George Kolinski

George P. Kolinski

Monday, December 18th, 1922 - Saturday, July 20th, 2019
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George P. Kolinski passed away peacefully on July 20, 2019, surrounded by family, at Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, CO at the age of 96.

George was born on December 18, 1922 in Minneapolis, MN to Ignatius and Theodora Kolinski. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy as Electrician Mate, 3rd Class and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1947 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He married Elaine Herrick on November 22, 1947. George and Elaine raised five children while residing in Springfield, IL from 1953 to 1973 and then in Mattoon, IL. George retired from a long career with Central Illinois Public Service Company as a transmission and distribution engineer and Division Engineer in 1985. Soon after retirement, he and Elaine moved back to their beloved Colorado in 1988, residing in Longmont for the remainder of their lives.

George stayed active in retirement, taking a job as groundskeeper and gardener at Cinnamon Park Assisted Living in Longmont and volunteering his time delivering meals to seniors for Meals On Wheels. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hiking and playing tennis. He was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Longmont.

George was preceded in death by his daughter Gail Simonds and his wife Elaine. He is survived by four children: Diane (Gregg) Rahn, Mark Kolinski, Marcia Kolinski, and Karen (Brad) Diepholz; son-in-law Rick (Jane) Simonds; grandchildren: Allison Ward, Kevin Simonds, and Clark and Dean Diepholz; great grandchildren: Ashley Slaight and Jasper Simonds; his sister Mary Busch, niece Joyce (Shelly) Olsen and many other nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, August 26, 2019, with lunch to follow in the parish hall, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 3791 Pike Road, Longmont. Inurnment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, Longmont, CO.

George’s family is deeply grateful to SCL Lutheran Medical Center’s Collier Hospice Center for the loving and compassionate care he received there in his final two weeks. Memorial contributions can be made to the Collier Hospice Center in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry Street, Longmont, CO 80501. Checks should be made out to “Lutheran Medical Center Foundation” and write “Hospice Inpatient Unit” on the memo line of the check. Or donate online at Be sure to select “hospice/palliative” and write “hospice inpatient unit” in the comment box.

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    Monday, August 26th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, August 26th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church
    3791 Pike Road
    LONGMONT, CO 80503
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Shirin, Akbar and Diane

Posted at 12:21pm
May the memories and time together bring you comfort and peace in your time of grief. Thinking of you today my friend . Love you shirin and diane.
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Mindy Catanzaro

Posted at 11:29pm
Karen and family, I’m so sorry for your loss! I can’t think of your dad without smiling, and that’s got to be a good thing. 96 — what an amazing life! I always remember both your mom and dad loving to play tennis, but my favorite memory is of helping you and your mom make gingerbread cookies. This time, and others, George would come into the room, chatting and misusing words. You and your mom would correct him and laugh, and he’d just grin, with the biggest twinkle in his eyes! I think he knew what he was doing all along! Lol Hugs, prayers & love. Mindy

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