Father John Endejan
John Endejan, 82, passed away January 13, 2014. He was born on April 19, 1931
in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin a son of the late Herman and Emma Bachmann Endejan.
Endejan’s priestly formation began at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary in 1951
and continued until his ordination to the priesthood on May 25, 1957 by the
Most Reverend Albert G. Meyer, Archbishop of Milwaukee, at the Cathedral of St.
John the Evangelist.
Endejan began his priestly ministry on June 21, 1957 as an assistant at S. Anne
Parish in Milwaukee. Father was
appointed the assistant director for the Archdiocese’s CYO on July 12, 1962,
and on July 1, 1963, appointed CYO director.
He was appointed a member of the pastoral team at Old St. Mary Parish,
Milwaukee, on April 16, 1974, and on March 31, 1981, was appointed to his first
pastorate to serve St. Matthias Parish, Milwaukee. On August 30, 1983, he was
appointed administrator and pastoral team member at St. Matthias. Father Endejan was appointed to serve the
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, the Archdiocese’s Mother Church, on
August 20, 1991, first as pastor, then on January 25, 2000, as both pastor and
rector. Father retired from active ministry on June 30, 2001; however, he
continued to help out at many area parishes. Father John was appointed by the
Archbishop as Boy Scout Director and Chaplain of the Girl Scouts. He served as
director of the Search Retreat Movement for many years. Being fluent in German
and Spanish, he was able to take on unique pastoral duties.
include cousins, Ingrid (Will) Braun, Frank (Paulette) Endejan, Agnes Wellens,
Thomas (Martha) Endejan, Anne Thorpe and John (Jean) Endejan all of Fond du
Lac, Peter Endejan of California, Frances (Gil) Titus and Judy Endejan all of
Washington, Scott (Abby) Endejan of Milwaukee, Gregg (May) Endejan of West
Bend, Gerda Dexheimer of Sullivan, and
many relatives in Germany.
Visitation: The family will receive
relatives and friends on Friday January 17, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:15 PM at Holy
Family Parish Church, 271 Fourth Street Way, Fond du Lac.
Services: A Mass of Christian Burial
for Father Endejan will be celebrated at 4:30pm on Friday, January 17, 2014, at
Holy Family Parish in Fond du Lac. Two
Memorial Masses for Father Endejan have
also been scheduled: Saturday, January
18, 2014, 11:00am, at St. Matthias Parish, Milwaukee (9306 West Beloit Road); and Monday, January 20,
2014, 11:00am at St. Columbkille Parish, Fort Meyers, Florida (12171 Iona Road). Burial will be in
the Calvary Cemetery, Fond du Lac.
Funeral Home is serving the family. www.zacherlfuneralhome.com