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Letter from Rep. Petryk: Congratulations to Majority Leader Suder

Congratulations to Majority Leader Suder and Representative Honadel  

My sincerest congratulations to two of my colleagues who recently announced their retirements from the state Assembly. It has been my distinct honor and privilege to work with both Majority Leader Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) and Representative Mark Honadel (R-South Milwaukee). 

Representative Suder will be joining the Governor’s administration at the Public Service Commission. Representative Honadel will be returning to the private sector. 

I wish both of these great men the best of luck on their new endeavors. I appreciate the time I have spent with both of them as colleagues, mentors, and friends!

Sacred Heart Hospital’s Monsignor Klimek Passes Away

Sadly, Monsignor Klimek passed away Wednesday afternoon. My deepest sympathies go out to his friends and family.

Below is an excerpt taken from WQOW's website on his remarkable life. 

Posted: Aug 28, 2013 7:25 PM CDT Wednesday, August 28, 2013 8:25 PM EST

Sacred Heart Hospital- Monsignor Edmund John Klimek, 85, senior priest chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital, passed away Wednesdayafternoon at Sacred Heart Hospital. We are deeply saddened with the loss of a much loved member of the Sacred Heart family.

Known throughout the Chippewa Valley and beyond as a deeply humble and spiritual man, Monsignor Klimek's greatest joy was faithfully ministering to the sick, suffering and dying. In his quiet and unassuming way, he brought the compassionate love of Christ to all those he encountered. He was a good and holy man, and a dedicated servant of God.  Arrangements are pending.

Monsignor Klimek was born in Arcadia, Wisconsin, on October 31, 1927 to Frank and Susan Klimek. He was the second youngest of six children, his siblings being Pelchie, Rose, Irene, Ernest, and Joseph. He attended St. Aloysius Grade School, Arcadia High School for his freshman year, and then St. Francis Minor Seminary in Milwaukee beginning his sophomore year. He then went on to complete his Theology studies at St. Francis Major Seminary.

Monsignor Klimek was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1953 by Bishop John Treacy. His first assignment was at St. Lawrence Parish in Wisconsin Rapids and Holy Rosary Parish at Sigel. He also taught religion and sociology at Assumption High School, and was the guidance counselor and athletic director. He was named Pastor at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Independence in 1961. He oversaw the construction of a new school for the parish, which was dedicated in October of 1967.

On June 18, 1968, he began his appointment as Administrator at St. Bridget Parish in Springfield, with residence and chaplain responsibilities at Sacred Heart Hospital. In 1972, Monsignor Klimek established the Pastoral Care Department at Sacred Heart Hospital. As an extension of his ministry to the sick and suffering, he also helped to establish the Saint Francis Food Pantry, Triniteam, and The Healing Place: A Center for Life's Journeys. 


On June 3, 2013, Monsignor Klimek was honored nationally as he received the Catholic Health Association's "Lifetime Achievement Award." This award is conferred each year upon "an acknowledged leader of the health ministry who has inspired and mentored numerous others. The individual's leadership extends past the Catholic health ministry to influence and impact the local community and beyond." Fittingly, Monsignor Klimek was the first hospital chaplain to receive this award.

Monsignor Klimek is survived by his brother, Joseph (Dorothy) Klimek, and sister, Rose (Klimek) Pierzina, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Susan Klimek, his brother, Ernest Klimek, and his sisters, Pelchie (Klimek) Berens and Irene (Klimek) Hoffman.


To read the complete article on Monsignor Klimek, please visit WQOW's website.    


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