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Apr 15, 2019 11:51 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Lena M. Kolarik Of Hampton Bays Dies April 12

Lena Kolarik
Apr 16, 2019 3:01 PM

Lena M. Kolarik died at home in Hampton Bays on April 12, 2019. She was 90.

Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 7, 1928, to Italian immigrants Giuseppe and Frances Tarulli, she married her true love, Louis “Kal” Kolarik in 1950. In 1956 they moved to Hampton Bays where they raised their three children, Louis, Joseph, and June.

A storyteller, poet, confidante, and friend, Ms. Kolarik was described as having a beautiful smile and caring heart, making everyone around her feel important and welcome. She was funny, warm, and compassionate, a great listener and teller of her “stock stories.”

Growing up in an Italian household she learned to cook traditional favorites including onion pie, stuffed artichokes, and every version of macaroni with tomato sauce or as she referred to it, “gravy.” Food, holidays, and entertaining were always an important part of her life. She loved people. When she wasn’t watching Turner Classics and recalling every detail about movie stars from the past like John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, and Rita Hayworth, she could be found reading and listening to the classics like Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. She enjoyed traveling and, in her earlier years, traveled to conventions for Bee Paper Company with her sister Grace and later for family trips to Hawaii, London, and Bermuda.

She was a proud champion for her husband, father, children, grandchildren, and countless pets throughout the years.

Ms. Kolarik is survived by her three children, Louis Kolarik, Joseph Kolarik, and June Eaton; her son-in-law, Kenn Eaton; three grandchildren, who called her “Gaga,” Kenny Eaton, Jesse Eaton, and Jillian Kolarik; and many close family friends.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Scott-Rothwell Funeral Home in Hampton Bays.

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