Rev. George A. Etzel

Summary of Case: Etzel's name was on a list released in 2004 by the Milwaukee archdiocese of 43 priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of minors against them. He died in 2003.

: 1942
Retired: 1984
Died: 2003


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was Moses Elias Kiley (1940-1953), followed by Albert Gregory Meyer (1953-1958)

1958 Holy Assumption West Allis WI 3/4, 2/4, 2/3 Parish had a school with 481-693 students.


Meyer was succeeded by William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1965 Sacred Heart Allentown WI 1/1, 1/2 Parish had a school with 92-145 students.
1958 1965 St. Matthias Nabob WI   Parish had a school with 54-76 students.
1965 1967 St. Anthony's Pewaukee WI 1/1 Parish had a school with 139-145 students.


Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. replaced Cousins (1977-2002)

1984 St. Martin's Ashford WI 1/1 Parish had a school until 1968, with 56 students in its last year.
1984 1997 Retired Campbellsport WI   Etzel lived at 348 Mill St., Campbellsport, WI.


Weakland was succeeded by Timothy Michael Dolan (2002-2009)

2003 Retired Fond du Lac WI  

Etzel moved to St. Francis Home, which provided independent and assisted living as well as skilled nursing to its elderly residents.

Etzel died April 11, 2003.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1942-2004)

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This assignment record was last updated on March 3, 2011