior priest Jan. 13, 2004, and continued as diocesan archivist until his death.
Survivors include one brother, Frederick Altmann; one sister, Betty Jadack; and three nieces, Rosemary, Peggy and Jane.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and John; and one sister, Mary Rose.