Stanley J. Kolenda

Stanley J. Kolenda, 68, of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed away on Sunday at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Township.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre on May 14, 1945, a son of the late Anthony Andrew and Charlotte Bolla Kolenda. Stanley was an Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He was employed for many years as a coast-to-coast freight driver. Stanley was also a member of American Legion Post 815, Wilkes-Barre Township.

He is survived by a son, Christopher Kolenda, Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Colleen Drazba; grandsons, Michael and Felix; brother, Anthony Kolenda, Courtdale; sisters, Margaret Englehart, White Haven; Theresa Price, Muhlenberg; nieces and nephews; dear friend and companion, Elizabeth Geffert, Wilkes-Barre Township.

Graveside Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's Cemetery, 1594 S. Main St., Hanover Township. Deacon Francis Bradigan, from St. Andrew's Parish in Wilkes-Barre, will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Stanley's obituary at

Funeral Home

Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 825-3138

Published in Times Leader on Sept. 30, 2013