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Edward P. Kolasa
June 7, 1924 - October 11, 2017

~~Boonville – Edward P. Kolasa, 93, a longtime resident of West Street and more recently of the Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital, New Hartford.

Ed, a son of Frank J. and Angeline M. Kolasa, was born on June 7, 1924, in Clarence, Pennsylvania.  As a young child, he moved with his family to Boonville where he grew up on the family farm on the Kolasa Road.  After graduating from Boonville Central School with the Class of 1943, he assisted his family with the operation of their farm and began working for the Presta Brothers' Auto Shop, Boonville.  Thereafter, he established his own business, Kolasa Body Shop, in downtown Boonville.  Ed, eventually, moved the shop to Post Street where he continued its operation until he retired in 1986.

On August 29, 1953, Ed married Audrey Mackey at St. John’s Church, Lyons Falls.  Indeed, for a time, the couple lived in Lyons Falls before moving to a home they built on West Street in Boonville.  Mrs. Kolasa passed away on December 3, 2012.

Ed had a passion for his profession.  Besides the day to day operations of his business, he enjoyed restoring antique automobiles.  Moreover, he took special pride in his 1962 Ford Thunderbird and 1955 Pontiac Star Chief. He, also, looked forward to and attended many car-shows locally and in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  In addition, he found joy in raising flower and vegetable gardens, following NASCAR racing, and cherishing the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.

Ed is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Lori (Barry) Pfendler and Jeanne (Bill) Szucs; his grandchildren: Drew and Matt Pfendler, Brittany (Kevin) Valenti, and Morgan Szucs, all of Boonville, and several nieces and nephews.  Besides his wife Audrey, he was predeceased by his siblings: Mildred Boc, John Kolasa, and Josephine Egnaczyk.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, beginning with an 8:15 a.m. prayer service at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church of Christ our Hope Parish, Boonville.  Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Leyden.  Calling Hours will be held on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Boonville Fire Company Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box #164, Boonville, New York 13309.

Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., Boonville, New York, 2017.

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