Edward T. Tolpa, 96,a lifelong resident passed away on Sunday May27,
2018 in the comfort of his home with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Frankfort on October 1,1921,the son of Andrew and Mary
CichonTolpa and received his education in local schools.OnJune22,
1947 he was united in marriage to Lillian Sychtysz in St.Mary's Church, New York Mills, and had a blessed union for seventy-one years. Ed, along his brothers, were the Owners and Operators of Tolpa's Dairies in Utica until the closing in1986.He loved delivering the milk and conversing with his customers and was known for his kindness and quick wit which prevailed his entire life .He had a passion, along with his wife, for having a large vegetable garden every year ,sharing his bounty with family and friends. He was enthusiastic and proud and enjoyed making sauerkraut from his homegrown cabbage. He was a parishioner of Holy Trinity Church, a member of the Jan Roback Post #8 and the United Polka League.
He is survived by his beloved wife,Lillian,of Utica; two daughters,Judith King,Syracuse and Susan(Mark Kosowan),KeyWest, and son,Michael (Linda), Marcy; fourgrandchildren, Jonathan(Amy)King, Syracuse, Brendan King, Syracuse ,Michele(Matthew)Leah Texas, and Lindsay (Thomas)Bellew,Westchester,NY.and two great grandchildren,Kayleigh and Schuyler. Heis also survived by his brother, Joseph T.Tolpa, New Hartford,a special sister-in-law Louise Whittaker,Clinton and manysisters- in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Ed was
Predeceased by his three brothers and two sisters.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to: DrWilliam Ryan and his entire Staff for their love,support and excellent care;to the"Dad Handler Special Forces"-Cally,Seneca,Leslie andCrystal –we love you;to the Staff at Caregivers and ElderChoice agencies andspecial thanks to the ones who trulygot to know him-you know who you are.
And thanks to all his friends from the Adult Day Services program at RCIL. All of his time there was extremely valued by him and his family.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday,June1st,4-7pm,at the
Kowalczyk FuneralHome,1156LincolnAve.,Utica.A Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at10 am at Holy Trinity Church.Burial will take place in Sts.Stanislaus & Casimir Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers,monetary donations may be made in Edward's memory to Residential Center for Independent Living, Adult Day Services Program. They can be reached online at:www.rcil.com/donations or by mail to: