Wisconsin Rapids Deanery

of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin

Father Richard J. Herrmann 

Father Richard J. Herrmann, at the age of 95 and a priest for 71 years, died on Thursday, February 18, 2016, in Marshfield.

Father Herrmann was born on June 12, 1920 in Bryantown, Maryland, to Richard and Antonia (née Herlt) Herrmann. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, St. John's Preparatory High School in Collegeville, Minnesota, St. John's College in Collegeville, Minnesota and St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was ordained a priest on October 28, 1944, by the Most Reverend Moses Kiley at St. John Cathedral in Milwaukee.

Father Herrmann's first assignment following ordination was as assistant rector at St. Joseph Cathedral in La Crosse. Beginning in 1946, he served as assistant pastor at several parishes, SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Wisconsin Rapids (1946-1949); St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Chippewa Falls (1949-1950); St. John the Baptist Parish in Marshfield (1950-1951); and St. Mary Parish in Wausau (1950-1951).

From 1952 to 1972, Father Herrmann served at parishes in Boulder Junction and Ladysmith, Wisconsin, in the Diocese of Superior.

In July of 1972, he was appointed as temporary administrator of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Milladore. A month later, he was appointed pastor of Holy Family Parish in Poniatowski. He was then appointed pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Lima in 1975.

On August 20, 1985, Father Herrmann was appointed pastor of St. Philip the Apostle Parish at Rudolph and Holy Rosary Parish in Sigel, where he served until he was granted the status of senior priest on July 1, 1996.

Father Herrmann is survived by his niece Anita Tomashek, nephews Victor Falkner and Bernard Falkner, and good friends Caroline Witucki and Annette and Mark Stremer.

He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Antonia and two sisters, Cecelia Falkner and Marie Tomashek.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, February 22, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Marshfield. Bishop William Callahan was the main celebrant and Father Samuel Martin delivered the homily.

The Diocese of La Crosse and the family were assisted by Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids.

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