PRAIRIE DU CHIEN—Howard J. Gillitzer, age 80, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., died on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. He was born Feb. 3, 1938, to Carrie (Ocenosak) and Lawrence Gillitzer. Graduating from Campion in 1955 he entered the novitiate of the Order of the Holy Cross in Hastings, Neb. Two years later he was sent to Our Lady of the Lake Seminary in Syracuse, Ind., and four years later to Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minn. The next 20 years were spent in Administration, College Financial Aid and Fund Raising. In 1980 he left the Crosiers, worked in Production Development and Contracts for the Opportunity Center and retired in 2003. In 1981 he married Arleen St. Jacque Wachter who preceded him in death in 2012. He was actively involved with Holy Family Parish having served various ministries and Boards.
He is survived by step children, Gina (Neil) Wimmer of St. Charles, Minn., Bill (Dawn) Wachter of Woodman, Wis., Randy (Janet) Wachter and Dan (Julie) Wachter of Prairie du Chien; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Horstman of La Crosse, Wis., and Marian (Bill) Steele of Madison, Wis.; a brother-in-law, Jim St. Jacque of Boscobel; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn (Ron) Smethurst of Onalaska; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arleen; and brothers-in-law, Roger Horstman and Bill Steele.
A Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at 11 a.m. at ST. JOHN’S CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY PARISH with burial in Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Prairie du Chien Hospice Program or the Prairie Catholic Schools. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.