John L. Kolek

March 11, 1936 ~ December 28, 2019 (age 83)


John L. “ Cleete” Kolek, 83, of Arnold, PA passed away peacefully at The Willows Presbyterian Senior Care in Oakmont on Saturday, December 28, 2019. He was born on March 11, 1936 to the late Andrew and Mary Ciganik Kolek.

He was a 1954 graduate of East Deer High School and served in the Army Reserves from 1954 to 1972 as a Sergeant First Class. John was a member of the New Kensington Eagles, the 7th Street Sportsman’s Club, and was the former owner of Kolek’s Woodshop in Creighton, PA.  He was a wonderful husband, parent, and grandfather. He loved playing euchre and watching all sports.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Dorothy “Tootsie” Kolek; brother, Anthony” Tounch” (Deborah) Kolek; sister, Martha Kolek-Kopinos; three stepchildren, Ralph A. Fallone, of Lower Burrell, Nicole E. Costa, of Leechburg, and Jason Miller, of Hollywood, FL; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph, Andrew, and Paul Kolek.

In accordance with John’s wishes, a private burial will be held at Union Cemetery in Arnold, PA. ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, was entrusted with the arrangements. Rest with the Angels, John. You will be missed.

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