The Reverend Henry R. Hoerburger

This article was posted on: October 26, 2016

With hope in the Resurrection, we commend to the Lord


Father Henry R. Hoerburger, at the age of 97 and a priest for 73 years, died on Sunday, October 23 2016 at Dove Health Care-West in Eau Claire.

Henry Hoerburger was born on December 17, 1918 in Darlington, Wisconsin, to Alex and Emma (Gisinger) Hoerburger.  He grew up in Argyle and attended grade school there.  He attended St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary for six years before attaining his Master’s Degree at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.  Father Hoerburger was ordained on September 18, 1943 at Kenrick Seminary by Archbishop Glennon.

Father Hoerburger’s first assignment was as Assistant Pastor at St. Aloysius Parish in Sauk City.  In 1945 he was appointed Assistant Pastor at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Marathon; in July of 1946 he was appointed as Assistant Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in La Crosse and as an instructor at Aquinas High School.  In 1948, Father Hoerburger was transferred to Holy Cross Parish in La Crosse, serving as Assistant Pastor and was also appointed as Secretary in the Matrimonial Court. In 1951 he also became Chaplain to the Dominican Monastery in La Crosse.  On November 14, 1957, he was appointed as Pastor of St. James the Less Parish in La Crosse, where he served until 1966 when he was then assigned as Pastor of Notre Dame Parish in Chippewa Falls.  In 1972 Father Hoerburger was appointed Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Plum City.  On April 4, 1989 he became Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Elk Mound.  From 1995 to 1996 he also served as Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Cooks Valley.  In 2003, he was also appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Rock Falls.  Father Hoerburger served both of these parishes until he was granted the status of senior priest on October 18, 2005.

Father Hoerburger served on the Priest Senate, St. Joseph Priest Fund Board of Directors, and the Presbyteral Council.

Father Hoerburger is survived by one sister, Helen Rysse of Ann Arbor, Michigan; several nieces and nephews; many great nieces and nephews and one great-great niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Emma; and three sisters Anne and Marie Hoerburger and Rose Rasmussen.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church in Elk Mound on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.  Bishop William Patrick Callahan will be the main celebrant.  Father Eugene Wolf will be the homilist. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, with a Rosary Service at 3:45 and an Evening Prayer Service at 7:00.  There will also be visitation one hour prior to the Funeral Mass on Thursday.

The Diocese of La Crosse and the family are being assisted by Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Menomonie.

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