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Frank "Pudgy" Kolatis
October 21, 1936 ~ October 12, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Frank “Pudgy” Kolatis Jr., 86, of Dunmore, died Thursday morning at home. His wife, the former Vera Guimento, died Oct. 13, 2021. The couple had been married for 64 years at the time of her passing.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Francis Kolatis Sr. and Philomena Costanzo Kolatis. Frank was a 1955 graduate of Dunmore High School and served in the United States Army Reserves. Prior to retirement, Frank worked in the warehouse industry as a dock worker.
Frank was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and canning. He also enjoyed going to the casino and playing Baccarat with his friends he met throughout the years. He was a member of the Smith Street Social Club. In his younger years, he was a chef at his parent’s restaurant, the former Redd’s in Dunmore and also cooked while he served in the Army Reserves. Frank enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Surviving are daughters, Karen DeMarco and husband, Leonard, Mahopac, N.Y.; Laurie Mecca and husband, Brian, Madison Twp.; and Melissa Pavlowski and husband, Tom, of Dunmore; grandchildren, Frank Kolatis and wife, Cassandra, Olyphant; Travis DeMarco and wife, Hope, Mahopac, N.Y.; Emily, Megan and Tommy Pavlowski, all of Dunmore; a great-granddaughter, Alessandra and a soon to be great-granddaughter due in February; a brother, Philip Kolatis and wife, Jess, Scranton; an uncle, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary Evans.
The funeral will be Tuesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503