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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