SAGINAW — A longtime employee of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, Sister Roberta Kolasa, SJ, died on Wednesday, Sept. 25 . Sister Roberta was born on Sept. 22, 1938 in Saginaw, Mich., as the younger of two children born to Stanley and Grace Kolasa.
Sister Roberta was a member of the religious order the Servants of Jesus. She served the Diocese of Saginaw for decades and was primarily instrumental in beginning and directing the Lay Ministry Program, which continues to thrive today.
Sister Roberta's Funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Saginaw. The Rev. William Taylor presided and preached the homily. David Haas, liturgical music composer, contributed to the music during Mass. A Vigil Liturgy, led by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, took place Wednesday evening at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. A private interment took place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Servants of Jesus Retirement Fund. When asked what she would like her legacy to be, Sister Roberta responded: "That I was a true servant; that I loved and served God's people; that I lived life to the fullest."
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