OBITUARY

Frank Kolenda

24 March, 194529 May, 2021
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Frank Donald Kolenda, age 76 of Grand Rapids, was taken to his heavenly home (which he looked forward to) on Saturday, May 29, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Dorotha Kolenda; brother, Dan (Pat) Kolenda; six children and 12 grandchildren Kristine (Alex, Jordan) Shavinski, Steven and Janie (Grace, Rainey) Kolenda, Bill and Alicia (Will, Drew, Alivia, Izzabella) Kolenda, Mary Beth and Rob (Kaylyn) Richardson, Lisa and John (William) Dewhurst-Walker, Stephen and Christine (Grace, Leah, Jeremiah) Ruedger; one great-grandson, Gideon; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Frank was a well-known certified professional photographer for 40 years in the Grand Rapids area. He was a charter member of the Photographers of West Michigan. His photos won many awards which were presented at the Photographers of Michigan convention each year. For 12 years, Frank was a faithful member of New Life Baptist Fellowship. He was the assistant treasurer there for several years. For 20 years prior, he was a member of the Woodward Baptist Church, being a faithful member in both churches. Visitation will be held from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2021 at Cook Funeral Home, 2067 84th St. SW, Byron Center, Michigan. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021 at New Life Baptist Fellowship, 6252 Burlingame Ave. SW Byron Center, MI 49315, with visitation from 10 - 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Pastor C. Powers Payton officiating. Immediately following the service, a luncheon will be held. Interment will follow at Sumner Community Cemetery at 2:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Life Baptist Fellowship or Mel Trotter Ministries. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcaresbyron.com.

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Jill Owolabi

8 June 2021

Dear Doretha and Family,

I was deeply saddened to hear of Franks passing.
He was a Wise and Wonderful co-worker and kind Friend.
A true Christian Frank was!
We had so many interesting conversations and observations just standing at the Costco Door.
He will be missed!

Jill Owolabi

Dominic Mattone

6 June 2021

My sympathies to Frank’s family. He was a classmate of mine at Catholic Central, class of ‘63. Although we went our separate ways after graduating we would periodically run into each other somewhere in Grand Rapids and visit. He did a wonderful photography shoot for our son’s graduation in 1990. Rest In Peace , Frank.

Cecilia Cunningham

3 June 2021

Dear Steve and Janie and the whole Kolenda family,

My heart goes out to you as you grieve the loss of your Dad and Grandfather. Your family is in my prayers. May God's peace and comfort surround you.

Cecilia and the Cunningham family

Sister Mary Ann Barrett, OP

3 June 2021

Dear Dorotha and Family,
On behalf of the Aquinas College community, we extend our heartfelt sympathy upon Frank's death. May your family memories and his awesome photos keep him present to you and close at heart....every day.
God grace you with Gratitude and Peace as you celebrate his life among us and his Eternal Life. As he was a '67 Graduate of Aquinas, he will be remembered by name during our Memorial Mass in our campus Chapel on August 26 at 4:30pm.
Know of our prayerful support at this time.

Tim Tucker

2 June 2021

I'd like to offer our condolences on the loss of Frank. I remember one afternoon in particular when Dot and Frank and Mom (Dolores) were staying on the beach in Panama City. Frank invited me to go along on a lunch excursion with him and a couple of his friends. One guy happened to be a professional clown and he enjoyed making everyone including the waitress laugh. I enjoyed that afternoon and every time I think of it I realize I have a smile on my face. You'll be missed Frank.
Tim, Vicki, Jennifer (Jonathan), Shannon (Dillon), Haven and Jordyn

Deb and Randy Miller

1 June 2021

Dear Dorotha and family,
Our deepest condolences for your loss . We know how heartbreaking it is to lose someone and we hope you all can have some peace knowing that he is in a better place and you will be seeing him again in our promised paradise. Love to all of you.

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