Two diocesan priests die

By | December 16, 2009

Fr. Golden, 79, died Dec. 7. The funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 12 at St. Francis Xavier Church, De Pere. Bishop Robert Morneau presided and Msgr. Coleman served as the homilist. Burial will be at St. Mary Parish Cemetery, Bear Creek.

Fr. Golden, a Bear Creek native, was a Jesuit novice before pursuing his vocation in the Diocese of Green Bay. He was ordained by Bishop Stanislaus Bona on June 1, 1963, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay.

“I first met him when he came to St. Francis Seminary (Milwaukee) for theology,” said Msgr. Coleman. “He wanted to be a parish priest. He was concerned that, as a Jesuit, he would solely be a teacher.”

Fr. Golden would educate in many ways as a pastor, he added.

“The teacher remained in him,” he said. “He always went into the classrooms at the parish school. His mother and three sisters were all teachers. It was a part of him. He taught through his homilies.”

Fr. Golden served at many parishes throughout the diocese. His first appointment as a pastor was at St. Francis Xavier in 1973. He would serve the parish for 13 years. Msgr. Coleman resided at the St. Francis rectory in the early 1980s while appointed to the Marriage Tribunal.

“He loved all the parishes he served, but St. Francis really stood out,” said Msgr. Coleman. “It was a great fit, the ideal situation for him.”

Fr. Golden, who was born Robert Thomas Golden on May 3, 1930, to Robert and Anne (Flanagan) Golden, also served as pastor at St. Joseph Parish, Sturgeon Bay (1986); and at St. John Parish, Menasha (1991). His final ministerial appointment was as administrator at St. Mary Parish, Algoma, in September of 1998. The appointment only lasted three months due to health reasons. Fr. Golden officially retired to senior priest status in January of 2007.

In addition to his parish ministry, Fr. Golden also served as a member of the Ecumenical Commission, as a judge of the Inter-Diocesan Tribunal of the Province of Milwaukee and as field advocate for the Tribunal. In addition to St. Francis Seminary, Fr. Golden studied at St. Norbert College, De Pere; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Marquette University, Milwaukee; St. Louis University; and the University of Laval, Quebec.

He was a man of many talents and interests, said Msgr. Coleman.

“He was a great cook who could prepare gourmet meals,” he said. “He also loved to paint. He painted nature scenes, still life paintings.

“He was also a linguist,” he added. “He could write and speak French fluently. He also spoke Spanish and German. When I spoke Italian, he could understand what I was saying. He was also a Latin scholar.”

Fr. Golden was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jim Lang; a brother-in-law, Calvin Burns; and two infant brothers, David and Michael. He is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Sheila and John Garot, Green Bay, and Margaret Burns, Green Bay, and nieces and nephews.

Fr. Bauschka was ‘fabulous teacher’

ALLOUEZ — Fr. Joseph Bauschka, the former longtime pastor at Holy Family Parish in Elcho, died Dec. 8 at age 79. He served at Holy Family and the mission at St. Mary, Pickerel, from 1980 until his resignation due to health reasons in 1999.

In 1955, Fr. Bauschka was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Stanislaus Bona at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. He served as an assistant pastor in Kaukauna and Green Bay prior to his 1965 appointment to the faculty at St. Joseph Academy. Fr. Bauschka was both a counselor and religion teacher at the Green Bay high school for girls.

“Joe was a fabulous teacher,” said Fr. John O’Brien, a close friend and classmate. “He taught classes of 90 girls at the academy. He learned a lot from his dad’s background, which he applied in the classroom. He instilled discipline and respect, and was a very well-liked teacher.”

Fr. Bauschka’s father, Joseph, taught music and directed the band program at Antigo High School for many years. His six children were all musicians and band members. Fr. Bauschka, a twin and the oldest child in the family by 10 minutes, played the saxophone and clarinet.

“The family was raised on music,” said Fr. O’Brien. “Joe played in his dad’s band (the J.B. Continentals). He was in the band at St. Norbert College. He later was part of the band for the Green Bay Packers, the Lumberjack Band. He and his three brothers loved to get together at Pelican Lake for jam sessions.”

In 1969, Fr. Bauschka was appointed co-pastor at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Ashwaubenon. He served the parish for 10 years before being named co-pastor at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Kimberly. Elcho was his last ministerial appointment. Fr. Bauschka, who attended St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., also served as director of the Diocesan Sodality (1968).

Fr. O’Brien said that the people Fr. Bauschka served will likely remember him for his compassion and his skills as a homilist.

“Fr. Bauschka was a people person,” he said. “He was always ready to help. I can remember seeing him at the checkout counter at the grocery store. An elderly lady was fumbling with her money. Joe stepped in and paid for her items. He would often do things like that.

“He was well-known for his homilies,” he continued. “Joe had his own style.”

In addition to music, Fr. Bauschka enjoyed the outdoors in his spare time. Fr. O’Brien annually joined him at Lake Tahoe.

“We got together in Tahoe for 30 years,” he said. “Joe loved skiing and hiking. We also played a lot of tennis over the years. He also liked golf and once shot a hole in one.”

Fr. Bauschka, an Antigo native, will also be remembered as an avid Packer fan. When health issues limited him physically, he found enjoyment in walks with friends.

Fr. Bauschka was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Evelyn (Harty) Bauschka, and two brothers, an infant, Michael, and Captain Patrick Bauschka, USN.

He is survived by a sister, Mary Rose Bauschka, Antigo; two brothers, Conrad (Holly), Commerce, Texas, and his twin, John (Mary), Pelican Lake and Sarasota, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Martha Catherine Bauschka, Cleveland, Ohio; six nieces and eight nephews.

The funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. 14 at St. John Church, Antigo, with Bishop David Ricken as the presider and Fr. Charles Hoffmann, one of Fr. Bauschka’s close friends, as the homilist. Burial will be at Holy Family Parish Cemetery, Elcho.

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