THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Rev. Roger W. Strebel
Issue Date: February 28, 2019
Rev. Roger W. Strebel, 80, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.
Born Sept. 22, 1938 in Green Bay to Martin and Grace (Paque) Strebel, he attended minor seminary at the College of Sacred Heart Seminary in Oneida and studied philosophy and theology at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee. Most Rev. John B. Grellinger ordained him to the priesthood on May 28, 1966 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay.
His first appointments were as assistant pastor of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Green Bay and then St. Margaret Mary Parish, Neenah. Prior to being appointed pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Marinette in 1975, he served as Parochial Vicar of Holy Innocents Church in Manitowoc and St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Green Bay. In 1981 he was appointed pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Tigerton and St. Mary Parish, Marion.
He served as pastor and administrator of many parishes including, Immaculate Conception Church, Glenmore, St. Hyacinth Church, Antigo, St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Lakewood and St. Joseph Parish, Walsh. He retired in 2010, but continued to help out at parishes as an administrator and priest celebrant. He said working through the Catholic Youth Ministry of Boy Scouting was the impetus of his vocation to the priesthood. The basic promise of Scouting offers duty to God and service to others. Service to others was his life work of preaching the Gospel, building community and presiding at Eucharist.
He was appointed Chaplain of the Boy Scouts in 1976 and served until 2016 and pursued higher education throughout his lifetime. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Education at Holy Family College in 1971 and attended St. Mary University, Baltimore, Md. in 1986, where he earned a doctorate in Ministry. Through Clayton College in Birmingham, Al., he earned a Ph.D. and doctorate in Natural Health, a doctorate in Naturopath, and a Ph.D. in Nutrition.
Reception of the body by the Regional Vicar, Rev. Philip Dinh-Van-Thiep, took place at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 and visitation continued until time of the Funeral Liturgy at 11 a.m. at St Mary of the Lake Church in Lakewood. Bishop David Ricken, Celebrant and Fr. Daniel Schuster, Homilist presided. Burial will be in Allouez Cemetery at a later date. Weber Hill Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.