Mary C. Kolva

Mary C. Kolva, 84, formerly of Tower City, and a current resident of the Ecumenical Retirement Community, Harrisburg, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at the Osteopathic Hospital.

Born in Pillow, November 3, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Jennie Boyer Witmer.

She was a 1947 graduate of the former Elizabethville High School.

Mary retired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and had previously been a self employed beautician.

She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Tower City and its women's guild.

In addition to her parents she was pre-deceased by her husband, John "Jack" Kolva, Sr., 2008; three sisters, Pauline Wright, Esther Zerbe and Kathryn Romberger.

She is survived by a son, John "Jack" Kolva, Jr. and his wife Cindy, Hummelstown; two granddaughters, Emily and Jillian; one great granddaughter, Kendyl; her twin brother, John H. Witmer; two sisters, Emma Wolfe and Naomi Stahl; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 5, from Trinity United Church of Christ, Tower City with Rev. Edward Gobrecht officiating. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations should be made to Trinity U.C.C., E. Grand Avenue, Tower City, PA 17980. Dimon Funeral Homes, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guest book visit

Published in The News Item on Jan. 10, 2013