Herbert Harvey "Herb" Kalman

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Herb Kalman, 97, of Rochester, formerly of Boca Raton, Fla., died peacefully at his home in Shorewood Commons on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

He was born Sept. 23, 1916, in Chicago, Ill., where he was raised and attended school. He met the love of his life, Marna Lee Goldson, whom he married in Chicago on April 29, 1939. Despite family concerns that the marriage would not last, they recently celebrated their 75th anniversary. Herb enlisted in the Army Air Corps immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was trained to be a bomber on the B-24 Liberator. After the service, he resumed his career in merchandising and retail, specializing in women's ready-to-wear. His career moved his family frequently, living in Houston and Amarillo, Texas; Denver, Colo.; Chicago, Ill.; Tulsa, Okla.; Los Angeles, Calif.; and Bethesda, Md. Herb and Marna retired to Boca Raton, Fla., in 1983 and lived there until moving to Rochester in 2009. 

In addition to his family, his passions throughout life included carpentry, flying small aircraft, boating on the Chesapeake Bay, golf, bowling and bridge. In recent years, Herb became an avid MN Twins fan (and closet manager). 

Herb was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, a sister and cherished grandson and daughter-in-law.

Survivors include his wife, Marna; two sons, Ron (Susan Hatter) of Vienna, Va., and Jerry (Lydia Rossi) of Fallbrook, Calif.; one daughter, Dr. Beth (Dr. Barry) Karon of Rochester; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Tuesday, May 13, at 10 a.m. at B'nai Israel Synagogue in Rochester, followed by interment at Oakwood Cemetery.

Shiva (Memorial) services will be held Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. in the Shorewood Commons Activity Room, and Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at B'nai Israel Synagogue.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com.

Memorials to B'nai Israel Synagogue, St. Croix Hospice of Rochester are preferred in lieu of flowers.

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Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes & Crematory
5421 Royal Pl Nw Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 289-3600
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on May 12, 2014
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