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Services Monday for Walter E. Kolasa

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Walter E. Kolasa, 91, of Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 6:45 p.m. in Hospice Franciscan Communities, Michigan City, IN.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 3, 2017, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Buffalo & 10th Streets, Michigan City, Indiana, with Rev. Kevin Huber officiating. Entombment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m., Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.

He was born June 27, 1925, in Michigan City, IN, to the late Andrew and Rose (Sarafin) Kolasa.

On November 6, 1948 in Michigan City, IN, he married Ruth Janowski who preceded him May 4, 2010. They were married for 61 years.

Surviving are daughter, Cindy (Matt) Block of Michigan City, IN; three sons, Terry (Nancy) Kolasa of Chesterton, IN, Dennis (Christine) Kolasa of Westville, IN, and Greg (Kathy) Kolasa of Onstead, MI; nine grandchildren, Beth (John) Walsh, Eric (Melissa) Kolasa, Dennis (Kelly) Kolasa, II, Mark (Amanda) Kolasa, Craig (Holly) Kolasa, Sara Kolasa, Michael Kolasa, Matthew (Nora) Block and Emily Block; nine great-grandchildren, Norah Walsh, Molly Walsh, Clara Kolasa, Carter Kolasa, Leah Kolasa, Mason Kolasa, Caleb Kolasa, Alexis Kolasa and Reese Kolasa; and two sisters, Martha (Bob) Michael of Lansing, IL, and Lorraine (Wally) Pritz of Michigan City, IN.

He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Mary (Frank) Ciganek, Veronica (George) Bolka, Josephine (Jerry) Janoski and Clara (Ted) Hycner; and three brothers, Fred (Virginia) Kolasa, Henry (Dorothy) Kolasa and Andrew (Loretta) Kolasa.

He retired as a electrician and was a proud World War II Veteran who served in the Pacific Theater in Okinawa, Japan. In 2014 he traveled with other World War II Veterans to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight Chicago. Through Honor Flight he made many friends and created lasting memories that he cherished. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Joseph Young Men's Society, Polish Business and Professional Club and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 531.

Walter was a great example of faith and perseverance to his family. He was an avid oil painter and woodworker. He loved working with his hands and fixing things. He enjoyed traveling, camping and visiting the casinos. The family extends their gratitude to Dr. B. Agarwal, Franciscan ICU Staff, Hospice Franciscan Communities, Sister Rita and Rev. William O'Toole for the care given to Walter.

Contributions may be made to Honor Flight Chicago, 938 W. Montana St., Chicago, IL, 60614,

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Posted 3/31/2017




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