Church: Greenwood – St. Mary's Catholic (New Pastor – 1974)


Surnames: Houston, Koopman

----Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Loyal, Wis.) 31 Oct 1974

Names as pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood (Clark Co., Wis.) is Father Robert B. Houston, formerly pastor of St. Stephen's Church in Chili (Clark Co.). Father Houston began his duties on October 15, 1974, and had previously served as principal of Columbus High School in Marshfield, prior to his assignment to Chili, where he served for three years. He fills the vacancy left by Father Koopman, who moved to Wilton, Wisconsin.

(Additional note added by Dawn Stenobl - )

Fr. Robert Houston who became pastor at St. Mary's in Greenwood in 1974 (per your post several years ago, see attached) remains a part of my special memories when as a child we would drive up from Chicago to my Grandpa Joe's farm half-way between Greenwood and Owen and attend Saturday night Mass at St. Mary's in Greenwood. At Mass on Christmas Eve this year, while everyone was singing Angels We Have Heard On High, I once again remembered Fr. Houston's thunderous voice when he sang, "In Excelesis Deo" as he walked down the main aisle to the back of church after Mass to greet everyone so many years ago. My family and I have never forgotten him.

Do you know where he went after St. Mary's? By any chance is he still living?



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