Father Charles Kribs dies June 10 in Belleville

Father Charles Kribs died June 10 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was 90 years old.

Visitation for Father Kribs will be held June 20th from 4-8 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Prairie du Rocher, his last pastorate before retiring. Visitation will again be held June 21 until 11 a.m. when the funeral begins with Bishop Edward K. Braxton, celebrant, and Father Dennis Voss, homilist.

He was born Oct. 2, 1925 in Shawneetown, the son of William and Juanita McGehee Kribs. After attending St. Henry Seminary in Belleville he completed his seminary studies at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis.

He was ordained to the priesthood May 15, 1951 by Bishop Albert Zuroweste. After ordination Father Kribs was assigned as an associate at St. Mary Parish in Mt. Vernon (1951-1954), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Herrin (1954-1955), and Holy Angels Parish in East St. Louis (1955-1958).
His first pastorate assignment was at St. Leo Parish in Modoc (1958-1960), followed by a pastorate assignment at Immaculate Conception Parish in Kaskaskia and as chaplain at Menard Correctional Center in Chester (1960-1961), and a chaplaincy assignment at St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis (1961-1962).

Father Kribs was next assigned as the pastor at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Metropolis and St. Paul Parish in Vienna (1962-1970). Later pastorates were at St. Mary Parish in Chester (1970-1986), St. John the Baptist Parish in Smithton (1986-1987) and St. Joseph Parish in Prairie du Rocher (1987-1995).

In diocesan assignments he served on the board of the Clergymen’s Aid Society and the Presbyteral Council. He died June 10 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

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