Father Robert Buholzer

Father Robert Buholzer

“God of mercy and love, grant your servant and priest a glorious place at your heavenly banquet, for you made him here on earth a faithful minister of your word and sacrament.”

Reverend Robert Emil Buholzer entered eternal life on Thursday, February 14, 2014 at the age of 89, at St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital. He was born on April 7, 1925 in Monroe, Wisconsin and is predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Marie (Gisler) Buholzer; brother Alvin(Rosa) Buholzer, his step-brother Auxiliary Bishop George O. Wirz and his great-nephew Matthew Buholzer.

After attending Jordan Center Grade School in Jordan, Wisconsin, Father Buholzer attended High School in Monroe, Wisconsin. His collegiate studies included the University of Minnesota and St. Francis Minor Seminary in Milwaukee, where he completed his collegiate studies in Philosophy and Theology at St. Francis Major Seminary. He was ordained by Bishop William P. O’Connor on May 26, 1956 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison.

Father Buholzer served the Diocese of Madison as Associate Pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Monona and St. Francis Xavier Parish, Cross Plains. He served as Administrator at St. James Parish, Neshkoro followed by a Chaplaincy at Divine Savior Hospital, Portage. He served as Pastor of St. Bridget Parish, Ridgeway with Mission to Immaculate Conception Parish, Barneveld; Ss. Andrew and Thomas Parish, Tennyson-Potosi; St. Joseph Parish, Argyle with Mission to Immaculate Conception Parish, Blanchardville, and St. Mary Parish, Palmyra where he retired from in 2000. During his years of service to the Diocese of Madison, Father Buholzer served in the Iowa Deanery and as Chaplain to the Divine Savior Senior Citizen’s Home in Portage.

Father Buholzer is survived by his step-sister, Sister Joan Wirz his 3 nephews, Ronald (Susan) Buholzer, Steve (Thea) Buholzer and Dave (Glenda) Buholzer and several great nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann Catholic Church, 323 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton, on Friday, February 21st at 11:00 a.m. Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, will be the celebrant with Reverend Monsignor Delbert Schmelzer as homilist, followed by a luncheon served at St. Ann.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 21st from 9:30 a.m. until the start of Holy Mass at St. Ann Church. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Monroe will be at 3:00 p.m., with the Rite of Committal presided by Reverend Lawrence Bakke, Pastor of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Monroe.

Priests are encouraged to concelebrate the Holy Mass of Christian Burial. Please bring an alb (stole provided). Please celebrate three Masses for the repose of his soul and offer intercessory prayers in your parish.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

Sincerely in Christ,

Msgr. James R. Bartylla
Vicar General, Diocese of Madison