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Clergy obituaries

Mass of Christian Burial to be held for Fr. Michael Klarer
Fr. Michael Klarer
Fr. Michael Klarer

MONROE — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Fr. Michael Emil Klarer on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Church, 1760 14th St., Monroe. Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison will be the main celebrant.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 28, from 4 until 8 p.m., and on Friday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass at St. Victor Church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery followed by lunch at The Mansion, 1417 Mansion Dr., Monroe.

Father Klarer died on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the age of 62, in Monroe. He was born on June 23, 1953, in Monroe, and is predeceased by his parents, Emil and Marcella [Kammerude] Klarer, and his brother-in-law, Carl Logemann.

After attending St. Victor Grade School, Monroe; Monroe High School, Monroe; and Holy Name Seminary High School, Madison, Father Klarer entered Edgewood College, Madison, and graduated from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.


Religious obituaries

Mother Mary Paula Hannah dies
Mother Paula

Mother Mary Paula Hannah, O.Cist., first American prioress of the Valley of Our Lady Monastery died Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Valley of Our Lady Monastery.

Mother Paula was born Genevieve Mildred Hannah to Rose (Hetzel) and Maurice Hannah in Belle Fourche, S.D., on July 24, 1935. The sixth of nine children, Mother Paula was blessed with keen intelligence and a quick wit.

At the age of nineteen, she entered Sacred Heart Monastery, a Benedictine community in Yankton, S.D.; but before professing final vows, she discerned a call to the newly founded Valley of Our Lady Monastery (then known as St. Ida’s convent). Living with the six Swiss foundresses, Mother Paula learned the Cistercian monastic way of life and helped the small community transition from a Swiss-based to an American-based culture. She was elected in 1978 as the first American prioress of the monastery, a role she would fill until 2005.

As the foundresses returned one by one to Switzerland, Mother Paula continued to form the new community in faith and religious obedience, guiding it skillfully through the turbulent years that followed Vatican Council II. In the early 2000’s, Mother Paula began noticeably to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, a condition she learned to accept with grace and good humor.

After resigning from the office of prioress, she continued to teach classes based on St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae; she never tired of reminding her students that “All that really matters is that we get to heaven.” And to the end, she persevered in teaching all her Sisters how to abandon oneself completely to God.

Lay person obituaries

John Wilk, father of Fr. Brian Wilk, dies

SOUTH MILWAUKEE -- A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for John Wilk, father of Fr. Brian Wilk, pastor of St. Bernard Parish, Middleton, on Friday, March 11, 2016, at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 800 Marquette Ave., South Milwaukee.

Burial was at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Cudahy, Wis.

John Wilk, 90, is survived by his wife of 67 years Rita Wilk; children: Mary Ann (Robert) Mergener, Dr. Peter (Julie) Wilk, John (Kathy) Wilk, Jerry (Patty) Wilk and Fr. Brian Wilk, eight grandchildren, and six great granddaughters.

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