Father William J. Greytak, 84, died at St Peter's Hospital in Helena on the morning of Sept. 26, 2015.
William Joseph Greytak was born in Butte on Nov. 13, 1930, the son of Steve W. and Marie Green Greytak. His elementary and secondary education was in Butte (St. Patrick's grade school and Boy's Central Irish Christian Brother's High School, 1948) and he obtained his bachelor's degree from Carroll College in history. His seminary formation was at the American College, Louvain, Belgium where he was ordained July 1, 1956. Helena diocese's first bishop, John Baptiste Brondel, also attended this same seminary.
Bishop Gilmore, Helena's fifth bishop, assigned Father Greytak to teach Spanish at Carroll College in September 1956. Summer studies over several years earned him a Masters in romance languages from the University of Michigan and a Masters in history from Berkeley. He then earned a Masters and PhD in European history from the University of Colorado.
From July 1978 through July 1983 Father served as the rector of the American College in Louvain, Belgium. He returned to the faculty of Carroll College for the fall semester in 1983 where he taught and counseled students until retiring from that faculty in July 2001.
Father assisted in parishes throughout his years teaching at Carroll. Father served weekends at Sacred Heart Parish in Wolf Creek, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Helmville and St. Jude Mission in Lincoln. Beginning Oct. 1, 1992, he was appointed as Pastor of St. Catherine Parish in Boulder with St. John Mission in the Boulder Valley, a position he held until December 2014.
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Father Greytak is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Andrew A. Greytak. He is survived by his brother, Stephen J Greytak, and wife Honora; niece Kate Johnston and her four children, Rob, Charles, Christopher and Madeline; nephews Mark Greytak and wife Cheryl, John Greytak, David Greytak and wife Pam, Richard Greytak and wife Colleen, Christopher Greytak and wife Colleen, Robert Greytak and wife Cheryl, daughters Haley and Natalie; stepnephew Cyril Brdecka; stepniece Holly Ady and husband Bill; stepniece Christie Tujela and husband Paul and their children; cousin James Greytak and wife Bettie; and cousin John Husbey and wife Rose.
Special gratitude goes to Dr. Thomas Weiner, staff and nurses at Touchmark and at St. Peter's Hospital, and the parishioners at St Catherine's Parish, Boulder.
Viewing will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave., and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the funeral home. A vigil service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Cathedral of St. Helena. A funeral Mass is set for noon Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Cathedral of St. Helena with Bishop Thomas presiding. A burial will follow the Mass at the St. John of the Valley Cemetery outside of Boulder. A reception will immediately follow the burial at St. Catherine’s Catholic Parish Greytak Social Center in Boulder. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer condolences to the family or to share a memory of Fr. William.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like gifts directed to: The Greytak Professorship at Carroll College, 1601 N. Benton Ave., Helena, MT 59625.