Kenneth A. Golonka Jr.

GOLONKA Kenneth A. Golonka, Jr., age 49, of Hilliard, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2011. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 25, 1961 to Carole A. and Kenneth A. Golonka, Sr. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1979, the University of Notre Dame (1983) and finally The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (1986), graduating with honors from both. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Frank and Helen Knoll, Louis Golonka and Margaret Bergole, father-in-law Brian M. Smith, and brother-in-law Brian P. Smith. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Denise; and loving children, Katie, Kenny, Beth, Michelle, Therese and Caroline. He will be dearly missed by his parents, Ken and Carole; brothers, Chris (Inka), Greg (Julie), Dan (Megan) Golonka; sister, Margaret (Greg) Nicholson; brother-in-law, Justin (Kyongchae) Smith; and mother-in-law, Ann Smith. Beloved nieces and nephews, Frankie, Alex, Stephen, Nicole, Lauren, Matthew, Daniel, Jane and Rose Golonka, Ben, Madeleine, Sam and Isabel Nicholson, Justin and Ava Smith. Ken was a valued partner at the Law Firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease where he practiced real estate law. He was a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers. His distinguished career was marked by various honors and awards including Columbus CEO Magazine, Top Lawyer in Columbus 2010; The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law 2003-2011; Ohio Super Lawyers, Real Estate 2004 2011; The Best Lawyers in Columbus Guide for Real Estate; Chamber and Partners, Leading Lawyers in Real Estate 2007 2010. As passionate as Ken was about his work, his true passion was his family. There was never a major event or experience that Ken did not want to share with his loved ones. They were blessed with many great experiences together over the years, including trips out west and Europe for his well-earned sabbatical. Ken was the family story teller and historian who was fascinated by history and the world around him. Ken coached his children over the years in many different sports whether he knew anything about it or not. He was his children's biggest fan and could be seen at every sporting event, play, dance and concert. Friends may call 2-5 p.m. Sunday, at the EGAN-RYAN NORTHWEST CHAPEL 4661 Kenny Rd. and 5-8 p.m. Monday, at St. Brendan Church, 4475 Dublin Rd. Hilliard, OH where the Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday. Burial Resurrection Cemetery. Contributions may be sent to the Muscular Distrophy Association in honor of his dear friend Jimmy Kirchmeir who was one of many, many family and friends who have welcomed him home.

Funeral Home

Egan-Ryan Northwest Chapel
4661 Kenny Rd  Columbus, OH 43220
(614) 451-5900
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 1, 2011