Kolka, Leora Ann, Carrollton, Michigan


Passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 at Covenant HealthCare – Cooper with her family by her side. She was 75 years old. Leora Ann Kolka was born on June 15, 1939 in Saginaw, Michigan to the late Russell and Caroline (Riley) Kennedy. She married the love of her life, Larry H. Kolka on October 24, 1959 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Saginaw. He preceded her in death on May 31, 2009. Surviving are four daughters: June Shields (Jimmy), Brenda Kolka Birch, Debbie Davis and Cheryl Kolka; nine grandchildren: Jenny (Eric) Bostwick, Jason (Megan) Kolka, Chad (Jennifer) Shields, Dennis (Katie) Manry, Christen Manry, Matthew (Melissa) Davis, Steffan Williams, Donte Williams, and Nathan Thomas, Jr.; eight great-grandchildren: Kayla, Caitlyn, Aubrey, Camryn, Gabriel, Ethan, Liam, and Chanell; five brothers and three sisters: Major Thomas (Pat) Kennedy, Ronnie Kennedy, Jerry (Deb) Kennedy, Jim Kennedy, John (Sue) R. Kennedy, Carol (Larry) Fortier, Mary Frost, and Sharon (Tom) Johnson; a sister-in-law, Donna Walderzak. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by four sisters: Irene and Ruth Ann Kennedy, June Anklam and Joanne LaLonde; a brother, Bill Kennedy. Friends may call at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State), on Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Sr. Christine Gretka, CSJ will officiate. Honoring Leora’s wishes cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Kolka Family c/o Jennifer Bostwick. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.