Thomas A. Bolanz, 79, of East Rochester, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Mercy Medical Center.
He was born April 6, 1937, in Rootstown to Fred and Grace (Blubaugh) Bolanz. He retired from PCC Airfoils in Minerva where he had been a chemical laboratory technician for 42 years. He was a member of the St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Minerva, the American Legion Aux. 24 in Bradenton, Fla. and the Atwood Yacht Club. He graduated from Augusta High School in 1955.
Enjoyed sailing, kayaking in Florida, hunting, helping his nephews on the farm, and enjoying time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice (Stryffeler) Bolanz, whom he married Oct. 5, 1957; daughter, Lisa (Barry) Fridley of Batavia; three sons, Todd (Maria) Bolanz of Wake Forest, N.C., Greg (Kathy) Bolanz of Louisville, and Mark (Karla) Bolanz of Minerva; sister, Joan Whittensoldner of Hartville; brother, David Bolanz of Akron; nine grandchildren, Jason, Dustin, Tyler (Amanda), Grant, Grace, Charlie and Kelly Bolanz, Stephen and Emily Fridley. He is preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Blubaugh and Jayne McFarland; and three brothers, Jerry, Walt, and Richard Bolanz.
Following cremation, a Mass of the Christian Burial was held April 3, in the St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Minerva with Fr. Victor Cinson as celebrant. Burial was in Heritage Memorial Gardens. Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com.