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Madeline J. Kolsky

November 19, 1927 ~ April 24, 2021 (age 93)


Madeline J. Kolsky, 93, passed away at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Otterbein Cridersville Assisted Living Center. 

Madeline was born on November 19, 1927, in Allen County, Ohio, to Gerald and Esther (Oberour) Shrider.  In 1953, Madeline married Horace B. Hawkins, who passed away.  In 1992, she married Harold Kolsky, who died in 1997.

Madeline was a 1945 graduate of Lafayette Jackson High School. She retired from Ohio Northern University after 12 years working as secretary to the Controller in the Law Library.   From 1968-1969 she worked in the ONU College of Music, then from 1970 - 1980 she worked at Suburban Electric Company in Lafayette, OH.  She was currently a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Lafayette, Ohio, where she was the organist for 25 years.  She was currently playing piano at Otterbein Cridersville for Bible Study and their church service for the last 10 years.  She also volunteered at Lima Memorial Hospital.  She and her husband both served on the Board of Wernle Children’s Home in Richmond, IN.

She is survived by her son, Michael (Vickie) Hawkins of Lafayette; daughter, Mary Lou Paisley of Seattle, WA; stepson, Harold (Dena) Kolsky of Columbus; stepdaughters, Rebecca Kolsky of Denver, CO and Kathy Kolsky of St. Paul, MN; nine grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and both husbands, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jennifer Marie Hawkins.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Zion Lutheran Church, Lafayette, Ohio.   The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m.  Otterbein Chaplain Peter Citerin and Pastor Lynn Huffman will officiate.  Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima, OH. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Lafayette, OH or Otterbein of Cridersville.

Arrangements handled by Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima.  Condolences may be expressed at .  

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April 28, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church (Lafayette, Ohio)

Funeral Service
April 28, 2021

1:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church (Lafayette, Ohio)

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