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Reverend Denis A. Kolumber, M.S., 74, a member of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, died on Friday, May 16, 2014 in St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center. Father Kolumber was born in East Douglas, Massachusetts, on August 15, 1939, son of the late John and Mary (Gressek) Kolumber. He attended schools in East Douglas and attended Holy Cross College in Worcester before attending La Salette Seminary in Altamont, NY. He entered the La Salette Novitiate in Bloomfield, CT on July 1, 1960 and made First Profession of Vows on July 2, 1961. Father completed his priestly studies at La Salette Seminary in Ipswich, MA, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1967 at the former La Salette Shrine Church in Ipswich. He taught for three years at the La Salette Junior Seminary in Cheshire before leaving for the La Salette mission in Argentina. He is remembered for his seventeen years of dedicated service there. He ministered in parishes in Cordoba, Santa Fe, Yofre Norte and Las Termas. Father was named Co-Director of the formation house in Cordoba before being elected to two terms as Regional Superior. He was always grateful to the members of the La Salette mission clubs who supported the missions with their prayers and donations. In 1988 he returned to the States and was named Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Hartford, CT. Later that year, after a period of illness and recuperation, he was happy to return to ministry. He was named Pastoral Associate at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Smyrna, Georgia. He later assisted at parishes in Canton and Cartersville, GA, and at St. Patrick Parish in Lufkin, TX. In 2008 as his health declined, Father Kolumber was named to La Salette Hartford House. In recent years, he has resided at St. Mary Home in West Hartford. In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father Denis is survived by a sister, Mary Lamontagne of East Douglas, MA; a niece, Valerie Richard of Douglas, MA; and two nephews, James Lamontagne of Charlestown, NH, and Denis Lamontagne of Sayre, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the La Salette House Chapel, 85 New Park Avenue in Hartford. Friends may call on Wednesday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Burial services will be held at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield, CT. Contributions in his memory may be made to: Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114-2330. To share a memory with the Community or family, please visit www.dillonbaxter.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on May 20, 2014
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