Rev. Leo M. Lambert

Rev. Leo M. Lambert, 87, formerly of West Bend, died on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006 at St. Camillus Health Care Center in Wauwatosa.

He was born on Aug. 27, 1919 in Mayville to the late Odilon A. and Marie L. (nee St. Arnauld) Lambert.

He began his studies at Saint Francis Minor Seminary in 1934, and completed his priesthood formation in 1945 at Saint Francis Major Seminary.

He was ordained to the priesthood on Sept. 29, 1945 by the Most Reverend Moses E. Kiley, Archbishop of Milwaukee, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee.

Fatherís priestly ministry began on Oct. 10, 1945 as an assistant at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee.

In September of 1946, he left for Rome to undertake graduate studies.

Upon his return to the archdiocese in 1948, Father served temporarily as an assistant at St. Robert Parish, Shorewood, and was appointed an assistant on April 15, 1948 at Immaculate Conception Parish, Milwaukee.

On Feb. 9, 1961, he was appointed an assistant at St. Paul Parish, Milwaukee; May 25, 1961, as an assistant at St. Patrick Parish, Elkhorn; and Dec. 12, 1963, as an assistant at St. Lawrence Parish, Milwaukee.

Father was assigned as curate at Holy Name Parish, Racine, on July 1, 1964, and began his first pastorate on Oct. 27, 1965 at St. Bruno Parish, Dousman.

On July 15, 1969, he was appointed pastor at St. Frederick Parish, Cudahy, and on Jan. 14, 1975, pastor at St. Frances Cabrini Parish, West Bend.

Father served the last two years of his active ministry as an associate pastor at St. Frances Cabrini, retiring on June 30, 1989.

Survivors include a sister, Lenore Harris of Milwaukee; two sisters-in-law, Florence Lambert of Wauwatosa and Lucille Lambert of New Berlin; nieces; nephews; other relatives and dear friends, including Father Edward Wieland, retired pastor of Holy Apostles Catholic Church in New Berlin, and Father Leonard VanVlaenderen, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield.

He was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters, Yvonne (John) Toth, Florine (William) Gerblick, Raymond (Florence), Leonard, Elmo and Byron (Vir-ginia); and a brother-in-law, John Harris.

His Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, in the Mater Christi Chapel, Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center, 3501 South Lake Drive, St. Francis, with Most Reverend Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of Milwaukee presiding.

Visitation will be held on Monday at the Cousins Center from 3 p.m. until time for the funeral Mass.

There will also be a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with Father Jeff Haines presiding.

Visitation will be at the church only on Tuesday from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m.

Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain, Mich.

The family has requested Masses or memorials to the St. Frances Cabrini Education Fund.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.