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Edward James Kolin, age 90, died December 23, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home in Erie PA, where he had been a resident for the past eight years. Edward was born on February 7, 1927 in Cambridge Springs, a son of the late George and Elizabeth Vranka Kolin, Sr. He married the late JoAnn Elaine Peiffer on October 16, 1954.
A lifelong resident of Cambridge Springs, he helped with the family farm while attending the Torry School and Cambridge Springs High School until graduating in 1945. Ed left in July 1945 for Sampson Naval Training Station to begin his service in the Navy. He proudly served during WWII and was honorably discharged. He returned home, continued to work on the family farm and began employment with the Erie Lackawanna Railroad until 1966. Ed then worked for Lord Corp. until his retirement in 1988.
Ed was a lifetime member and usher at Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. He was also a member of the John Stanley MacDuff American Legion Post 381, Cambridge Springs.
Surviving are his three children: twins - Krista Carleton of Erie and Kurtiss Kolin and his wife, Patricia of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Keith Kolin and his wife, Lori of Cambridge Springs; four grandchildren - Lindsay Hubler and her husband, Jason; Jessica McCormick and her husband, Adam; Melissa Carlton and Matthew Kolin; seven great grandchildren - Leah, Colin, Chloe, Braden, Julia, Carson and Tori. Edward is further survived by a brother - Charles Kolin of Brookpark, OH, an honorary son - Gary Parkin and his wife, Susan of Cambridge Springs and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Thursday, Dec. 28 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 pm officiated by Rev. Fr. David Poulson of St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Interment will be at Venango Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the PA Soldiers and Sailors Home, 560 East 3rd ST Erie PA 16507. To send condolences, please visit www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.
Published on December 26, 2017
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