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Gail Judith Kolda
1940 2024

Gail Judith Kolda

July 23, 1940 — April 18, 2024

Gail Judith (Kettler) Kolda of Westerville, Ohio, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2024, at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, Westerville, OH.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Melba Kettler, and sisters Karen Adams and Ann Gibbs. Another sister, Linda Ott, lives in Broomfield, Colorado.

Born in Rockford, Illinois on July 23, 1940, Gail attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from West Rockford, Illinois, High School in 1958.

Gail and her husband, Thomas J. Kolda, met at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They were married on June 30, 1962. They have resided in Westerville, Ohio, since 2006, to be nearer their family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and community friends. Prior to that they had lived in several midwestern and southwestern states.

Gail was a member of Chi Omega Sorority while in college and a member of the college choir. Following college and after their marriage, she was a stay-at-home mother for their two children, Brian and Jeffrey for several years. Later, Gail worked in several capacities at local and area banks until obtaining her Paralegal Certificate. As a paralegal she was able to pursue what she considered her most favorite occupation while working in several law firms in Wisconsin and Kentucky prior to her retirement in 2006.

She was a member of the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, New Albany, Ohio where she assisted her husband, Tom, with the Young at Heart Senior Ministry. She sang in the Adult Choir for a couple of years. She also was affiliated with the Prayer Shawl ministry and made prayer shawls, scarves, lap robes and other items to be distributed to people who were in need.

Gail is fondly remembered for her love of family and friends. She touched many people’s lives with her caring spirit. She is survived by her beloved husband, Tom, their sons Brian and Jeff, daughters-in-law Dina Tantra and Twila Kolda. She is also survived by granddaughters, Haley Klaas (and her husband Joshua along with great-granddaughters Vivian and Vera), Nadia Kolda, Addison Kolda and Zoe Kolda.

Friends can visit and express condolences at the Church of the Resurrection New Albany, OH, on Monday, May 13, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass of Memories there starting at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow in the columbarium at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 9571 Columbus Pike (Route 23), Lewis Center, OH.

In lieu of flowers, tributes may be made to Church of the Resurrection Seniors Ministry, 6300 Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany, OH, or to the Alzheimer’s Society, Central Ohio Chapter, 39 W. Winter Street, Delaware, OH.

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