REV. GEORGE BERNARD HORATH, age 79, passed away at Gundersen Boscobel Area Health Care on Sun., Nov. 2, 2014. He was born on Oct. 4, 1935, in Chicago, IL, the son of William and Mary (Martin) Horath and was the second of five children. He attended Little Flower and later Christ the King Elementary School and St. Ignatius High School, Chicago. Immediately after high school, Fr. George entered St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee.
During high school Father experienced a call to become a priest. Noreen Brennan, a family friend, Fr. Bill’s godmother, and a mystic, told Father after consulting Jesus that he did have a vocation to the priesthood. In spite of the fact the he was in line to receive basketball scholarships from De Paul and Loyola Universities, Father at the age of 18 entered St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee. He was ordained by Most Reverend Cletus F. O’Donnell, Bishop of Madison, on May 25, 1963 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison.
Father Horath served the Diocese of Madison as a parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist Parish, Princeton, St. John the Baptist Parish, Jefferson, and St. Dennis Parish, Madison, and as pastor for 37 years for St. Mary Parish, Fennimore, with eventual mission to St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish, Mt. Hope and St. John Nepomuc Parish, Castle Rock (now all merged into Queen of All Saints Parish, Fennimore), until his retirement from active ministry in 2011 as Pastor Emeritus. He also served the diocese as the Area Vocation Director for Marquette, Green Lake, and Columbia Counties, and as a member of the Diocese of Madison Board of Education.