Rev. Patrick Fletcher
The Rev. Patrick Fletcher, 69, a Stevens Point native, a chaplain and retired major in the U.S. Air Force, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Milwaukee.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28,at St. Anthony Church in Milwaukee. Interment with military honors will be at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Milwaukee.
Visitation will be at the church from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday.
Memorials to a Catholic charity of one choice is appreciated.
Max A. Sass & Sons Funeral and Cremation Service in
Milwaukee assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.maxsass.com.
The Rev. Fletcher was born in Stevens Point, a son of the
late Elizabeth (Ervin) Zivicki and John Fletcher. He was raised in West Allis.
He graduated from Marquette University, went to Europe to
study and eventually ended up in Krakow, Poland.
He spent several years studying in Krakow during the 1970s
when Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, who became Pope John Paul II, was the archbishop.
He gave the cardinal personal tutoring sessions in English on Saturday mornings
and at one point the cardinal told him he would be a priest and he would ordain
He was ordained June 2, 1985, by Pope St. John Paul II at
St. Peter Basilica in Rome after having trained in the Sedes Sapientiae
priestly formation at Rome’s Pontifical Nepomucene College under the direction
of Msgr. John McCarthy.
He was incardinated in the Diocese of Ponce, Puerto Rico and
after three years on the island as chaplain of the Catholic University in Ponce
he was released to become a Catholic chaplain for the U.S. Air Force. He served
for 20 years at a number of bases in the U.S. and around the world until his
retirement as major and return to Milwaukee in 2009.
He was awarded several times with the Air Force Commendation
Medal from the Department of the Air Force. He was honored for distinguishing
himself with outstanding professional skill, knowledge, leadership, caring and
ministry, acute sensitivity and swift response to the religious needs.
He studied 12 languages and spoke fluently in six of them.
Survivors include two brothers, Michael (Sandra) Zivicki and
Richard (Kathryn) Zivicki; one sister, Maribeth Waterfield; nieces; nephews;
and his caretaker, Ishmael Avilés.