Antone “Tony” Kolenski of Calverton passed away March 4, 2016, at the age of 102.
Tony was born Jan. 31, 1914, in East New York to Louis and Julia Kolenski. He is survived by his wife of 76 years, Albina; daughter Karen Pascale (Ronald) of Port Washington; son, Tom (Dianne), of Huntersville, N.C.; grandchildren, Chris Pascale of Pelham Manor, Susan Colotti of West Hempstead, Jeffrey Pascale of Greenport, Bryan Kolenski of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Stephanie Flack of London and great-grandchildren, Callie Pascale of Pelham Manor and Sebastian Flack of London. He was predeceased by his siblings, Louis, Steven, Edward and Arthur Kolenski, Virginia Alpert and Viola Dawicki.
As a young man, Tony spent time as a caddy at a Riverhead golf course; a bartender in Manhattan; a amateur boxer at the Air Force Base in Westhampton and a worker on the Talmadge farm in Baiting Hollow.
In 1949 he, along with his wife, proudly assumed ownership of the Calverton Greenhouse on Main Road, until it was displaced by the final extension of the Long Island Expressway in 1970. During that time he also drive a bus for Riverhead School District. Upon losing their home and business, they moved into a new home on Oak Drive in Calverton, where they spent the next 45 years enjoying their family.
Tony was very active in the Holy Name Society at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead’s Polish Town section.
In the 1960s, Tony rekindled his love for the game of golf and continued to actively play into his early 90s. He missed shooting his age by one stroke at the now Baiting Hollow Country Club, when his playing partner told him on the eighteen tee that he only needed a bogie to hit that milestone. In his mind, he never had a bad day on the golf course.
Tony spent the last five years with his wife at the Sands Point Nursing Home in Port Washington in what the staff referred to as “The Honeymoon Suite.”
Arrangements are under the care of McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Isidore R.C. Church or a charity of your choice.
This is a paid notice.