ALLOUEZ — Fr. Norm Krutzik died April 26 at age 88.
A New Holstein native, Fr. Krutzik, the son of Jacob and Philomena (Meyers) Krutzik, decided that he wanted to be a priest at a young age. He came from a religious family. Three of his mother’s sisters became religious sisters and a cousin from Milwaukee entered seminary. Fr. Krutzik attended St. Charles School in Charlesburg as a child.
“I think it was the atmosphere of having nuns come to our place visiting,” said Fr. Krutzik in a 2017 interview with The Compass for his 60-year jubilee. “I had close contact with all the priests in Charlesburg. It was a small community and I got to know all the pastors really well.”
Fr. Krutzik attended high school and junior college at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary. He then studied philosophy and theology at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Md. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Stanislaus Bona on June 1, 1957, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay.
Fr. Krutzik’s first appointment was as assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Oshkosh. An appointment as chaplain of the Alexian Brothers Home in Oshkosh followed. In 1965, he served as temporary administrator or parochial vicar of several parishes including St. Mary Parish, Reedsville; St. Peter Parish, Oconto; and St. Mary Parish, Bear Creek. He was then appointed pastor of St. James Parish, White Lake, with mission at St. Stanislaus Parish, Langlade.
From 1968 to 1972, Fr. Krutzik served as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Antigo. His next appointment was pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Menasha. In 1974, he became pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Manawa. And in 1982, for the next 19 years, his ministry transitioned to serving as a chaplain. He ministered at St. Joseph Residence, New London; St. Mary Home, Manitowoc; St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay; St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay; and Appleton Medical Center.
Fr. Krutzik also served as chaplain for the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He was based in Appleton and spent two weeks in the summer at Camp McCoy. Fr. Krutzik retired to senior priest status in 2001.
Reception of the body by the regional vicar, Fr. Dennis Bergsbaken, will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at Sacred Heart Church, Appleton. Visitation will follow and continue until 7 p.m. With concerns for the coronavirus, all visitations will be limited to 10 people at a time in the church with others waiting outside while all observe social distancing and proper sanitization. After visitation, a prayer service at 7 p.m. will be led by Fr. Ryan Starks and will be limited to 10 people. Visitation will continue from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Holy Rosary Church.
The funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. with Bishop David Ricken as the celebrant and Fr. Robert Karuhn as the homilist. Attendance is also limited to 10 persons, but the burial outside at Holy Rosary Cemetery is open to all who would like to attend while observing social distancing.