Joseph Michael Kolanski, 94, of Fairpoint, Ohio, died April 29, 2018, at Wheeling Hospital.
He was born February 5, 1924 in Lafferty, Ohio, son of the late Michael and Mary Kolanski.
Joe was retired from Y&O Coal Company. He was an active member of the former St. Joseph’s Church in Fairpoint, where he volunteered in various capacities, including being a Lector for many years.
He was most recently a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Joe was a World War II Army veteran stationed in Korea.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Fairpoint Polish Club, and a former member of the Moose in Lafferty.
Joe was an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing vegetables with friends and neighbors.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Constance Bosak; and brothers, Adam, Stanley, Walter and Frank.
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Halina (Lagod) Kolanski; his daughters, Joanne Kolanski of Fairpoint and Camille Kolanski of Stow; his son, Kevin (Darlene) Kolanski of St. Clairsville; sister, Marion Fischer of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; many nieces and nephews; and close family friend, Helen Mazol.
Friends and family will be received at Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home, 204 West Main St., St. Clairsville, Ohio, on Tuesday May 1, 2018 from 3-8 p.m., with a Vigil service at 4 p.m.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Clairsville on Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 10 a.m. with the Very Rev. Thomas Chillog officiating.
Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in St. Clairsville with full military honors conferred by the Belmont County Veterans Association.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Central School, 226 W. Main St., St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may also be made to St. Clairsville Council of Churches/Food Pantry, 67582 Clark Road., St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Share your thoughts and memories of Joe with the family at www.beckaltmeyer.com.