The Rev. Howard Kalb, S.J., died Wednesday, April 4, at the age of 88, in the Jesuit Community at Creighton University.
Fr. Kalb was Chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Villa retirement center in Omaha, Neb. He served as the Pastor of St. Johnís Parish from 1990 to1995 and as Director of the Creighton University Retreat Center from 1997 to 2001. Before coming to Creighton University Fr. Kalb served as a math teacher and President at Campion Jesuit High School in Wisconsin, a math and theology teacher at Marquette University High School in Wisconsin, a Pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Minnesota, Associate Pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Iowa and the Director of the Jesuit Seminary Guild in Wisconsin.
ďFr. Kalb was a good community person. He used to say Mass for the Sisters of Mercy almost every day and loved to go to the daycare center to read to the kids. The small things were what were most important to him,Ē said Thomas Shanahan, S.J., assistant vice president, University Relations.
Fr. Kalb was born in Dubuque, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree, a masterís degree in Theology, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from St. Louis University. He attended St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant Mo., after entering into the Society of Jesus in 1941. He was ordained in St. Maryís, Kan. in 1954.
Fr. Kalb is preceded in death by brothers Rev. Bertram J. Kalb, Rev. Robert L. Kalb and Anthony J. Kalb. He is survived by brothers John T., Thomas J., and Richard J. and sister, Sr. Marie Therese.
Services for Fr. Kalb, will be Tuesday, April 10. A wake service will be held at 9 a.m. with the funeral Mass following at 10 a.m. at St. Johnís Church on the Creighton campus. Burial will be at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery following the Mass.