Deacon Florian H. (Bud) Heiser, age 89, of Winsted, formerly of Amery, WI, died Thursday, May 30, 2017, at St. Mary’s Care Center.
He just completed his 29th year of his ordination to the permanent deaconate for the Diocese of Superior the day he passed away.
Deacon Bud, as he was known, was born Oct. 1, 1927, at Plain, WI, to George and Catherine (Dischler) Heiser. He attended St. Luke’s grade school, and high school at Plain, WI, but graduated from Sauk City High School in 1945.
Shortly thereafter, he was drafted into the United States Army and served at Fort Bleiss, TX and Fort McCoy, WI, until being honorably discharged in 1946.
Bud enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1952, with high honors. He was employed at the Barron County Department of Social Services for four years as a supervisor and juvenile court worker.
In 1958, he enrolled in the master’s degree program at the university, graduating in 1958. He then worked in the eight Polk County school districts as a psychiatric social worker, retiring in 1991.
In 1963, Bud was given a scholar ship to attend the Harvard Medical School for one year in Boston, MA.
Deacon Bud was instrumental in establishing the Northern Pines Guidance Clinic. He worked there part time as a supervisor and therapist. Later, he and a co-worker did private practice as marriage counselors for several years after leaving the guidance clinic.
Deacon Bud entered the permanent deaconate program for the Diocese of Superior. He was ordained by Bishop Raphael M. Flise May 29, 1988, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amery, WI, and served as deacon at St. Joseph, and later at our Lady of the Lakes at Balsam Lake, WI. He retired from the deaconate program June 5, 2011.
Deacon Bud had many hobbies. He enjoyed music, liked playing the organ, guitar and violin, and was the youth choir director at St. Joseph Catholic Church for a number of years.
He also raised roses for a number of years, and at one time, had over 85 bushes. He was a horseman for over 30 years, raising many breeds and miniatures; with Appaloosas being his favorite. Later in life, he trained his miniature ponies to pull carts.
Bud enjoyed his visits to Ireland, Italy, and Mexico, as well as many places in the United States. For several years, he served as a volunteer in the hospice program in Polk and St. Croix counties.
A Mass of Christian burial took place Monday, June 5 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment took place Tuesday, June 6 at 1:45 p.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Cemetery in Plain, WI.
A memorial visitation also took place Thursday, June 8 from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Amery, WI. To sign an online guestbook and view a video tribute, visit www.williamsonwhite.com.