Richard S. Kolman


First Posted: 1/6/2013

Richard S. Kolman, 62, of Exeter and Wyoming, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, where he had been in the intensive care unit since Dec. 11, 2012.

Richard lived in Exeter and Wyoming until January 2012, when he became a resident at the Mountain City Nursing Home, in Hazle Township.

Born in Kingston, on Aug. 3, 1950, he was a son of the late John and Helen Mesaros Kolman.

Richard attended St. John the Baptist School, Pittston, and St. Cecilia’s School in Exeter. He was a 1968 graduate of Wyoming Area High School and also attended Valley Vocational and Technical School.

He worked for Marval Kitchens and later for the Celotex Corp., Harding plant, for 23 years. He served for many years as the secretary of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union Local and was a member of the union contract negotiations team. More recently, he worked at the Office Depot Distribution Center, in Mountain Top.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and served as a secretary and chaplain for the Wyoming Eagles, and also as a district secretary. He was an active member of the Slovak League of America, Branch 474, and the North End Slovak Citizens Club, of Wilkes-Barre. The Slovak League named him Man of the Year in 2009.

In recent years, he volunteered at the Wyoming Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 396. He was a great supporter of veterans, since each of his brothers served in the Air Force, Navy and Army respectively.

Surviving are brothers, Leonard, Maryland; John, Florida, and Michael, Stowell, Pa.; five nephews and one niece.

A Memorial Mass was on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston.

Interment was in St. John the Baptist Slovak Cemetery, Exeter.

Funeral arrangements are by the Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.

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