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Peter P. Koliss

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Peter P. Koliss

AGE: 101 • Wilmington

Peter P. Koliss, 101, died on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Shipley Manor Health Care Nursing Home, Wilmington, DE, after a period of declining health.

His wife of 64 years, Evelyn M. (Guilmette) Koliss, died in 2004.

He leaves a daughter, Sister Joan A. Koliss, OSF, of Aston, PA; a son, Thomas J. Koliss and his wife, Carolyn P. Becker, of Wilmington; and nieces and nephews, especially Fran Koliss of Millbury, MA. He also leaves a close family friend, the Reverend Father John Albert Opoku-Acquah, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Benim, Ghana.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his parents, John J. and Sophia M. (Knych) Kalisz, of Grafton, MA; a son, Michael J. Koliss of Wilmington; and a sister, Mary Koliss, and three brothers, Frank, Joseph and Henry Koliss, all of Grafton.

Peter was born in South Grafton, MA, on June 1, 1916, and he and Evelyn later lived in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Nashua, NH. After Evelyn's death, Peter moved to Wilmington in 2011. He was a 1934 graduate of St. John's High School, Worcester, MA, and earned a bachelor' degree (1938) and a master's degree (1939) in electrical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Peter went to work for the Bell Telephone Company in 1939 and, before his retirement in 1982, worked his way up to a vice-presidency of Bell Laboratories.

A faithful Roman Catholic from birth, he enriched his life with Mass, daily prayer and spiritual reading. A member of the Knights of Columbus for 85 years, he was a Past Grand Knight and a former trustee of the Nashua Council of the Knights.

Peter and Evelyn donated to many Catholic charities and funded the construction of St. Francis Church in the village of Mprim, Ghana, as well as several other churches in the country.

Peter was an avid fan of the Red Sox, the Celtics, the Patriots and the Bruins and he kept fit with daily walks and stretching exercises.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. James Catholic Church, 89 Main Street, South Grafton, on Saturday, July 22, at 10:00 A.M. He will be buried in the family lot in St. Patrick Cemetery, Whitinsville, after the Mass. His children will meet with relatives and friends in St. James Parish Center after the burial. There are no calling hours. Instead of sending flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Friendship House, Inc., P.O. Box 1517, Wilmington, DE 19899 (
Published in The News Journal on July 21, 2017
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