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Roman F. Dolata, Jr.
Roman Frank Dolata, jr., 81, of Zion, Ill. died on Tuesday, June 11 at his home.
Born on Feb. 5, 1932 in Beaver to the late Roman and Julia (Rupar) Dolata, he served in Vietnam, retiring from the United States Army as a staff sergeant in 1972 after a 20 year career.
Following retirement he joined the motor pool in Fort Sheridan, Ill. as a mechanic, where he worked until his retirement in 1987. He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and playing Santa for his grandkids. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Moose Lodge.
Surviving are his wife of 32 years, the former Erika Gutbrod; four daughters, Sonja Field, Lydia Yuliano, Maryann (Fred) Farenzena and Carolyn (Tom) Roark; four sons, William (Mary) Wojnarowski, Ron Wojnarowski, Stan (Chris) Wojnarowski and Robert Wojnarowski; a daughter-in-law, Shari Wojnarowski; 24 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; an aunt, Kathryn Fiedorowicz; six sisters, Dorothy (Joe) Zielkowski, Leona Piche, Rose Marie (Chuck) Buechler, Toni (Al) Dondelinger, Dolly Key and Linda Peterson; two brothers, Leroy (Sharon) Dolata and Dan (Barb) Dolata; a sister-in-law, Koren Dolata; a brother-in-law, Chet Kabacinski and nephews, nieces and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helga (Mueller); three sons, Karl-Heinz Dolata, Thomas Wojnarowski and Michael (Dorothy) Wojnarlk; three sisters, Ramona Kabacinski, Kathleen Green and Carolyn Irvine and a brother, Roger Dolata.
Visitation was on Friday, June 14 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Congdon Funeral Home, Zion, Ill. A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with interment and military honors at Fort Sheridan Cemetery, Ill.