Obit: Koltis, Adolph Louis (1927 - 2010)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Koltis, Kosnowicz, Haas, Bogue,
Abramczak, Smiderski, Frinack, Lewerenz, Pagel, Moe, Hedrington,
Sukanen, Larson, Apfelbeck
----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark
Co., WI.) April 21, 2010
Koltis, Adolph Louis (30 August 1927 - 15
April 2010) With Flag
Adolph L. Koltis, age 82, of Thorp, went
to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Our Lady of
Victory Hospital, in Stanley.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m.
on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic
Church in Thorp. Rev. Keith Apfelbeck officiated and burial
followed in St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation
was held at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Thorp, on
Monday, April 19, 2010, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m.
rosary service. Visitation was also held at the church on
Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.
Pallbearers were Nathan Koltis, George
Pagel, Roger Moe, Roger Hedrington, Clyde Sukanen, and Earl Larson.
Adolph Louis Koltis was born on August
30, 1927, in Thorp, WI, the son of Anton and Josephine (Kosnowicz)
Koltis. He grew up in the Town of Reseburg and attended Thorp
area schools. Adolph drove milk truck for Meske’s
Cheese Factory and then moved to California, where he worked for
Western Dairy. He was drafted into the U. S. Army and served
during the Korean Conflict, where he was decorated with two Purple
Hearts. After his discharge, Adolph returned to Thorp and worked at
Blue Moon Cheese Factory for a short time, before moving to
Minneapolis and working for Land O’ Lakes.
He was united in marriage to Patricia
Haas on October 20, 1956. Also in 1956, Adolph opened his own
shoe repair business. He later drove bus for Rosemeyer Bus
Service in Thorp, and in 1966, he became a custodian at the Thorp
Elementary School, where he worked until his retirement in
1998. He was best known for the special tune he whistled in
the school halls and his greetings to the teachers with "Hi Ya,
Kid." Adolph continued to operate his shoe repair business
after his retirement up until the time of his death.
Adolph enjoyed going out for Sunday
morning breakfast with his family, chocolate peanut butter ice
cream, and chocolate candy. Most of all, he enjoyed spending
time with his grandkids and following them in all of their
He was a member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig
Catholic Church, Thorp American Legion Post #118, and the Disabled
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of
Thorp; two sons: Mark (Sally) Koltis and Scott (Marilyn) Koltis,
both of Thorp; five grandchildren: Jennifer, Sarah, Nathan, Hannah
and Katie. He is further survived by three brothers:
Walter Koltis and Joe (Karen) Koltis, both of Thorp, and Jerry
Koltis of Chicago; five sisters: Leocadia Bogue, Adella Abramczak
and Harriet Smiderski, all of Chicago, Helen (Charles) Frinack of
Thorp, and Sister Kathleen Koltis of Stevens Point; one
sister-in-law, Katie Koltis of CA; several nieces, nephews, other
relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents;
his sister, Genevieve Lewerenz; and four brothers: Edward, Ben,
Frank and Ted Koltis.
His sense of humor and love for his
family and friends will sadly be missed.
Online condolences may be expressed at
Thorp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
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