Leonard C. Kollar, 85, of Nanticoke, passed away Friday afternoon, February 14, 2014 at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton. He had been in failing health for the past six months.
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Born on February 10, 1929, in Shickshinny, he was a son of the late John and Anna Rushnock Kollar. He graduated from Shickshinny High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served as a member of the U.S. Constabulary and was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. He was honorably discharged on April 25, 1952, and attained the rank of Sergeant.
He married the former Marcella Pratz with whom he would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on February 20th.
Mr. Kollar was a self- employed General contractor for many years and later had a second career as an over the road truck driver and was employed by Penns Best Inc., Meshoppen. He ultimately resumed doing contracting until recently.
Leonard's main interest in life was his family. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do to help them whether it was putting on a roof in California or remodeling a kitchen in New Jersey! He enjoyed traveling, gardening, polka dancing, wood working, playing cards and will be especially remembered for doing for others, family, friends and neighbors.
He was a member of St. Faustina Kowalska Parish, Nanticoke, and had been a faithful and active member of St. Stanislaus Church prior to the consolidation of parishes. He served as a lector, and usher and was active in the Holy Name Society.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Isabelle Hubicki; and brothers, John, Albert and Edward Kollar.
Surviving are his wife, Marcella; four children, Gayle Ann Swain, Huntington Beach, CA, Kathy Link and husband, Lt. Col. Wilfried Link, USAF, Vacaville, CA, Lt. Col. Kris Kollar, PA Air National Guard and wife, Lauri, Lebanon, PA and Leanne Kelly, Turnersville, NJ, 9 Grandchildren, 2 great granddaughters, a brother, Edmund Kollar and wife, Elaine, Cinnaminson, NJ and a sister Shirley Bolinski, Glen Mills, PA, a sister-in-law, Stella Kollar, Sweet Valley, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will begin Tuesday at 10: 30 a.m. from Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 East Broad Street, Nanticoke with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the main site of St. Faustina Kowalska Parish, 520 South Hanover Street, Nanticoke with the Rev. James R. Nash as celebrant.
Interment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Nanticoke with military honors.
Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family extends their sincere thanks to the staff of Gino J. Merli Veterans Center and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their compassion and amazing care. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Mr. Kollar's memory be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (570) 706-2400.
Davis Dinelli Funeral Home
170 E Broad St
Nanticoke, PA 18634
Published in Citizens' Voice from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2014