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 Thomas Kolodychak

Thomas Kolodychak

Birth
Donora, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 11 Apr 2016 (aged 85)
Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Monongahela, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 161008021 · View Source
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Thomas Kolodychak, 85, of North Charleroi, passed away Monday, April 11, 2016, in Forestview Skilled Nursing Center, Erie. Tom was born Dec. 15, 1930, in Donora, the son of the late Havriel and Anna Skrabut Kolodychak. He was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish in Charleroi, American Legion Post 22 in Charleroi and the Eagles Club of Monessen. He was a proud member of Donora High School's Class of 1949, and later served in the Army after completing the ROTC program while attending Duquesne University from, where he graduated in 1953. Tom was a lifelong musician, specializing in woodwind instruments. He played in numerous dance bands throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, having played most notably in his own band as well as the Frank Paterra Orchestra, and Stuart Arnold Orchestra. While playing for Frank Paterra, he met his future bride, Patty Paterra, a local vocalist and much-loved figure in the Mon-Valley. Like Tom, she always loved music, having directed the youth choir at St. Jerome Parish in Charleroi. Tom worked at a number of local companies throughout his life: Combustion Engineering, Lee-Norse, Leybold-Heraeus, General Electric and Davey-Dravo. Tom is survived by four sons, Dr. Michael Kolodychak and wife, Rebecca, of Erie, Timothy Kolodychak and wife, Jennifer, of Rostraver Township, Patrick Kolodychak and wife, Karie, of North Charleroi, and Joseph Kolodychak and wife, Kristen, of Beaver. Tom is also survived by grandchildren, Kayla, Alexander, Andrew, Kendall, Logan, Kellen and Kalina Kolodychak and Breanna Hartman. Tom's only surviving sibling, Dorothy Cuprik, resides in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Paterra Kolodychak; five sisters, Catherine Kolodychak, of Donora, Eva Novosielski, of Monessen, Ann Opett, of Donora, Lillian Mandzok, of Monessen, and Mildred Beecher, of Spring Hill, Fla.; and two brothers, Michael and Frank Kolodychak, of Donora.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Mary, Mother of the Church, Seventh and Washington Avenue, Charleroi, celebrated by the Rev. James Young. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com.

(Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on Apr. 14, 2016)


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  • Created by: Donna Butler Sheaffer
  • Added: 14 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 161008021
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Kolodychak (15 Dec 1930–11 Apr 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161008021, citing Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Donna Butler Sheaffer (contributor 46777676) .