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Sebastian Robert Schalk, O. Praem.

December 6, 1923 – October 3, 2019

Sebastian Robert Schalk, O. Praem., age 95, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on October 3, 2019.

Sebastian was born on December 6, 1923 in West Allis, WI to Ruth and Paul Schalk. His home parish was St. Aloysius in West Allis, WI.

He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI for two years before joining the Navy.For the next three years he trained as a WWII Radar Technician and served on various Navy ships. After serving his country, Sebastian completed his B.A. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1948, and began discerning religious life.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on August 28, 1955. He professed Simple Vows on August 28 1957, Solemn Vows on August 28, 1960 and was ordained to the Priesthood on September 1, 1960.

Sebastian served on the faculty at Abbot Pennings High School in 1961 teaching German and Science. After one year he was assigned to St. Norbert College where he taught Physics. In 1964 he attended graduate school at UW-Madison, and received his M.S. degree in Physics in 1966. He returned to St. Norbert College where he taught until 1982. During this time, he also assisted the college’s engineering services and physical plant staff.

After many years of teaching, Sebastian became a student again, studying Spanish at the Mexican-American Cultural Center in San Antonio, TX, eventually joining the Norbertine missions in Peru in the fall of 1982. He served the parish of San Norberto, Lima as Associate Pastor and Administrator for more than ten years. After spending one year in the Norbertine foundations of Mississippi and New Mexico, he returned to the Peruvian missions as Associate Pastor of San Marco Parish and assisted with the electrification of three satellite chapels.

Sebastian returned to the United States in 1999 and resided at St. Moses the Black Priory in Mississippi where he was active in Hispanic ministry as well as hospital and prison ministry. In May 2014, Sebastian retired at St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, with occasional sacramental ministry.

He is survived by the Norbertine Community; one brother, John Schalk; one sister, Ann Rickert; sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

Sebastian was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and sister-in-law, Richard (Florence) Schalk, William Schalk, Francis Schalk; sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary (George) Lardner; and brother-in-law, Thomas Rickert.

Arrangements

Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey beginning at 7:00pm on Monday, October 7, 2019 with Vespers of the Dead – Reception of the Body until 8:30pm. Visitation will continue on Tuesday at 9:00am until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection. The Rt. Rev. Dane J. Radecki, O. Praem., Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, will preside at the Funeral Mass.

Burial will be in St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery after the Funeral Mass, weather permitting

Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere, is in charge of the arrangements.

Angelo Joseph Feldkamp, O. Praem.

May 3, 1942 – March 12, 2019

Angelo Joseph Feldkamp, O. Praem., age 76, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on 12 March 2019.

Angelo was born on 3 May 1942 in Wrightstown, WI to Hilary and Ethel Feldkamp.  His home parish was St. Clare Parish/St. Paul Site in Wrightstown, WI.

He received a B.A. degree in Latin from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI in 1965 and a M.S. degree in Counseling from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1975.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on 28 August 1960.  He professed Simple Vows on 28 August 1962, Solemn Vows on 28 August 1965 and was ordained to the Priesthood on 21 December 1968.

Angelo was Director of Camp Tivoli, Cecil, WI from 1971 – 1975. He was a faculty member at Abbot Pennings High School, De Pere, WI from 1968 – 1990 and at Notre Dame Academy, Green Bay, WI from 1990 – 2002.

He ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­is survived by the Norbertine Community; brothers Lawrence, David (Pat), one sister, Karla (Vernon) Gebhart, numerous nephews and nieces-in-law.

Angelo was preceded in death by his parents; Hilary and Ethel Feldkamp.

Arrangements

Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey beginning at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 with Lauds of the Dead – Reception of the Body. Visitation will continue until 4:00 PM.  The Mass of Christian Burial, expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, will begin at 4:30 PM. Rt. Rev. Dane J. Radecki, O. Praem., Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, will preside at the funeral liturgy.

Burial will be in St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery at a later date.

Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere, is in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. Vincent Joseph De Leers, O. Praem.

April 29, 1918 – February 7, 2019

Father Vincent Joseph De Leers, O. Praem., age 100, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on  7 February 2019.

Father De Leers was born on 29 April 1918, in Menominee, MI to Alphonse and Alice (Vincent) De Leers. His home parish was Our Lady of Lourdes, Marinette, WI.

In 1939, Father De Leers received a B.A. degree in Chemistry from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, and a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin, Madison and in Higher Education from University of Illinois, Champaign in 1949.

He served in the Unites States Army from 1940 – 1942.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on 28 August 1942.  He professed Simple Vows on 27 September 1943, Solemn Vows on 7 June 1946 and was ordained to the Priesthood on 15 June 1946.

In 1943, Father De Leers was a faculty member at St. Norbert High School College, De Pere, WI and St. Norbert College and continued his ministry there for many years. He spent 3 years at    St. John Neumann High School, Philadelphia PA as Instructor in Physical Science. Fr. De Leers was Dean at St. Norbert College from 1957 – 1967 and served as part of the Executive Committee for the Wisconsin Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Wisconsin Association of Presidents and Deans of Institutions of Higher Learning and in the College and University Department, National Catholic Educational Association.

He was released from vows and priestly obligations in 1968. At that time, he married and has 2 daughters from that union. He was actively involved in many capacities in areas of higher education at City College of Chicago and University of Illinois, Champaign and at Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, WA.  He was reinstated to priestly ministry in 1989.

Father De Leers resided at Santa Maria de la Vid Priory, Albuquerque, NM in 1989, serving in External and Internal Ministry until his return to St. Norbert Abbey where he remained in Internal Ministry. He was the 1st American Norbertine to celebrate 100 years of age.

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­De Leers is survived by the Norbertine Community; daughters, Abigail (Thad) De Leers, Jessica (Jason Andrew) Lenderman and grandsons, Giuseppe De Leers-Certo and Jason Erik Lenderman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, Gertrude Laird, one brother, Lawrence, sisters, Lucille Scoggins, Virginia Jaques, Mary Komp and Lois McCanna.

Arrangements

Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey beginning at 8:00 AM on Saturday, 16 February 2019 with Lauds of the Dead – Reception of the Body and concluding at 10:00 AM. The Mass of Christian Burial, expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, will begin at 10:30 AM.  Rt. Rev. Dane J. Radecki, O. Praem., Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, will preside at the funeral liturgy. Rt. Rev. Joel P. Garner, O. Praem. Abbot of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey, Albuquerque, NM will serve as homilist.

Burial will take place at a later date.

Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere, is in charge of the arrangements.

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