Pastor of St. Paul, Wrightstown dies
Fr. Elroy Reimer remembered as truly concerned for his people
By Susan Gloss
Fr. Elroy E. Reimer, 69, pastor of St. Paul Parish, Wrightstown, died Wednesday, July 19.
A Manitowoc native, Fr. Reimer had a history of service in Northeastern Wisconsin. His friend, Fr. Frank Kerscher, said that Fr. Reimer was a pastor who was "truly concerned about his people, and always making sure things were in good order,"
Elroy Reimer was born Feb. 8, 1931 in Manitowoc, to Paul and Irene Reimer. He was ordained at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, by Bp. Stanislaus Bona on June 1, 1957.
Even though he was a few years behind Fr. Reimer at St. Francis Seminary, Fr. Kerscher remembers his friend as "the typical scholar -- very much involved in athletics and very active. Even in later years, he liked to get together with a group to go golfing when he could."
Fr. Reimer served as assistant at Ss. Peter and Paul, Green Bay; St. John Parish, Antigo; and Sacred Heart Parish, Appleton.
He was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Phlox, with mission at Mattoon in 1968. He also served as pastor at Holy Martyrs of Gorcum and Holy Angels Parish, Darboy, 1984), before coming to Wrightstown in 1992.
Fr. Mike Koch, another friend of Fr. Reimer, says that he was "very conscientious, always trying to be attentive to the voice of others. He had a love of music and of children, and had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother."
Fr. Reimer had planned to retire on Aug. 31. Sr. Lisa Lucht, OP, former chancellor for the diocese will become parish director of St. Paul, Writghtstown on Sept. 1.
The Funeral Liturgy was held Monday, July 24, at St. Paul's with Bp. Robert Banks presiding. Fr. Paul Daniels, Fr. Reimer's classmate from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, preached the homily. Burial service took place at Calvary Cemetery, Manitowoc, with Fr. Ronald Reimer, his younger brother leading the graveside service.