Christopher Francis Bolanz

May 13, 1963April 13, 2013

Christopher Francis Bolanz, 49, of Apex, died Saturday, April 13, 2013 at WakeMed Raleigh Hospital.

Chris was born May 13, 1963 in Los Angeles, CA. He was a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School in Ohio and Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where he received a degree in Communications. Chris was a veteran of the US Navy and was employed for 20 years with WRAL as a news director.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Dally; and grandparents, Henry and Molly Bolanz.

Chris is survived by his mother, Mary Lou Bolanz of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; former wife, Holly Bolanz; daughter, Lea Morgan Bolanz; son, Christopher Robert Bolanz all of Cary, NC; uncle, Bill (Connie) Bolanz; aunt and Godmother, Jane Bolanz; and many cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held 7pm Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home Chapel, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511 with Reverend June Fulton officiating. The family will receive friends at 5:30pm prior to the service. Funeral Mass and burial will follow in Akron, OH at a later date.

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Gary Haber

July 30, 2015

Chris and I served in the same duty section aboard Concord. I may not have known him well but he was always quick with a joke and a smile. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. RIP Concord brother.

Bruce Lewis

June 10, 2015

I served with Bolanz on the USS Concord(AFS-5). He was one of the nicest people that I had known. The last memories that I have of he and Holly were at a party that they gave back in 85 in Norfolk. The best. Rest in peace my friend and thanks for the fond memories

Judy Trent

June 3, 2013

Holly and Family,
You two were the best neighbors in willoughby spit! I had not spoke to you in a while and when I tried to look you up I came across Chris' passing. I am so sorry and will be praying for you all. Chris was one of the nicest guys! I will be coming to Cary in a week or so. Judy & Elisa Trent

shawn cardille

May 6, 2013

Im so sorry to hear of chris passing.I went to c f highschool with him and did a couple of plays with him.He was a warm,funny man.God bless his family and friends during these hard times.

Bervette Carree

April 28, 2013

I had the pleasure of working with Chris when I produced at WRAL. He was super talented! We shared so many laughs together. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 28, 2013

Our deepest sympathies to Chris's family for their loss. Lea and Christopher, please know that your dad was much loved by everyone he knew and you still have a lot of family here in Ohio - including all of us who care about Mary Lou.

Paul & Joli Magnus

April 25, 2013

So sorry to hear of his passing. I have so many vivid memories of my childhood in Cuyahoga Falls running around with Keith Hastman and Chris. I lived just down the street from Chris (next to Lions park). Chris was always smiling, and laughing as we would pull pranks on each other. We had so much fun.

Maddy Baumann

April 24, 2013

I was lucky enough to work with and befriend Chris at WRAL in the late 90's. A friendship that we rekindled when I worked in Apex a couple of years ago. He was a dear soul, sweet and funny and always kind. I will miss him tremendously.

Carl Bolanz

April 23, 2013

I am a Bolanz from Akron, OH. I am very sorry for the loss, Chris must have been a great guy. My name is Carl Edward Bolanz and our immediate family was born and raised in Akron, starting with my father, also Carl. My grandfather was born in Zunzingen, Germany and was named Heinrich Otto Bolanz.

Again, I am very sorry for this very early loss.


April 23, 2013

Mary Lou, I am so sorry to see the passing of your son Chris, I remembering meeting him when he was a small boy. I am Mary Jane McFarland's oldest daughter, Susan Baker. So very sorry.