Charles J. Verhalen

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Charles J.

Verhalen , Fr. Charles J.

Born in Milwaukee to the late Andrew and late Amanda Rose Verhalen was born to eternal life on Sunday, September 7, 2014 age 91 years.

Survivors include one brother Phil Verhalen of Tacoma, WA; one sister, Rosemary Cummings of Appleton and sister-in-law Flo Verhalen of Denville, NJ. Further surviving are nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother James Verhalen of Denville, NJ.

He attended grade school at St. Sebastian and St. Gerard, Milwaukee, Pio Nono High School, Milwaukee, before attending Salvatorian Seminary, St. Nazianz. Fr. Verhalen continued his education at Saint Francis de Sales Minor and Major Seminary, St. Francis, and was ordained June 7, 1947 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee.
Fr. Verhalen began his priestly ministry as assistant pastor at St. Mark Parish, Kenosha, 1947, followed by assignments as assistant pastor, St. Catherine Parish, Milwaukee, 1961; pastor, Holy Cross Parish, Holy Cross, 1968; pastor, Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Franklin, 1970; pastor, St. James Parish, Menomonee Falls, 1972; pro-synodal judge, Matrimonial Tribunal, Milwaukee Archdiocese, 1974; pastor, St. Mary Parish, Mayville, 1981; administrator, St. Theresa Parish, Theresa, 1993 until he retired in July 1997 and moved to Meyer Hall on the grounds of Saint Francis Seminary, St. Francis.
He was also part-time chaplain for the School Sisters of St. Francis until 2004, and helped out at parishes including St. Monica in Whitefish Bay. In 2005, Fr. Verhalen moved to St. Camillus, Milwaukee. In 2007, he received the Vatican II Award for Distinguished Service in his mentoring program for seminarians of the Sacred Heart School of Theology, Franklin.

Visitation Saturday, Sepember 13, 2014 from 10 am – 12 noon at ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 302 South German Street, Mayville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon, The Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop Milwaukee presiding. Private interment St. Mary Cemetery Burlington, WI.

When Rosemary asked her brother what he liked most about being a priest, Fr. Verhalen said, “Being able to travel to help others at any time.” Would he do it all over again? “Yes, because of the goodness of helping others,” he said.

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Past Comments

Danette Gremminger

Fr Charles was our priest at St Mary’s in Mayville when I attended grade school there. He was a huge part of my growing up and I have nothing but fond memories of him! I was saddened to hear of his passing but I know he is now at peace in Heaven watching over us all 🙂
Danette Gremminger-Fond du Lac WI

Lisa Gagliano

Father charlie was pastor in Mayville and very close to my parents. Provided me comfort and counseling when i was pregnant with my oldest and baptized her. Shared many holidays with us at our home. Truly will be missed

Gerald T. Haig

This is a memory of the past for Rosemary Cummings, sister of Father Chuck.

One day few years ago, my wife Margp and I were readers at St.Monica Church is Whitefish Bay. When I saw the visiting priest I introduced myself (Jerry Haig) and he said he was Chuck Verhalen. I asked him if he were a relative of Rosemary Vehalen and he said you were his sister.

I told him about your being a friend ours years ago and ended it by saying you were a great girl to double date with. He said you still are a great girl.

I told him about your drug store and one day you gave me a special malt. It had a swig of all flavors except chocolate and he laughed.

You may not remember me but I am a brother of Doug Haig.

There were ten of us guys who used to double date and throw parties for the guys and gals.

Here are their names: Doug Haig, Jerry Haig. Bob Tehan Bob Borchart, John McVey Tom Enright, Dick Zibolski, Art Brett, Dick Finley and Dick Finley.

Doug and I are the the only ones alive. I know seven have died and I don’t know about Bob Bachart. But Doug and I are alive and doing well.

I hope you are doing well, and I am sorry about Chuck.

Jerry Haig

S. Marion Verhaalen, SSSF

Fr. Charles paid for the renovation of the Seminary organ in Milwaukee in early 1980s. then he wanted to commission a new composition. Someone reminded him that I am a composer – ad also a cousin with two “aa’s” in our name. I wrote OUTBURST for trumpet and organ and it was performed at the rededication.
He was one dear person.
S. Marion Verhaalen, SSSF

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