Jack M. Kolstee, 83, of Maple Springs, passed away at 2:48 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in his home following a brief illness.
He was born June 24, 1930, in Corry, Pa., one of five children to the late Merle G. and Rhea Culligan Kolstee. Growing up in Corry, Jack attended St. Edward's School and Corry High School. He also spent many hours working on his grandparents' farm in Clymer.
Jack was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving onboard the USS Currituck during the Korean War, and visit-ing many ports around the world. Following his discharge from the Navy, he studied auto mechanics at General Motors, and obtained a degree in accounting and finance in the Jamestown area. Jack worked as a mechanic for several auto dealers in the Erie, Pa. and Jamestown areas before starting his own business, Jack's Service in Maple Springs, in 1964. In 1973, he went to work for Jamestown Public Schools working as Head Custodian for 19 years, re-tiring in 1992.
Jack met the love of his life, the former Martha Jane Kesby, when he moved to Chautauqua County in the early '60s. They were married July 2, 1966, and shared many wonderful years together before she passed away on Jan. 19, 2009.
Surviving are four daughters, Candra (Erik) Lindstrom of Jamestown; Deborah (Paul) Langebartel of Maple Springs; Christine (David) Sheets of Anderson, Ind.; Karen Dawson of Maple Springs; 10 grandchildren, Andrew White of Fredonia; Jonathan Langebartel of Maple Springs; Leah Langebartel of Bemus Point; Katherine and Daniel Sheets, both of Anderson, Ind.; Jennifer (Brian) Brady of East Lake, Ohio; Elizabeth Morrison of Maple Springs; Carter and Brendan Russo, and Ella Lindstrom, all of Jamestown; and two great-grandsons, Elijah Morrison and Pierce Brady, both of East Lake, Ohio.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Lind Funeral Home.
Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. Friday and for one hour prior to the service Saturday in the funeral home.
Inurnment will be in the Bemus Point Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.