Right Reverend Monsignor William J. Cremer
William J. Cremer, 1875-1969
Born: August 6, 1875, Festina, Iowa. Parents: William Cremer and Pauline Hennecke Education: Elementary: Parish School, Festina, Iowa Secondary: College: Classics, salesianum, St. Francis [Milwaukee], Wisconsin College: Philosophy: K. K. University [location not identified] Theology: The Canisianum, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria, from which he recieved a doctorate in moral theology. Ordained to the priesthood, July 26, 1901, Innsbruck, Austria, by Right Reverend Simon Aichner. Appointments: 1902-1904 Assistant, Saint John Parish, Independence 1904-1912 Assistant, Saint Mary Parish, Dubuque 1912-1918 Pastor, Saint Aloysius Parish, Calmar (1912-Aug 10, 1918) 1918-1924 Pastor, Saint Mary Parish, Dorchester (Aug. 10, 1918 - Sep. 15, 1924) 1924-1928 Administrator, Saint Joseph Parish, Bellevue [Msgr. N. J. Bies remained as pastor] (Sep. 15, 1924-Oct. 1928) 1928-1965 Pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Gilbertville (Oct. 1928-June 1965) 1965-1969 Retired (Jul. 1, 1965 - Jul 27, 1969) He was a faithful promoter of retreats for the laity, first at the Baptist Bible Camp and, after it opened, at American Martyrs Retreat House. He promoted the water system in the town of Gilbertville and installed the service in the parish buildings. He began constructing the Sacret Heart Grotto in 1945 and finished it in 1948. Golden Jubilee of Ordination, Gilbertville, 1951 Made Domestic Prelate with title Monsignor, June 27, 1952 Upon retirement, he lived in Dubuque until May 1968, when he entered Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian, Iowa. Died Sunday morning, July 27, 1969, in the Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian, Iowa. Family Survivors: Funeral: July 41, 1969, Immaculate Conception Church, Gilbertville, Iowa. Burial: Saint Mary Cemetery, Gilbertville, Iowa. Prepared by Msgr. Edgar Kurt, The Archives, January 24, 1995.
All information regarding William Cremer was contributed to IAGenWeb/Black Hawk county by Linus Cremer, CremerL@att.net, April 2016