The Rev. James E. Kimla

The Rev. James E. Kimla of Whitefish Bay died on Dec. 9, 2017, at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital after a long illness, with his family and close friends at his side. He was born on Aug. 26, 1949, in West Bend to the late John A and Zita (nee Whalen) Kimla.

After graduating from St. Frances Cabrini School, Fr. Kimla attended De Sales Preparatory Seminary and St. Francis Seminary. On Dec. 12, 1976 he was ordained by Archbishop William E. Cousins at St. Nicholas Church in Milwaukee. He celebrated his first Mass on Dec. 19, 1976, at St. Frances Cabrini Church in West Bend. He served at St. Matthias, Milwaukee; St. Mary, Sheboygan Falls; St. James, Mequon; St. Joseph, Grafton; St. Francis Seminary as vocations director; St. Barbara, Milwaukee; St. Rafael the Archangel, Milwaukee, and St. Joseph, Wauwatosa.

He is survived by a brother- in-law, Ray Riegert; a brother, Jack (Shirley) Kimla; a sister, Therese Bohn; a sister, Karen Kimla; close friend, Rev. Dennis Dirkx; a niece, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Riegert.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church (12130 W. Center St., Wauwatosa), preceded by a visitation in the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Private burial will take place at Holy Angels Cemetery in West Bend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis De Sales Seminary.

Becker Ritter Funeral Home serving the family.