bernice kolanko
Bernice B. Kolanko, 82, of Weirton, passed away Thursday, July 05, 2007, at the Weirton Geriatric Center. Born October 28, 1924 in Weirton, she was the daughter of the late John and Sophie Stoy Marut. She was also preceded in death by her brother Anthony Marut, sister, Pauline Doorley; grandson, Charles Kolanko; and an infant brother and sister. Bernice was a homemaker, a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, where she was the first Eucharistic Minister. She was also active in the Christian Mothers, Rosary Society, Ministry of Praise and served on the Diocesan Deanery Council. Bernice volunteered countless hours for Pro Life Organizations. Bernice’s survivors include her husband Edward J. Kolanko of Weirton; three sons, Dr. William E. Kolanko, and his wife Cynthia of Greyslake, IL, Dr. Vincent P. Kolanko, and his wife Dody of Morgantown, WV, and Dr. Christopher J. Kolanko, and his wife Donna of Morgantown, WV; daughter, Dr. Kathrine M. Kolanko and her husband Roger Gall of New Cumberland, WV; sister, Anna Gulick of Weirton; seven grandchildren, Joshua and his wife Stephanie Kolanko, Rachel, Daniel, Kylie, John, Anthony, and Colton Kolanko; three great-grandchildren, Mishaela, Kayla, and Catherine Kolanko. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Saturday, and 1-3 and 6-8 PM Sunday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 AM Monday at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Reverend Father Dean Borgmeyer officiating. Entombment will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 200 Preston Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062 or Madonna High School, Park Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes and memories with her family at

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  1. Josh and Stephanie, I am so sorry to hear of your grandmother’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Jennifer (Pulice) Curtis

  2. Vince and Dody, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She is in a better place now. You will always have the precious memories of her in your heart forever with your to carry throughout time… Her memory will live on forever with you…remember that… You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you, Frank and Raelene Oros

  3. Dr. Kolanko and family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We extend our deepest sympathy to your and your family. With deepest sympathy, Physicians and staff Wedgewood Family Practice

  4. Dr. Kolanko, Dody and family, Sincere sympathy in your loss. If there is anything I can do, please feel free to ask. Stephanie

  5. My condolences to your family. The loss of a loved one may be the most difficult thing you may ever have to go through. You will find the strength from the LORD and from family and friends to help guide you during this emotional time in life. My thoughts and prayers are with your family

  6. Uncle Eddie, Kathy, Bill, Vincent, Chris, and family We love Aunt Bernice. We have many happy memories that we will cherish forever. She had such a kind soul. Everytime we sing polish songs, we will think of Aunt Bernice. She will always be in our daily prayers.

  7. Vince and family, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I pray that you are able, at this time of sorrow, to rejoice in the life that you shared with your mother. Sincerely, Cathy Kenny

  8. Vince, Dody, Rachel and Anthony, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. We take comfort in times like this that God will have blessed you with enough happy memories to last you a lifetime. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  9. Dr. Vince Kolanko & Family Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Your memories of your Mother will carry you through the hard times and remind you of the good times. If there is anything we can do, please ask. Robert Logan & Karen Wolfe

  10. Dear Friends, My eldest sister, Yvonne, called me as soon as she heard of your mother’s death when she attended Mass at SHM. Immediately many wonderful thoughts and memories of your mother came to mind. Her faith and devotion were tremendous! She was a fantastic Eucharistic Minister to the Sick and Homebound. Your care for her over these recent years is a shining testimony of your stance for the dignity of all human life, no matter how seemingly frail. God has welcomed her to Heaven! May the thoughts and prayers of many, like myself, be a comfort to you as you grieve her. Sincerely, Stan Tuchalski

  11. Vince I just read in the DP of your mom’s death. You and your family are in my prayers. Mass for all of you July24 here in Hampton. Peace Fr. Bauer

  12. Dr.Kolanko & family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you joy and happiness in this tough time. Love, Sarah

  13. Our sincere sympathy to the Kolanko family. You will remain in our prayers. Norman and Nancy Ferrari

  14. Vince and family, Sorry to hear of your loss. You and the family are in our prayers. With deepest sympathy, Curt & Chrissy Calkins

  15. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Both Mr. and Mrs. Kolanko have been great friends to our family. May she rest in peace with God.

  16. Dr. Kolanko, I am really sorry to hear that your mother passed away. I have you in my thoughts. Stay strong and remember we love you. Becky,Chris, and Haleigh

  17. Uncle Eddie, Kathy, Bill, Vincent, Chris, and family: On behalf of the Marut side of the family; we wanted to send our love and prayers. Aunt Bernice was always the sweetest person, one who had a smile on her face and a kind word for all her nieces and nephews. She was such a good example to us all. She was loved and will be missed. I know her brother, our Dad, Tony was there to welcome her into Heaven. May God hold her in his loving arms and may she sleep with the Angels. We love you, and Uncle Eddie, you remaine in our prayers. The Marut Children: Josephine, Tom, Theresa, Rita Anne & Rosemary.

  18. Chris: So very sorry for the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care and God Bless The Girls at Morgantown Pulmonary

  19. My family prays for you all in this time of mourning. In your sorrow, please take comfort in Bernice’s reunion with family that preceded her into eternal life.

  20. Vince, We wanted to offer our condolences on the loss of your beloved mother. It’s always heartbreaking to lose a loved one, especially a parent, and we want you to know that you and your family are in our prayers during this difficult time. God Bless, Bruce, Natalia, Tony, and Andrew Bottini

  21. Mr. Kolanko,Kathy,Billy,Chris and Vincent: I was so sorry to hear that Mrs. Kolanko had passed away. She was one of the kindest and gentlest people I ever knew. She always had a smile and I remember her with such fondness. I am sending my deepest sympathies and prayers for your family at this sad time.

  22. Dear Mr. Kolanko, Kathy, Bill and families, I was saddened to hear of your wife and mom’s passing. I remember Mrs. Kolanko as a very quiet but gentle presence in all the activities she was involved in at St. Paul’s when Ed helped out at the school. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Angela Carpini Reinard

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