Rev. Paul Arthur Schiska
SCHAFFER — Rev. Paul Arthur Schiska, 92, of Schaffer, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Bark River.
He was born Oct. 30, 1925, in Norway, son of John and Ida (Deehr) Schiska. He was raised in Norway and attended Norway Public Schools.
After high school, he worked for three years at the Kimberly Clark paper mill in Niagara, Wis. From there he went to work for the Red Owl food chain. He was manager of a Red Owl Store in Green Bay, Wis., when he decided to enter the seminary. He spent three years at St. Lawrence Seminary at Mount Calvary, Wis., then two years at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and then four years at St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth. Rev. Schiska was ordained to the Priesthood on June 1, 1957, by the Most Rev. Thomas L. Noa in Marquette. Years later, during two summers, he returned to St. John Seminary to take advantage of courses that were offered.
He had a lifelong interest in photography, enjoyed listening to, singing and playing music, skiing, deer hunting, motorcycling, flying (he earned a private pilot’s license), sailing and reading. He enjoyed puttering around in his workshop and was a dog lover. From 1975 on, he had a succession of Westies (West Highland White Terriers), and he enjoyed them very much.
Rev. Schiska was a full-time teacher at Holy Name High School and chaplain at St. Francis Hospital, Escanaba. He served as associate pastor at St. Sebastian in Bessemer, St. Paul in Negaunee and St. Ambrose in Ironwood, administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Engadine with mission of St. Stephen in Naubinway, St. Joseph in Gould City, and St. Timothy in Curtis. He was also co-pastor of St. John Parish in Marquette.
Rev. Schiska was pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Champion with mission of St. Agnes in Michigamme, St. Gregory Parish in Newberry, with mission of Our Lady of Victory in Paradise, St. Joseph and St. Patrick Parish and then Church of the Resurrection in Hancock with the mission of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Franklin Mine, Sacred Heart Parish in Schaffer, administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in L’Anse, St. George Parish in Bark River and parochial administrator of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Escanaba.
Rev. Schiska was also involved as first diocesan coordinator of the Upper Peninsula Catholic Services Appeal, first managing editor of the Upper Peninsula Catholic Newspaper. He was appointed to the stewardship committee of the Michigan Catholic Conference, was a member of the diocesan personnel commission, president of the priest’s senate, member of the board of directors of the St. Joseph Association, member of the board of directors of the Bishop Noa Home for Senior Citizens, chaplain of prison facility at Camp Baraga, member of the Priest’s Council of the Diocese of Marquette, member of the diocesan college of consultors to the Bishop, dean of the Escanaba Deanery, and Episcopal Vicar of the eastern region of the Diocese of Marquette.
He retired from active priestly ministry in 1990, and for quite some years he was busy providing help-outs to various parishes across the diocese.
He is survived by his sister, Joy Bilski of Norway; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Paul and Pat Cayer, and Diane Inman, all of Bark River.
Rev. Schiska was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law, John and Liz Schiska; sister, Rita Mae Weber; and infant brother, Anthony.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, Sept. 9 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Bark River, with parish prayers at 8 p.m.
Visitation will also be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, with the Mass of Christian Burial at noon.
Bishop John Francis Doerfler will officiate, with priests of the Diocese of Marquette concelebrating.
Burial will be in the family plot in Norway Township Cemetery.
A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting crawfordfuneralhomes.net.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Schiska family.