Rev. Louis P. Luljak, 78

The Rev. Louis P. Luljak entered eternal life at the age of 78 on Aug. 13, 2013, in Deltona, Fla.

Father Luljak was born and raised in South Milwaukee. The son of Paul and Pauline Luljak, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1961, and served at parishes in Kenosha, Cedarburg, Milwaukee, Racine and East Troy. In 1967, Father Luljak became Chaplain Luljak and began a 25-year military ministry with the U.S. Army. While on active duty, he was stationed in Vietnam, Korea, West Germany and several stateside military bases. He retired from the Army Reserves in 1992 with the rank of colonel. His motto was “For God and Country.”

“Father Lou” lived his faith, with a deep commitment to serve others. His greatest joy was celebrating Mass with his family and the countless friends he made in his travels throughout the world. He was proud of his Slovak heritage, traveling frequently to the birthplace of his immigrant parents and celebrating Mass in Slovak for members of the Slovak Historical Society of Wisconsin. In recent years, Father Lou assisted parishes in the Deltona, Fla., area and at Holy Angels parish in West Bend.

In addition to his parents, Father Luljak was preceded in death by his brothers – and great friends – Anthony (Tony) and Laddie. He is survived by his sister, Mary Moscisker of South Milwaukee. He is also survived by nieces, Carol (Don) Tessmer, Wisconsin Rapids, and Jane Mullins, Hartford; and nephews, Richard (Doris), Tom (Wendy), Jim (Kathi), Dave (Barbara) of Baltimore, Paul (Cathy) Moscisker; and many great-nieces, nephews and other relatives and his very special friends, Fran and Peter Clancy of Jackson and Michelle Foeger of Grafton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 800 Marquette Ave., South Milwaukee. Family will greet friends at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Committal services will take place at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Father Luljak’s name may be made to Missionary Sisters of Charity Inc., New York; Catholic Extension Society, Chicago; Xaverian Missionary Fathers, Franklin; and Divine Word Missionaries, Techny, Ill.

Schramka-Densow Funeral Home in Thiensville is assisting the family.