Chester R. Kolinski, 74, 2031 Easlan Drive, Plover, died Monday afternoon, Oct. 25, 1999, at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover. The Rev. Pat Umberger officiated. Burial was in Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home, and from 9 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church. The Holy Name Society combined with the general rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
A memorial in his name to Hospice of Portage County has been established.
Mr. Kolinski was born April 19, 1925, in Milwaukee, son of the late Inez (Johnson) Kolinski, and Chester Kolinski, Dodgeville. He attended local schools in Milwaukee.
He entered the U.S. Army Oct. 8, 1943, in Milwaukee, serving as private first class in the 82nd Airborne Division band. He served in England, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Germany. He received the highest decorations conferred upon the 82nd Airborne Division by the Netherlands, Belgium and England during the liberation of Berlin. He received the European-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with four bronze battle stars, three overseas service bars, the Good Conduct Medal and the Distinguished Unit Citation. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 17, 1946, at Fort Sheridan, Ill.
He was married to Helen Kowalski on June 21, 1947, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia. The coupled lived in various places, settling at the present Plover address in 1985. She died March 22, 1999.
Mr. Kolinski studied at the Stevens Point Normal College (now the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) after the war. He began his professional career with Thorpe Finance Corp. in Stevens Point. In 1963, he moved into banking and served as vice president at First National Bank in Appleton, later serving as vice president at the First National Bank in Monticello, Ind., retiring in 1985.
After retirement, he worked several years for Kwik Trip on North Division Street. He was active in Lions and Rotary clubs. He was a member of the St. Bronislava Holy Name Society.
Survivors include one son, Dennis Kolinski, member of Society of St. John Cantius, Chicago; two daughters, Cheryl (Dewey Owen) Lovvorn and Patricia Fisher, both of Monticello, Ind.; his father, Chester Kolinski Sr., Dodgeville; and seven granddaughters.
His wife and mother preceded him in death.