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Fr. William H.

Wallaik, Fr. William H.
God, the merciful Lord over life and death called his servant Fr. Wallaik on June 24, 2008, at the age of 83, strengthened by the Last Rites of the Church. Fr. Wallaik was born on August 13, 1924, at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He was ordained on May 28, 1949 by the Most Reverend Roman Atkielski, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee. Father entered Saint Francis Minor Seminary in 1942 and completed his studies for the priesthood at Saint Francis Major Seminary 1944-1949.

Father’s priestly ministry began on July 7, 1949 as an assistant at St. Rose Parish, Milwaukee. He was appointed a notary for the Tribunal on November 10, 1953, and left for graduate studies in Church History at Fribourg, Switzerland in September of 1955. Upon completing his doctorate and returning in June of 1959, Father Wallaik was assigned to Holy Rosary Parish, Milwaukee; on September 10, 1959, he was appointed the temporary administrator at St. John the Baptist Parish, Woodhull, which included the mission of St. Mary in Eldorado; and on April 11, 1960, he was appointed temporary administrator at St. John de Nepomuc Parish, Milwaukee. On July 7, 1960 Father Wallaik began his teaching career: first at Saint Francis Minor Seminary, and then moving to Saint Francis Major Seminary on July 8, 1965. Father was appointed pastor at St. Paul Parish, Milwaukee on September 2, 1980; he retired from active ministry on August 31, 1989.

Survived by nieces, nephews, brother-in-law, and his personal caregiver and friend Helga Eisner, of Baden, Austria

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Chapel of Saint Francis Seminary, 3257 S. Lake Dr. on Tuesday, July 8, at 11 AM. Visitation will take place at the Chapel from 9:30 AM until time for the funeral Liturgy. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials may be offered to Saint Francis Seminary or St. Paul Parish.
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Past Comments

Helga Eisner, Maria Habeck

You will always stay in our minds and we miss you already.

Helga and all your Austrian friends

Ray Hedin

I have very strong and positive memories of Father Wallaik’s European History course. He was a true intellectual and an inspiration to me and many others.

Fr. Michael Witczak

I was saddened to hear the news of Fr. Wallaik’s death. He was professor of church history when I was a student at Saint Francis Seminary and later a colleague when I began my studies for graduate work in preparation for joining the faculty. He was an astute observer of politics and life, both secular and ecclesial, an avid competitor in handball and in debate, and a lover of all things beautiful. We will miss him greatly.


Fr. Michael Witczak

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