Lawrence (1913 - 1940)
----Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin) 10/03/1940
Klimek, Lawrence (6 June 1913 - 1 Oct. 1940)
Funeral services for the Rev. Lawrence Klimek, 27, who was killed in an automobile accident early Tuesday morning, will be held at the St. James Catholic Church, Wausau, at ten o’clock, Friday morning. Interment will be made in Wausau.
A solemn requiem mass will be sung here in St. Bernard’s church next Tuesday morning at eight o’clock.
Father Klimek was one of the teachers at the vacation school held at St. Bernard’s during the summer of 1937. During the time Father Klimek was assistant at St. John’s parish in Marshfield he was frequently here when visiting clergy assisted at special services.
Father Klimek and six Marshfield men were returning Monday night from a fishing trip on the Flambeau. After a brief stop at St. Bernard’s rectory about 9:30 and after having left his companions at Marshfield, he went on to Tomah alone. In the dense fog he crashed through a guard rail on highway 21. Death was caused instantly.
Services were conducted at Tomah, Wednesday morning, after which the body was taken to Wausau to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Klimek, where it will lie in state until Friday morning.
Father Klimek was born in Wausau, June 6, 1913 where he received his early education. He also attended St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, and St. John’s College at Collegeville, Minn. He was ordained to the priesthood in La Crosse on June 11, 1928 and read his first mass in St. James’ Church, Wausau, the following day. He served as assistant at St. John’s parish, Marshfield and was C.Y.O. director of the District of Marshfield. In April he was transferred to Tomah where he was assistant at St. Mary’s church until his death.
He is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters.
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