Sacred Heart School of Theology mourns the death of Fr. Joseph Gole, professor emeritus, who was on the seminary faculty from 1950 until 1975. He died Dec. 8 at the age of 97 in Milwaukee.
Born in Slovenia, Fr. Gole began his studies for the priesthood at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. While there, his education was interrupted by World War II. He completed his seminary training in Yugoslavia. He was ordained on July 4, 1943, for the Diocese of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1945 he left for Austria to continue his studies but was detained by German troops and spent time in a concentration camp.
After the war he earned his doctorate from the Austrian University in Graz and soon after began teaching International Law.
He came to the United States in 1950 to teach at both SHST and Marquette University. At SHST he taught Philosophy, Metaphysics, Homiletics and Scripture. Fr. Gole was fluent in seven languages. He also assisted at a Slovenian parish in Milwaukee for many years.
In retirement he served as a tutor for many years, and volunteered with the Knights of Columbus and the Boy Scouts.
In 1975 the Priests of the Sacred Heart named him an honorary member of their community.
The visitation will be Friday, Dec. 13, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bevsek-Verbick Funeral Home, 10210 W. Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, with a wake service to follow.
There will also be a visitation Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at SHST, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. More information is available from the funeral home at (414) 546-4342.
Fr. Gole will be interred in Slovenia.