A vigil for Joe Kuban is at 6 p.m. Sunday at Nolan Catholic High School, 4501 Bridge St., near the intersection of I-30 and Oakland Ave. in East Fort Worth.

“It will be a closed-casket event as Joe’s wishes are to be cremated, and as such he will not be embalmed,” his brother Frank Kuban said. “I don’t have information as to where on the Nolan campus the vigil will be held, but being a Sunday night it will likely be the only event occurring at that time.”

A memorial mass is set for Monday at Nolan High.

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“This Mass will be held in the school arena, located on the west side of the campus,” Frank said. “As of this writing, the start time for the mass is 11 a.m., although this is not confirmed at this point. If the start time differs from 11, I’ll get back to everyone with the updated time. There will be no graveside service.”

Even in death, Joe Kuban is leaving a gentle fingerprint on the world’s humans and creatures.

“I have had several people ask about what donations they could make,” Frank said. “If someone would like, donations in Joe’s name can be made to either the Muscular Dystropy Association (MDA) or the Big Bend Natural History Association. The MDA was extremely helpful to Joe and many others in terms of providing or helping with wheelchairs, the wheelchair-equipped van, modifications to Joe’s house such as widening the sidewalk, nursing and hospice care, and such. The Big Bend Natural History Association was one of Joe’s favorite causes, and profits from the sale of Joe’s first CD have been donated to this group. This group aims to preserve the Big Bend area in its natural state for future generations.”


  1. Dr Kuban was my teacher for both freshman biology and senior year earth science class. I enjoyed both of those classes more than any others I took at Nolan. Dr. Kuban had a way of making rather dry material fun and interesting, and I will always appreciate that about him. Because of him, 10 years later, I still remember the trick for remembering DKPCOFGS. 🙂

    He was the most caring teacher Ive ever had, and NCHS has lost a great man.

    My heart and my prayers go out to the Kuban family