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Rev. Msgr. Mark Schommer

Rev. Monsignor Mark Schommer, passed away Wednesday evening, July 12, 2017.

Born in Kaukauna, to Raymond and Rosalia (Wydeven) Schommer, he grew up with a sister and two brothers. He attended Kaukauna High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree a UW-Stevens Point in 1954. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and played in three exhibition games. This led to a lifetime involvement in the Green Bay Packer organization and he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Kaukauna High School and UWSP.

He served in the United States Army for 17 months and in 1956 entered St. Francis Minor Seminary to study Latin. He then transferred to St. Francis Major Seminary to study Philosophy and Theology. Most Reverend Stanislaus V. Bona ordained him on June 1, 1963, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay.

His first appointments were as Assistant Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Wautoma and St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay. From 1965 to 1988, he served in many diocesan offices. In 1988, he was appointed Pastor of St. John Parish, Gillett and St. Martin Parish, Cecil and served in many parishes throughout the diocese including Pastor of St. Rose Parish, Clintonville, St. Mary Parish, Bear Creek and Priest Moderator of St. Patrick Parish, Stiles, and St. Anthony Parish, Oconto Falls. He entered senior priest status in 2002.

Passionate about the education of children, in 1965 he served as Assistant Diocesan Superintendent of Schools and in 1969 was appointed Diocesan Director of Schools. He also attended Marquette University in Milwaukee where he earned a Master's degree in Education at the same time and in 1970 again attended Marquette University for a Doctorate in Education and was appointed Superintendent of Education for the Diocese of Green Bay. He was named Executive Officer of the Year by the National Association of Catholic Boards of Education in April 1984. In 1975, he was named a monsignor and raised to the dignity of Honorary Prelate by Pope Paul VI.

He is survived by a dear friend and housekeeper, Pat McGrath; a brother, Dan Schommer of Kaukauna; a sister, Sister Mary Lee of Holy Family Convent in Manitowoc; nieces and nephews, Mike (Kaethi) Schommer, Pat (Jim) Buss, Lisa (Wes) Kain, Shelly (Randy) Sprinstroh, Corri (Travis) Jahnke, Tracy (Jeff) Wydeven, Terri (Rick) Kuchelmeister and Bill (Diane) Schommer; a sister-in-law, Karen Schommer; 18 great nieces and nephews and many great-great-nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Schommer; a sister-in-law, Lois Schommer; a niece, Rebecca Schommer and a former sister-in-law, Virginia Ranquette.

Visitation took place at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, St. Mary of the Annunciation Worship site in Kaukauna on Monday, July 17 from 5 p.m. until time of a Prayer Service at 7 p.m., led by Deacon Steve Vande Hey. Visitation continued at the church on Tuesday morning, July 18 from 9 a.m. until time of the Funeral Liturgy, expressing faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord's Resurrection at 11 a.m. at St. Katharine Drexel Parish St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish Worship Site in Kaukauna. Bishop Robert Morneau was the Celebrant and Homilist. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in Kaukauna. Memorials can be made to the Diocese of Green Bay. Wichmann Fargo Funeral Home of Kaukauna assisted the family with arrangements.


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