Frank J. Kolano

March 1, 1923 ~ April 14, 2019 (age 96)

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Kolano, Frank J. 

Age 96, of Forest Hills, passed away on April 14, 2019. Beloved husband of Elizabeth (Betty Zielinski) Kolano for 67 years; father of William (Brigette) Kolano, Nancy (Mark) Kosovec, George (Sharon) Kolano, Edward (Mary Lee) Kolano and Thomas (Karen) Kolano. Grandfather of 14 - Laura (Phil) St. Amant, Jessica (Nick) Padezan, Joseph (Alison) Kolano, Andrea Kolano, Michelle Kosovec (Jeremy) Bushman, Juliann Kosovec, Matthew (Michelle) Kosovec, Elena, Jenna, Daniel, Rebecca, Colin, Morgan and Elliot Kolano. Great grandfather of 4 - Benjamin, Nina and Russell Padezan, Dominic Kolano. He was the son of the late Wiktorja (Gorzkowicz) and Jozef Kolano; brother of Dorothy and John Kolano and the late Agnes (Walter) Wierzbowski, Rose (James) Walsh, and Anna Louise (John) Forlini. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and their children.

 Frank was a veteran of WWII, deployed to India as a member of the 127th Army Airways Communication System Squadron. After the war he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Tech and his M.S. from the University of Pittsburgh. He then worked for Westinghouse as a Mechanical Engineer for over 40 years. Frank was bilingual, proud of his Polish heritage, and a member of the Polish Falcons of America, Polish Arts League, Polish Roman Catholic Union and Friends of the Tamburitzans. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and an usher for 50 years. He was the Kolano family historian and had a special knack for growing orchids.

Friends welcome Monday from 2-8 pm in the Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home, 700 Linden Avenue at Cable, East Pittsburgh 15112. 412-824-8800

Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church of Good Shepherd Parish, 1600 Brinton Road, Braddock Hills, PA 15221 on Tuesday at 9:30a.m.

  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Polish Falcons Scholarship Fund, 381 Mansfield Ave. Suite 300Pittsburgh, PA 15220



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April 22, 2019

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.
700 Linden Ave.
East Pittsburgh, PA 15112

Mass of Christian Burial
April 23, 2019

9:30 AM
Sacred Heart Church

Jeannette, PA

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