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Rev. Victor Kaltenbach

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LIBERTY, Ill. -- The Rev. Victor Kaltenbach, 78, of Greenville, formerly of Liberty, died at 10:10 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18, 2013) in the Rosewood Care Center in Alton.

He was born Feb. 11, 1934, in Liberty, a son of Alois and Marguerite Schmidt Kaltenbach.

Father Vic was a 1952 graduate of Liberty High School and valedictorian of his class. He attended Western Illinois University for three years and went on to be a member of the diocese's first class at the Latin School, followed by attending seminary at Mundelein. He was ordained a Catholic priest by Bishop William A. O'Conner on May 26, 1962. Father Vic celebrated his 50th Jubilee as a priest in 2012.

Father Vic had served as an assistant at Quincy's St. John the Baptist Church, St. Mary in Alton, St. Aloysius in Springfield, and St. Patrick in Decatur. He served as parochial administrator at St. Mary, Marshall, for one year. He had served as pastor at St. Michael's in Greenfield, St. Catherine, Hagaman, and St. Patrick in Springfield. He served as parochial administrator at St. Lawrence in Greenville, prior to being pastor there from 1995-2009; since then he has served as parochial administrator at St. Lawrence.

In 1994, he became chaplain at the Greenville Federal Correctional Institution, saying Mass every Sunday afternoon, until very recently.

Father Vic was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and he was a fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He was a wonderful brother and a friend to many; he will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his brothers and sisters, Wilfred (Audrey) Kaltenbach of Naples, Fla., Vernon Kalternbach of Quincy, Marcella Fessler of Quincy and Sabina (Glenn) Fessler of Fowler. Many nieces, nephews and his friend and caregiver, Carol Giesen of Godfrey, also survive.

Father Vic was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Davidson; two sisters-in-law, Pat Kaltenbach and Connie Kaltenbach; and two brothers-in-law, Dale Fessler and Roger Davidson.

SERVICES: A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Brigid Catholic Church, presided by Bishop Thomas Paprocki, the Rev. Jeff Stone, the Rev. David Peters and the Rev. Bill Hembrow. Private interment will be in St. Brigid Cemetery, Liberty.

VISITATION: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in the church.

MEMORIALS: Memorials are suggested to St. Brigid Church or to St. Brigid Cemetery.

ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.

WEBSITE: www.dukerandhaugh.com.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2013
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