|Many in community will miss Fr. Horath|
Letter to the Editor:
On Saturday, May 17, 2014, Father William Horath passed away at age 81. He died on Armed Forces Day, which I thought interesting, because he served his country in the military before becoming a priest.
He served in the Diocese of Superior, since his ordination to the priesthood June 15, 1975. He became the assistant pastor of St. Joseph Church in Rice Lake in July of 1975. In 1980, he became the pastor of St. Pius X Church in Solon Springs, St. Anthony of Padua in Gordon and St. Mary Church in Minong. In November of 1989, he became pastor of St. Anne Church in Boulder Junction, St. Mary Church in Sayner and St. Rita Church in Presque Isle.In June of 1994, he became the pastor of St. Theresa Church in Three Lakes and, later, St. Kunegunda of Poland Church in Sugar Camp.
Father Bill leaves two priest brothers, Father George Horath of Fennimore and Father James Horath of Mosinee; and one sister, Mary Joan Boyle of Chicago, and her family, as well as many dear friends.
Father Bill loved the communities of Three Lakes and Sugar Camp so much he considered them his family. He talked of parish, sporting and community events and enjoyed going to all he could.
For the graduating mass in Three Lakes, Father Bill knew all of these graduates by name and what their plans were for the future. He told them how much he and the parish would miss them.
For several years, Father Bill enjoyed wearing a new hat — that of Three Lakes and Sugar Camp fire departments’ chaplain. He took his calling very seriously and spoke often of the privilege of praying and comforting area residents in their time of need. If during Mass the sirens would sound, he would stop and ask us to pray for whoever was in trouble. Father also ended his weekend Masses with three Hail Marys for all the service people in the Gulf region and for an end of the war.
On Thursday, May 22, 2014, Father Bill’s Mass was wonderfully attended by all who loved him in this area as well as many priests including Bishop Peter Christensen of the Diocese of Superior. Bishop Christensen gave a special tribute to the fire department for keeping guard while Father Bill was in the hospital during his time there. He also talked about how dedicated Father was and that he didn’t want to retire, that he wanted to die with his boots on, and so he did. God is good!
An appropriate ending for Father’s funeral service was the playing of taps and the firing salute by the American Legion, for one of their own.
I know of one young girl who told her mother that she thought Father Horath would really make a great grandpa. How’s that for loving your priest? I’m sure he ran the best race ever and that God has welcomed him home with open arms. I know we will all miss this kind and gentle priest, but we have to be happy for him.
Mary Jean McQuillen
|Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:48 PM|