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“Gloria and Craig, John and I are so sorry to hear about your mom. We had the pleasure of being your neighbors for 30 years. We will keep you in our...Read More »
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Genevieve Catherine Kolera, "Jean," age 93, died Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan with her family by her side. Jean was born July 19, 1924, in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of the late Philip Kuza and the late Catherine (nee: Nalepa) Kuza.

Jean was always a soft spoken, humble, and faith filled person, a woman devoted to her Catholic faith and love for her family and friends. Although soft spoken, she had a deep, inner strength that always amazed family and friends.

Jean had a dedicated work ethic and truly enjoyed her career working for Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Company, in Detroit, for over 20 years as a lab technician. She had wonderful bosses and co-workers which she often enjoyed talking about.

Jean's father taught her to dance at a very young age which led to a life filled with joy while dancing polkas, waltzes, jitterbugs, tangos, rumbas, cha-chas, etc.
She met her husband, Stanley, at the Mazurka Ballroom. Stanley loved to dance just as much as Jean did. They were a match made in heaven. They married on November 14, 1959 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Detroit. They both loved dancing and danced their entire 42 years of marriage.

Jean and her husband had two children, Gloria and Craig, which were the center of their lives. Family was everything to them. Her children say they were so blessed, in every way, to have her as their Mom. She was their best friend, hero, and now their angel.

Jean was known for her immaculate housekeeping. While in the hospital she even made her hospital bed because she wanted everything to look nice. The nurses were amazed and smiled.

Whenever she went out, she was always dressed with impeccable style. Nice outfits, complete with earrings, rings, make-up, fresh manicures, etc. Of course, we cannot forget the weekly hair salon appointments which she really looked forward to.

Jean and Stanley enjoyed traveling. They went on many trips to Las Vegas and various senior excursions. Some special trips included traveling to Poland, Italy, Switzerland and France. While in Rome, they were so humbled and excited to attend a religious service conducted by Pope John Paul II.
She so enjoyed going on a "Polka" cruise to Alaska with her daughter. Beautiful scenery, delicious food and fantastic Polish music made for a wonderful time and cherished memories.

When Jean and her daughter would drive around town, they would always be listening to a polka CD while in the car. It made them both very happy. Jean was also known for her excellent Polish cooking, homemade pies and special jello mold.

Jean and her son spent a significant amount of time together, often going to different restaurants, attending Tiger baseball games and other fun activities. Her children kept her busy with trips to the Fox Theatre, Fisher Theatre, Detroit Opera House, Caesars Windsor Casino, Frankenmuth, etc.
Jean lived a long, healthy life right up to the end which her children are so grateful for. She has run the good race, fought the good fight, and now goes to enjoy what God has prepared for her, as well as a wonderful reunion with her precious husband, parents, siblings, relatives and friends. She will be missed immensely by all who were blessed to know her. May she rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

Jean was the beloved wife of the late Stanley Kolera and was the loving mother of Gloria (Ervil) Kolera-Smith, and Craig Kolera. She was also the dear sister of Mary (the late Gene) Stec, and predeceased by her other nine siblings; Ted Mordowski, Bernice (Ray) Moore, John Kuza, Adele (Al) Rembisz, Andy Kuza, Matthew Kuza, Lottie (Ed) Geary, Julie Kuza and Adam Kuza. Mrs. Kolera is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and loving family members and friends.

Visitation for Mrs. Kolera will be held Tuesday, June 12th from 5-9 pm and Wednesday from 2-9 pm, with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren.

Mrs. Kolera will lie in state on Thursday from 9:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am, at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church - St. Clement Campus, 25252 Van Dyke Avenue in Center Line.

Memorial donations, in Mrs. Kolera's name, are appreciated to the Donor's choice.

Please share memories of Jean at her memory book above.