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Joan D. Kolakowski
April 24, 1948 - June 23, 2020

Joan D. Kolakowski

Joan D. Kolakowski
Apr 24, 1948 - Jun 23, 2020

Joan D. Kolakowski
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EAST BRUNSWICK - JOAN D. KOLAKOWSKI was a beautiful, selfless woman who met God on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. She was 72 years old.

Born in Bayonne, she resided there before relocating to East Brunswick 47 years ago. Joan loved the Jersey Shore. As a child she and her family vacationed there and carried on that tradition and love with her own family, spending every summer in Wildwood and Point Pleasant Beach. Joan was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She poured her love into her family through her kind heart, giving spirit and beautiful soul. She made everyday, occasion and holiday special and perfect down to the tiniest detail. Her love of celebrating life has left many memories which her family will forever treasure. Joan adored her 6 grandsons, she took great joy in spending time with them and cheering them on at their many school and sporting events. She proudly spoke of them and showed off their latest pictures which she always had with her.

Joan was a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. Bartholomew R.C. Church, East Brunswick.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Michael; her sons, Tom and his wife, Kelly, of Green Brook, and Jim and his wife, Jessica, of Manalapan; her daughter, Nancy of Milltown; sister, Claire Zaborowski and her husband, Bob, of Edison, and six grandchildren, Dylan, Brayden, Colin, Cameron, Austin, and Jaxon.

Family and friends may visit on Friday, June 26, 2020, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. Funeral services will be private. For directions to the funeral home, please visit the "Services" page.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Joan's honor, to Association of Marian Helpers, Stockbridge, MA 01263 or by calling 800-462-7426 -or- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial ID# 12058655, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38015, or by calling 800-822-6344, or stjude.org/dedication

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Mary and Joseph Rachinsky on Jun 26, 2020

We will always remember Joan as a happy and good person who loved life and her friends and family. May she rest with God and may her family be consoled. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
God bless you.
Mary and Joe Rachinsky

Michael Kulbacki on Jun 26, 2020

Maryann Bryant on Jun 25, 2020

Joan and I have been friends for almost 59 years. We shared many of life's experiences together: High School, dances, the Catholic Young Adults Club - where Joan met Michael, being in each other's weddings, celebrating the birth of our children and then grandchildren. We enjoyed getting together with our families and had lots of laughs. I knew I could confide in Joan and she would listen to my concerns and problems. You can only do that with someone you love and trust. Joan has always been the kindest, sweetest and most giving person I have ever known. I will always treasure the friendship that we shared and will miss her so much.
I know she is with the Lord now but someday I will see her again.
Maryann Bryant

Visitation

Jun
26
Friday
Brunswick Memorial Home
454 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Service

Jun
27
Saturday
Brunswick Memorial Home
454 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
9:45 AM


Mass

Jun
27
Saturday
St. Bartholomew RC Church
470 Ryders Lane
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
10:30 AM


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