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In Memoriam ~ Rev. Robert Urban ’50

Rev. Robert M. Urban, 83, passed away at his residence in Superior, Wis. on Monday, August 17, 2015.

He was born on May 8, 1932 in Chippewa Falls, to James and Mary (Schneider) Urban and attended St. Charles School in Chippewa Falls, then entered the seminary at Saint John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville, Minn. Fr. Urban’s seminarian schooling included St. Joseph Minor Seminary, Westmont, Ill., St. Felix Friary (Capuchin Franciscans), Huntington, Ind., and Mary Immaculate Friary (Capuchin Franciscans), Garrison, N.Y. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 1960.Throughout his diocesan ministry, Fr. Urban served parishes in Cable, Hurley, Foxboro, Dairyland, and Glenwood City. He also served as Chaplain for St. Francis Home & St. Mary’s Hospital in Superior, and for the Superior Knights of Columbus Council #449. Fr. Urban was also the editor of the Catholic Herald for almost 25 years.

Rev. Urban is survived by one niece, Carla (Tom) Steinmetz; two great-nephews, Jeremy (Carrie) Korn and Derek Korn all of Chippewa Falls; half-sister, Debra (Sam) Siebenaler; one nephew, John Siebenaler both of La Crosse; cousins, Julie (Bill) Brenner, Henry Schneider and Shirley (Bernard) Liedl all of Chippewa Falls, Richard (Patsy) Schneider of Bloomer and Margaret Bennett of the state of Oregon; and all of his priest friends in the Superior Diocese.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Delores Urban and Rosemary Korn; one brother-in-law, Gene Korn; one nephew, Jeff Korn; aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was always jovial and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed by many.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. TODAY, Wednesday, August 26 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Chippewa Falls. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Chippewa Falls.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Wednesday, August 26 at the church.

Family and friends may express condolences online at

Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls is in charge of local arrangements.