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William E. Bolash of Arlington Heights for 54 years William E. Bolash was born Dec. 10, 1919, in Struthers, Ohio, to John and Mary (nee Klucher) Bolash. He died on May 7, 2011, peacefully at the home he built in Arlington Heights. Mr. Bolash served in the Army from 1942 until 1945. He started Milrose Construction with his brother-in-law, Ben Trapani, then formed William E. Bolash Construction until he went to work for the Village of Arlington Heights as a building inspector. William was a member and past Grand Knight (1956) of the Knights of Columbus at St. Cornelius Parish in Chicago, and convention delegate of the National Slovak Society. As a longtime parishioner of St. James Catholic Church, Mr. Bolash participated in many of the church ministries, including being a past PPC member and a longtime tenor in his beloved church choir. He was an avid Chicago sports fan and world traveler. He is survived by his children, Richard W. (Linda) Bolash of Burnsville, Minn., Robert C. (Camille) Bolash, John M. (Debbie) Bolash, Diane R. Bolash and Jean L. Bolash, all of Arlington Heights; his grandchildren, John W. Bolash of Burnsville, Minn., Jerome P. (Bonnie) Bolash of Crystal, Minn., James J. (Liz) Bolash of Rolling Meadows, Theresa A. Bolash of Crown Point, Ind., Susan (Ken) L. Kowols of Arlington Heights, Melissa Lowman of York, Pa., Jessie A. Bolash and Emily Rose Bolash, both of Arlington Heights; his great-grandchildren, Julian A. Bolash, Aleczander X. Bolash, Isabella M. Bolash, Julia G. Bolash, Jamie M. Bolash, Daniel W. Bolash, Alyssa R. Kowols and Samantha P. Kowols; his sister, Olga (Allen) Lacey of Georgia; and sister-in-law, Amelia J. "Millie" Trapani of Mount Prospect. William was preceded in death by his wife, Rose T. Bolash (nee Jakopovich); his siblings, Mary (Herb) Burns, Steve (Ruth) Bolash, Jack "Yank" (Doris) Bolash, Aldrich "Oats" (Catherine) Bolash, Vern (Emil) Jessey, Cyril "Cy" Bolash and Jean (Bill) Evans; and his parents. Visitation is from 3 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road (four blocks south of Palatine Road), Arlington Heights. Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the funeral home before going to St. James Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Wheeling Township Food Pantry, 1616 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. For funeral information and condolences, www.GlueckertFH.com or 847-253-0168.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from May 8 to May 9, 2011
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