Rev. Joseph E. Kolb, S.J.

November 19, 1922 - October 17, 2012

11/19/1922 - 10/17/2012

Rev. Joseph E. Kolb, S.J., entered eternal rest Wednesday evening Oct. 17 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home. Fr. Kolb entered the Society of Jesus in 1952 and was ordained a priest in 1963. His assignments ranged from teaching mathematics at Wheeling College in the 1960s and later at Wheeling Jesuit University in the 1980s and 1990s. In between he served in Belize and Nepal, and he was part of the spirituality team at Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner, Md. Retiring from teaching in 2000, Fr. Kolb managed to turn his daily visits to the Howard Long Wellness Center at Wheeling Hospital into a sort of apostolate, dispensing jokes and encouragement to his many friends there.
Fr. Kolb’s wake and funeral will be held at the Chapel of Mary and Joseph, on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University, 316 Washington Ave, Wheeling, W.V. 26003. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 PM and from 7 to 9 PM on Monday, October 22, with a wake service at 8 PM. The funeral will be at 10:00 AM. Tuesday October 23.
In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made in Fr. Kolb’s name to the Jesuit Endowed Chair Fund, Office of Mission

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Carmella Campione, CSJ
7 years ago

My sympathy and prayers at the death of Father Kolb. I regret that I will not be able to celebrate at the visitation or liturgy, since I shall be out of town.

After his open heart surgery, Father Kolb spent time with us and our nursing staff at Mt. St. Joseph during the Christmas holidays. We have many memories of this special time of healing. He came back often to thank the nursing staff for their care.

I shall keep all you in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn his death and celebrate his new life.

Carmella Campione, CSJ

Sister Joanne Gonter, VHM
7 years ago

To our special Jesuit friends at WJU and the relatives of Father Kolb:

The five Wheeling Visitation Sisters now at Georgetown Visitation send our heartfelt sympathy. I was able to bring back copies of his obituary

with his picture for each of us and

when I gave one to Sister Mary Martha, she smiled and remembered when he used to stop her on the way to Mass in our chapel to ask about her motorized wheelchair, “Do you have a license to drive that?” We have delightful memories of him.

Sister Joanne Gonter