MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL
Obituary of Jean F. Kollar
Jean F (nee DeGroote) Kollar, 93, of Dayton, NJ entered Eternal Life on Sunday, October 23, 2022, after 34,204 days of life.
Born March 2, 1929, at home in Irvington, NJ, she is the daughter of Harry F. and Emma H. (nee Kelly) DeGroote and the sister of Lois Glovsky, all of whom are pre-deceased. She is also the sister-in-law of Norman Glovsky who is also deceased.
She was a graduate of Irvington High School in 1946. After graduation, she entered the novitiate for the Benedictines of Elizabeth and completed her final vows in 1953. During her discernment and service in the order, she studied at Seton Hall University from which she proudly graduated in 1958 after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in History. She continued her studies for her Master of Arts degree in History on a part-time basis at Fordham University, attaining the degree in 1962. Throughout this time, Jean served as a teacher at a variety of Catholic schools staffed by the religious community throughout Northern New Jersey and Baltimore, MD.
In 1964, the Most Reverend James Navagh, Bishop of Paterson, announced the establishment of a new high school in the Diocese, Paterson Catholic High School. Jean was appointed as the founding Principal along with the Rev. Theodore Kollar who was the founding Director. Over the course of the next five years, both worked closely together and developed a dynamic relationship that established the strength of the high school.
In 1970, both Jean and Ted decided it was time to make that relationship far more personal. After being laicized, they chose to marry in 1971 under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church. Their son, Marc, was born in 1973.
During the next several decades, Jean remained close to her educational roots. She taught for several years in Cedarcroft Elementary School in Plainfield, NJ and St. Helena’s Elementary School, Edison, NJ. In 1983, she was named the Chair of the English Department at St. Peter’s High School in New Brunswick, NJ, a position she held for four years, before being named as the Director of Curriculum for the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ, in 1986. It was a position in which she served for more than a decade. As the Director, she established multiple guides in implementing core curricula across all aspects of programming for the schools throughout the Diocese from pre-K through Senior Year of high school. She retired in 1999.
For the next five years, she continued her active involvement in education as adjunct professor at Union County College. There, she taught first and second year English courses across a variety of topical areas.
Jean also worked with numerous teachers and principals in continuing to develop curricula for special needs students. She spent numerous hours writing a variety of grants for academic purposes and was a freelance writer for several publications.
Throughout her life, Jean always remained lovingly close and near to all her family whether through phone calls, cards, or visits. She appreciated all of her family. When they could not be with her, she would find them in the thousands of photos she enjoyed taking over the decades of her life.
She appreciated the opportunity to share the best in life with others, especially fine food, music, art, and the “quiet aroma of flowers”. Jean was a gentle soul with a loving sense of humor. She was a voracious reader of all forms of writing, but held in her heart a special love for poetry.
Jean is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ted, of Dayton; and her son, Marc, also of Dayton. She also leaves behind her nephews, Jared and Jeff Glovsky, and her grand-nephew, Matthew. Her niece, Jen Gartner and her husband Laura; her sisters-in-law: Roseann and her husband Les, Phyllis and her husband Lewis with multiple nieces and nephews throughout the USA. (You know who you are and you are remembered!)
A gathering of family and friends will occur at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, 45 Henderson Rd., Kendall Park, NJ, on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 9:45AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial the same day at 10:30AM.
Interment will take place at St. Theresa’s Cemetery, Summit, NJ, immediately following Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jean’s name to the Rutgers University Foundation at https://support.rutgers.edu or
Seton Hall University at https://advancement.shu.edu/give/give-online or the Benedictines of Elizabeth at https://bensisnj.org/donate.
Arrangements are made through M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Rd. at New Rd., Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852.
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