Clara G. Kollar

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Clara G. Kollar, our beautiful, loving mother and nana, sadly passed away Friday, April 6, 2018.

She was born in Nanticoke and was the daughter of the late Clara and Clement Gruszkiewicz. She was also preceded in death by beloved husband, Albert and only son, Albert,

A graduate of Edwardsville High School, Class of 1945, she was one of the first young women in our area to fly overseas to Germany, post World War II, to be married to her sweetheart, Albert, U.S. Army in 1947 in a full military ceremony. While there, she gave birth to her first child, Albert Jr. She lived in Germany for five years before returning to Edwardsville.

She was a loving, devoted mother and grandmother who dedicated her life to her family and always had a great sense of knowing just how to manage everything along with her wonderful intuition, curiosity and insight into life. We all felt better with tough decisions, when she would express her view and it turned out they were usually the right choice.

She loved all, especially music of the '40s and master of the lyrics, making Frank Sinatra her absolute favorite but kept listening to current music and had quite a few pop favorites as well. Never letting age make her old.

A self-taught intellectual, she had a huge interest and curiosity in reading and learning all kinds of things and was a loyal viewer of Jeopardy and more often than not, got the "final answer." She loved nature, appreciated a beautiful day, and was always polite and respectful of others. Had real empathy for people and animals struggling and homeless. Even through illness, she would always thank all those around who helped her with anything at all. Truly one-of-a-kind mother, wife and grandmother who made all our lives richer because she was and will always be part of them.

Clara is survived by daughters, Donna, Edwardsville; Lynda, Edwardsville; Barbara, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Jeffrey Zapotoczny and wife, Heidi, Austin, Texas; Steven Kollar and wife, Jordan, Raleigh, N.C.; Amy Smith and husband, Trey, Ashland, N.C.; Lorraine Saporito-O'Donnell and husband, Dave, Hickory, N.C.; Amanda Griffith and husband, Michael, West Wyoming; great-grandchildren, Adam Smith, N.C.; Julianne Smith, N.C.; Aurora O'Donnell, N.C.; Owen Griffith, West Wyoming; and her beloved cat, "Kitty."

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 9, from Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson St., Larksville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Nesbitt Street, Larksville. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until time of service Monday.

Memorial contributions in Clara's name may be made to Whisker's World Inc. and homeless shelters of your choice.

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Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 8, 2018
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