Joseph D. Kalicka of Boynton Beach, Fla., died on Jan. 17. He was the husband of Bernice Rubinwitch Kalicka. Born in Holyoke, he was the son of the late Frank and Yetta Kalicka. A 1938 graduate of Holyoke High School, he received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Boston University where he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. He was a veteran of World War II and graduated from the Army Specialized Training Program at Fordham University. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. He became a Certified Public Accountant at the age of 21 while still in the armed forces. He started his own accounting firm, Joseph D Kalicka and Company in 1948. In 2004 the firm merged with Meyers Brothers, and today MBK is one of the largest firms in New England. He instructed advanced CPA and taxation courses at American International College, taught cost accounting at Holyoke Community College, and graded national CPA exams for the American Institute of CPAs. He served a five-year term on the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants named him a 50 year Honorary Member. He was a board member and 18- year Chairman of the Finance Committee at Providence Hospital in Holyoke, Past Master of Mt. Tom Lodge of Masons, Treasurer of the Holyoke Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, 40 year member of the Lions Club, volunteer auditor for the Greater Holyoke United Way, board member of the Salvation Army and Congregation Rodphey Sholom, Treasurer of the Jewish National Fund, and board member of the Holyoke Jewish Community Center. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Judy Ingis and her husband, Ted, and David Kalicka and his wife, Jan; his grandchildren, Elizabeth (Sanjay) Ramaswamy, Rebecca (Eric) Epstein, Jeffrey Kalicka, and Abigail Kalicka; and to his great-grandsons, Zachary and Aaron Ramaswamy and Daniel Epstein. He was predeceased by two sisters, Shirley Nuger and Sylvia Nuger. Memorial contributions can be made to Rachel’s Table, 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield MA 01108; Congregation Rodphey Sholom, 1800 Northampton St. Holyoke, MA 01040; or to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33407.
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