Helen R. (Szostak)'s Story

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Helen R. (Szostak) Kolano joined the Lord on April 7, 2017 after a brief illness. She was the eldest daughter of the late Alexander and Rosalie (Bartosz) Szostak and wife of the late Stephen Kolano. She was formerly of Niagara Falls, NY and most recently lived in Merritt Island and later Rockledge, FL.
Mrs. Kolano worked at Maxim's Department Store and then Beir's Department Store while living in the Love Canal area of Niagara Falls. She was an active member of the Love Canal Homeowners Association, as well as a member of both the Echo Society and the Polish National Alliance. She enjoyed sewing, bowling and cooking authentic Polish cuisine, and the gentle, friendly manner she expressed to all will be sadly missed.
She is survived by sons, Kenneth of Killington, VT, and Richard (Sandra) of Clarkston, MI; and daughter, Ann Marie (partner Tom Bontempo ) of Melbourne, FL; as well as grandsons, Bryan (Hillary) of Sierra Vista, AZ and Brad of Mishawaka, IN; and great-grandson, Finley. She is also survived by sisters, Genevieve (late John) Kuca and Joan (late Jack) Mitravich, both of Niagara Falls; plus numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Alex (Helen), Bruno (Mary), Walter, Stephen and John (Catherine) Szostak; and grandson, Matthew Kolano.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 3 until 8 PM at the LABUDA FUNERAL HOME, INC. 356 Portage Road, where funeral services will begin at 9:00 AM on Wednesday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at Divine Mercy Parish, corner of Niagara and 24th Streets with Rev. Jacek P. Mazur officiating. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
Published on April 13, 2017
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