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Rev. Paul A. Schumacher

January 1, 1924 - July 27, 2010

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With faith in the Resurrection of Jesus, we offer our prayers for Rev. Paul A. Schumacher, who entered eternal life Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at the age of 86.

Father Schumacher was born January 1, 1924 in Green Bay, to Urban and Clara (Schauer) Schumacher. He attended St. Norbert College in De Pere and St. John Seminary, Collegeville. He was ordained at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, on May 22, 1948 by Bishop Stanislaus V. Bona.

Father Schumacher’s first appointment was as an Assistant at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay. He was then appointed Pastor of St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Lakewood (1961), and Pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Two Rivers (1968), where he served for nearly 29 years. Father also served as a Pastor Consultor and on the Presbyteral Council. Father retired June 30, 1997.

Fr. Paul loved the outdoors and treasured every opportunity to enjoy nature, from building the ski hill at Lakewood and teaching people to ski, to sharing a fishing boat with his grandfathers, his contemporaries, and his nieces and nephews. He cherished his time with his family and friends, who will always remember him for his kindness, his patience, his humility, his smile and his wit.

He will be deeply missed by his many parishioners at the Cathedral, in Lakewood, and in Two Rivers, as well as all those he befriended in Oconto and Abrams, in nursing homes, through Marriage Encounter and Jail Ministry. He relished the kinship he had with his fellow priests, particularly Bishop Mark Schmitt, and he was deeply grateful for his friendships with the Sisters of St. Francis in Manitowoc and Bay Settlement.

He was at the heart of his family’s lives through baptisms, weddings, funerals, Sunday dinners, times at the cottage, family trips, sing-alongs, and holidays; all of these were marked by his special presence. The common thread through each of these occasions is that no matter where he was, Fr. Paul always found time for God, often quietly slipping away for a moment to pray from his breviary. His dedication and faithfulness to daily prayer never wavered. His love for all of us was always strengthened and preceded only by his love for his God.

Father is survived by a sister, Sr. Urban "Ann" Schumacher, Bay Settlement; two brothers, Urban (Judy) Schumacher, Mark (Kay) Schumacher, both of Green Bay; sisters-in-law, June Schumacher, Marjorie Schumacher and brother-in-law, Don Zakowski, all of Green Bay. He is further survived by
many nieces, nephews, cousins, many relatives and dear friends.

Father was preceded in death by his parents, Urban & Clara (Schauer) Schumacher; two sisters, Mary Verbeten and Clare Zakowski; two brothers, Peter Schumacher, Dr. John “Hans” Schumacher, and a brother-in-law, Sylvester Verbeten.

Reception of the body will take place at 4 pm on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010 at St Matthew Church, 130 St. Matthew St., the corner of St. Matthew and Webster Avenue. The visitation will continue until 8 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm.

Visitation will continue on Monday, Aug. 2 after 9 am at St. Matthew Catholic Church. The Funeral Liturgy, expressing our faith and our hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, will be at 11 am, with the Most Rev. Bishop David L. Ricken, as celebrant, Most Rev. Bishop Robert F. Morneau, Most Rev. Bishop Mark F. Schmitt and Rev. R. David Kiefer concelebrating.

Burial will be in Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.


Born: January 1, 1924
Death: July 27, 2010



Sunday August 1, 2010, 4 pm - 8 pm at St. Matthew Catholic Church
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Monday August 2, 2010, 9 am - 11 am at St. Matthew Catholic Church
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Monday August 2, 2010, 11 am at St. Matthew Catholic Church
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