Robert Bolander, 70, contractor, coach

Robert J. Bolander of Heritage Village, Southbury, a retired contractor and former Ridgefielder who was active in programs for young people, died on Saturday, March 30, at Waterbury Hospital. He was 70 years old and the husband of Jayne E. Dreher Bolander.
Mr. Bolander was born in Newburgh, N.Y., on Dec. 3, 1931, a son of the late Frank M. and Mildred Purdy Bolander.
As a child, he moved with his family to South Norwalk where he attended schools. He graduated from Norwalk High School, where he was a member of the state champion football team. A U.S. Army veteran, he served from 1950 to 1952 with Battery A, 963rd Field Artillery Battalion.
Mr. Bolander was a contractor who had built many homes in Ridgefield, especially on Forest Drive and Haviland Road, and in Danbury
He had lived in South Norwalk until 1960 when he moved to Ridgefield.
Mr. Bolander was active in the Ridgefield youth sports, coaching Pop Warner football and Little League baseball, and serving as president of the Babe Ruth League. He was also active in the Catholic Youth Organization and in the 1960s, served as social chairman of the Diocesan Adult Lay Committee for CYO.
He was a former member of the Marquette Council Knights of Columbus here and was a member of St. Mary’s Church.
The family lived on Mamanasco Road until 1972, when they moved to Danbury. The Bolanders returned to town in 1985, living on North Salem Road until they retired to Southbury in 1993.
Besides his wife of 49 years, Mr. Bolander is survived by three sons: Robert Bolander of Danbury, William Bolander and Frank Bolander both of Millerton, N.Y.; three daughters: Pamela Bickel of Coconut Creek, Fla., Catherine Govan of Ridgefield, and Lori Britton of Newtown; 11 grandchildren: Dan Bickel, Rick Bickel, Kendra Cioffoletti, Casey Cioffoletti, Chelsey Cioffoletti, Arica Bolander, Bart Bolander, Greg Britton, Caitlin Britton, Corey Bolander and Kenny Bolander; and a great-granddaughter, Eve Bickel.
Mr. Bolander was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Beth Bolander; two brothers: Frank Bolander and William Bolander; and two sisters: Marie Fiorilla and Beatrice Kurensky .
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church in Ridgefield. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Contributions in Mr. Bolander’s memory may be made to Praxair Cancer Center, The Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT 06810; the American Diabetes Association, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450; or the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492-7522.
The Kane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.