On August 24, 2016, at the age of 75, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Patricia L. Bollack passed from this life to an eternal life with God, in the company of all who have gone before.
Pat was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 27, 1941. She grew up in Bel Air, Maryland, the first of two children of Bob and Alice Hicks. A few years before graduating from Bel Air High School, a young man named Ed Bollack got the courage to call her for a date. Their love blossomed and he chased her until she caught him. Ed and Pat were married at the Bel Air Methodist Church on June 12, 1960 and celebrated 56 years together on June 12, 2016.
In late June of 1960 they packed up everything they owned in an old Ford and drove to Colorado, where they made their home in the Denver area. They are blessed with three children, Laura (George) Horvath, Deb (Charlie) Camacho and John (Niki) Bollack. They are also blessed with five grandchildren, Jessica, Merilee, Christopher, Stephan and Anja; and two great-grandchildren, Caden and Conner. Someone said, “You can’t fake good kids,” and in mothering their children Pat proved that, with her love, care and example of how life should be lived.
In her church Pat served as Vacation Bible School Director, Sunday School Superintendent, President of United Methodist Women, Lay Director of Walt to Emmaus, Stephen Minister and Communion Steward for 12 years. Her support for husband Ed’s ministry was notable, heart-felt and worthy of praise. She was a life-long Methodist and was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs. She was also a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother and delivered Meals-On-Wheels. Well done, good and faithful servant.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Alice Hicks and brother, Tom Hicks. Left to mourn her loss and miss her greatly are husband, Ed; three children and spouses; five grandchildrre; two great-grandsons; life-time friend and sister, Linda Bollack Craycraft; a nephew; five nieces; and many friends and acquaintances.
Funeral Service was held August 29, 2016, at East United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs.
If interested in memorial gifts, the family suggests you might consider a donation to one of Pat’s favorite charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online donations may be made at giftfunds.stjude.org/PatBollack or make checks to East United Methodist Church, 1505 E. Monument St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909, for Pat Bollack Memorial-St. Jude.
A Memorial Service for Pat will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Sundance United Methodist Church. Pastor Ed will be joining us in this celebration of his wife Pat’s life. A fellowship will be held following the service.