WEAU - Father Klimek - Headlines
laid to rest (9/5/13)
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The life of a man known as "father" was celebrated Thursday when hundreds gathered to say â€˜goodbye.;
Father Edmund Klimek passed away last Wednesday at the age of 85.
final resting place is at the Calvary Cemetery in Eau Claire.
â€œIt's just an honor to be part of having the whole celebration of life for Father Klimek,â€ Linda Velie, catering director at Florian Gardens said.
received many accolades on a local, state, and national level during his
He grew up on a farm in Arcadia, and graduated from St. Aloysius Grade School.
entered St. Francis Minor Seminary
at age 15.
In the fall of 1947, he went to St. Francis Major Seminary to receive philosophical and theological training.
About six years later, Father Klimek
was ordained to the priesthood at La Crosse Holy Cross Seminary
Among his early assignments were assistant at St. Lawrence Parish in Wisconsin Rapids, instructor and athletic director at Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids, administrator of Holy Rosary Parish at Sigel, and Pastor at SS.
Peter and Paul Parish
oversaw the building of a new $500,000 elementary school for SS
In 1969, Father Klimek was appointed administrator of St. Bridget's Parish in Springfield, and Chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
At the hospital, he created the Department of Pastoral Care, and appointed its Director.
once said that it "should be a bridge between the hospital and the patient's church.
held that role for nine years before resigning and becoming Senior Priest Chaplain.
Father Klimek was appointed Diocesan Coordinator of Health Affairs for the Diocese of La Crosse in 1972.
Thirteen years later, he
and the late Father Lawrence Dunklee started serving as co-coordinators for the diocese, and continued until Father Dunklee died in 2011.
resigned from the appointment later that year.
In 1989, Father Klimek Helped to develop Sacred Heart's bereavement center, The Healing Place.
It provides an outreach service for the community in helping those who have lost loved ones.
Pope Benedict XVI named Father Klimek
"Monsignor," a member of the Papal Household
, in 2005.
In June of this year, Father Klimek
was honored with the Catholic Health Association's
"Lifetime Achievement Award," which is typically reserved for influential Catholic health care executives.
recently marked 60 years as a priest, and 45 at Sacred Heart Hospital