Phoenix-Robin Josef “RJ” Kolkoski passed away peacefully on June 25, 2019. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1933 to Chester and Ruth Kolkoski. RJ graduated from Michigan State University and served 2 years in the Air Force. RJ moved to Phoenix in 1955 and worked for All State Insurance.
In 1959 RJ met the love of his life Sara Lu and they married in 1961. RJ went on working as a Stockbroker for the next 40 years until retiring from Smith Barney.
RJ is preceded in death by his parents, sister Kitty and brother Kraig. He is SURVIVED by his wife Sara Lu, sister Kateri, daughter Susan, sons Blair (Catherine), Blaine and grandchildren Taylor, Ryan, Bryce, Breanna, Brielle, Brixton and great granddaughter Lyla and several nieces and nephews. RJ’s wishes were for his ashes to be spread in the ocean in Carlsbad, CA where he spent many summers with his family and friends. We are forever grateful to Hospice of the Valley-Mikelle, Daria and Sonya.
A Memorial Mass and Celebration of RJ’s Life will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012 on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with a Reception immediately following at Anderson Hall.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hospice of the Valley; 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014. “Here’s to the hereafter… if you’re here after I’m here, you’ll be here long after I’m gone”.
Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com
Dawn M Armstead
To my dear friend, Susan. I am sending you and your family all my love. I know you were a devoted daughter and you loved your daddy. I am praying for your comfort and healing. I love you. Dawn
Susan, so sorry to hear about your Dad passing away. I’m praying for your strength and comfort during this difficult time.
Sending love and prayers,
Beth Gratias (Blumentritt)
Philip A Griffith
RJ , truly was one of the nicest men I had the pleasure of knowing, going way back, here in Phoenix.. We were close in age, and in one of my careers, he was my stock broker. Lots of great stories, (he was a good talker!), and always a gentleman. Later on, we reconnected at Tom Schrader’s Bible Study. By now, perhaps a bit more subdued, but still a great guy! I look forward someday of reconnecting!!
God speed, my friend.
AS ROB USED TO TELL ME “WHEREVER YOU GO, THERE YOU ARE”. ROB IS THERE NOW, WE WERE SO LUCKY TO HAVE ROB IN OUR LIVES FOR A VERY LONG TIME! SENDING OUR LOVE TO THE WHOLE FAMILY. JOYCE AND PHIL
I’m very sorry Blair, for the loss of your wonderful father. He was always so kind and positive. I’ll never forget him, nor his great barbque shish kebab. I lost my mom this year also, so I feel your pain. You and your family are in my prayers.
Celebrating with you a life well lived, a great family, and surrounding you with love and prayers in your grief.
The Hueppers are sending our love during this difficult time and wish you peace in knowing he is in a better place!
Dear Susan, Aunt Sara, Blair, Blaine, and your families,
I am so sorry for your loss of a great man in your life! I called Uncle Robby, and he was a special person. I know you will always miss him dearly.
Much Love to you all,
Nice knowing ya. Save me a place