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1003 Church Street
Jessup, PA 18434
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Jonathan Kolosinsky

Jonathan "Koolade" Kolosinsky

Monday, December 25th, 1978 - Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
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Jonathan “Koolade” Kolosinsky, 42, of Peckville died May 18th at home after a brief illness.
Born in Scranton he was the son of Kathy Demming, Olpyhant and the late Richard J. Kolosinsky. He attended Lakeland Elementary school and Mid-Valley Secondary Center.
He enjoyed fishing, playing guitar, especially classic rock, and hanging out with friends. His knowledge and love for animals was quite remarkable, and he had a very dry sense of humor and was always a jokester.
Also surviving are sisters, Kami Kolosinsky-Glover and husband Jon, Levittown, and Carrie A. Kolosinsky, Peckville; nephews Caleb Kolosinsky, Peckville, and Kodi, Brady, & Oscar Glover, Levittown; aunts, uncles, cousins, and his feline friends and familt dog Tara.
A private service was held and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home, 1003 Church St. Jessup.
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Posted at 10:31am
Jonathan and I go way back. About as far back as two friends could go I suppose. It was way deeper than two kids sharing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at lunchtime, or pushing each other on the swings at recess. We grew together through life’s trials. He sharing in mine, I sharing in his. Mine were tough..he always got me through. But man, his were way tougher. I say that because he could never escape the things that were chasing him or rather what he was chasing, and what he was chasing could never be caught. I watched him time after time near the point of no return. I’m pretty sure his bottom came when he was brutally assaulted back in 2003. It was late at night when that inescapable phone call came through. “Jon is being flown to the CMC, he’s not in good shape”. Obviously not if he was being flown there, and my worst fears came true when I stepped through the doors of the ER. I was there with his sister when she was being told that her baby brother, the one that came as a Christmas present when she was 3 years old, was alive right now only with the assistance of a machine. Of course, and if you knew Jon’s sense of humor you’d appreciate this, that Monty Python bit about the Machine That Goes Bing, popped into my head immediately, and I could hear him laughing about it. However this was no laughing matter. He was beaten to the point of no breath. He was without oxygen longer than a body should be. The neurologist had no idea if he would ever wake up or be able to survive without life support. Then came the most heart wrenching sentence I’ve ever heard…”it will either come down to a decision to remove the life support or if he does wake up on his own, he will be a vegetable for the rest of his life.”
I watched through tears as family member after family member came to his bedside in the ICU while he was in a coma. They read to him. They played music for him.. they reminisced and they prayed the prayers that no one should ever have to pray. Nothing was working and the fear that a decision would have to be made was growing more concrete as the days passed. He couldn’t remain on life support forever. But then came then questions, “What state will he be in if or when he wakes up?”, “Will he need a nursing home?”, the questions you shouldn’t have to face. but must when the dust settles and you are staring at your new reality.
Jonathan did wake up two weeks after his assault. But every day of those two weeks was akin to being stuck in a nightmare and watching someone you care so deeply about hanging on by a thread. Watching through heartstrung tears knowing the rise and fall of his chest.. those breaths he was taking.. were not his own but were produced by a machine. Not many of his friends know what it was like experiencing that. Those that kept him closest to their hearts did. The ones that silently rooted for him to put down the bottle. The ones that snuck off and stood in the background because they didn’t want to contribute to his drinking problem. His REAL friends. The same exact friends that just 2 years ago tried continuously for three weeks to convince him that he needed rehab.. they knew. The same friends that won’t post a tribute on here because what do you say when you know his family will read. Those friends all knew he had a problem and they all did the best that they could and that was staying away. Especially when he was fresh out of rehab. Jonathan never saw that though. He only saw it as everyone abandoning him and the shady ones knew how to take advantage of this. The silent ones right now are the ones that are saying more than any words could. It’s not, I love you to death. It’s I’d love you to live. It’s being bigger than your own selfish needs and habits. That is what he never saw because the fake ones were larger than life. They gave him what he craved knowing full well it was killing him. So to them, I want to say thank you. Thank you for erasing what his true friends worked so hard to accomplish. Thank you for handing him a bottle instead of a ride to a meeting or just staying sober long enough to spend some time with him. If you had truly loved or cared about him like you said you did, you wouldn’t have put him back were he came from. And while I agree that he was his own person, the assault to his body and brain left him with a brain injury that damaged his cognitive thinking and you were all aware of that. I speak from anger to an audience blinded by ignorance and selfishness. All of this needed to be said and I felt this place best to do it. I am broken and angry because of part of me is gone forever. I could talk to him all day long, remembering all the old times but none of that will bring him back. I will never hear his laugh again and he will never answer me. And while nobody but Jonathan can truly be held accountable, you all had more of an influence than you realize. You’ve completely used up someone’s son to support your own habits. Let that sink in.

Carrie Kolosinsky Posted at 07:31pm

Thank you for this! This is all so true. It really beautiful, definitely made me cry. Thank you for this. And thank you for being in my brother’s life. Thank you for being a real friend.

Jeffrey Ziskowski

Posted at 11:20pm
Koolade will be missed by everyone who knew him. He touched the lives of so many people and the animals he loved so dearly. Forever in my heart and prayers until we meet again.

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