July 28, 1923
October 18, 2023
With deep sadness yet profound gratitude for a life lived to the fullest, we announce the peaceful passing of Steve Kolach at the remarkable age of 100. He was truly an exceptional man who exemplified a life filled with richness, joy, and fulfillment.
Steve leaves behind cherished memories that will forever be held close by his loving wife of 67 years, Pauline, and his daughters Karen (son-in-law Don Tworowski) and Shelley. He is also survived by his brother Eugene Budney and sister Mary Horak, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends, and neighbors.
Born on July 28, 1923, Steve hailed from the family farm near Thorhild, Alberta and remained an integral part of the community his entire life. Following a successful career as a farmer, employee, and businessman, Steve retired at the impressive age of 56.
Throughout his life, Steve found pleasure in various activities such as attending hockey and baseball games, engaging in weekly bingo sessions, playing on his computer, tending to his vegetable garden, shooting pool, and occasionally venturing to the casino. He and Pauline were fortunate enough to travel extensively, exploring destinations including Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Southeast Asia. They also embarked on memorable cruises through the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, and Alaska. Steve possessed an innate talent for repair, earning him the reputation of a skilled handyman who could fix anything from appliances and furnaces to cars, watches, taps, and toilets. Above all, he held his family and friends in the highest regard.
Music held a special place in Steve’s heart, and he demonstrated his passion throughout his life by playing his beloved saxophone in various bands and at numerous events, notably performing on his 100th birthday.
Steve dedicated much of his time to serving his beloved community of Thorhild, actively volunteering for various organizations. Notably, he served as the banker at two AGLC charitable bingo events as recently as last year. His substantial contributions were recognized by the Thorhild Lions Club, which honored him with the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship. Additionally, he was bestowed the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal in acknowledgment of his extensive voluntary work within the community.
Preceding Steve in death were his father Andrew, mother Katherine, and siblings George, Rose, Ann, Paul, Phyllis, and Jean. He was also predeceased by their spouses, several nephews, cousins, and countless dear friends.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at 10:30 a.m., taking place at the Thorhild Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church. Father Slavko will officiate the service, which will be followed by interment at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. A reception will then be held at Evergreen Funeral Home located at 16204 Fort Road, Edmonton, AB.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in Steve’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or any charity of personal choice.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the healthcare professionals at the Redwater Health Centre for their exceptional care and compassion towards Steve and his family during his brief stay.
Throughout his remarkable journey, Steve served as a shining inspiration to his family, a devoted husband to Pauline, a loving father to his daughters, and a steadfast friend. His presence will be deeply missed, and he will be forever remembered for his unwavering commitment to his family, his unyielding faith, his gentle demeanor, his steadfast strength, his strong work ethic, his unwavering patience, his optimistic outlook on life, his saxophone serenades, his lifelong sweet tooth, and his ever-willingness to lend a helping hand to those in need.