Kathy Kolopajlo

January 13, 1956 - January 21, 2021
Kathy Kolopajlo

There once was a woman who was rumored to have lived when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. She boasted that her first car was a wheel and her first apartment was a cave beautifully decorated with ancient paintings. To me, she was “Oh ancient one;” to my sister, “Oh stubborn one.” To everyone else, she was just Kathy.
Kathryn Ellen Elizabeth Kolopajlo (Grzeskowiak) January 13, 1956 BC – January 21, 2021. The youngest and only daughter of the late Edward Vincent Anthony Grzeskowiak and Dorothy Elizabeth Grzeskowiak (Leverenz); younger sister to Andrew Grzeskowiak of Santa Clara, CA, Mark Grzeskowiak of Westminister, CA, Peter Grzeskowiak of Yucaipa, CA, and Matthew Grzeskowiak of Moreno Valley, CA. She is also survived by a myriad of nieces and nephews, and so many others that she “adopted” as family over the years.

Above all else, she was a devoted mother to her two daughters: Kari Turvey (Kolopajlo) and Sara Kolopajlo. Her greatest joy in life was being the most incredible grandmother to Kari’s three children: Emma (Boo bear), Tristan (Trissy), and her miracle baby, Eryk. Slumber parties, bubble baths, and silly string wars were always in store when “Grandma adventures” were to be had!

For the last 16 years, Kathy worked as a CNA at Moundview Healthcare in Moundsville, WV. She cared for each and every patient as family, and frequently boasted that she could run circles around some of the younger aides- despite being short a toe!

At the request of her family, as per her wishes, there will be no service of any kind.

“She may have been old, but she was HIP!”


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  • January 27, 2021
    Mally F. lit a candle:
    Lit since January 27, 2021 at 1:27:23 AM

  • January 28, 2021
    Rebecca Hill says:
    Kathy was an amazing woman. She was a great friend, and her residents loved and respected her. I will miss having our talks, she was a very intelligent woman. Kathy loved her family with all of her being. She will be missed by many. Rest In Peace my dear friend

  • January 28, 2021
    Linda DeWitt Dobranetski says:
    I am saddened to hear of Kathy,s passing, I lived by her and Sarah and Kari at Belle Village. My family is saddened to hear of her loss. Rest in Peace Kathy.

  • January 29, 2021
    Michelle(Strong)Markey says:
    Kathy was a Very kind ,caring Loving Soul.My Grandmother was in Moundview and she would go out of her way to speak to my Grandma and take the Best care she could of her.She will now be in Jesus arms.Rezt in Peace Sweet lady.

  • January 29, 2021
    Tammy Perine says:
    I worked with Kathy and she was good friend to talk to and that’s one thing I knew about Kathy she loved her grand babies ,I hope you are at peace ,we all miss you at work , fly high girl