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Jay Wolsky, age 64, of Carrington, ND, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Golden Acres Manor of Carrington, with his family by his side.

Jay Lynn Wolsky was born January 4, 1955, to Jerald and Marlene (Schroeder) Wolsky in Jamestown, ND. He attended and graduated from Kensal School in 1973.  Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Adak, AK as a Fire Chief. On September 17, 1976, Jay was united in marriage to Rhonda (Kramer) at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Kensal, ND. From this union, they were blessed with one son, Jason.

Jay always lived life to the fullest and loved to stay busy. He was employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 30 years at Sully’s Hill National Game Preserve. When they moved to Carrington, he was employed as a mechanic at Rosenau Equipment and Bessette Motors of Carrington. Jay was passionate about helping children; therefore, he was Transportation Director for the Carrington School District for 6 years. Jay had a big heart and was always honored to help his community in any way possible.  He committed himself to helping his community through work on the Fire Department. While living in Devils Lake, he served on the Devils Lake Fire Department for 18 years and was a Truck Lieutenant for 6 years. He was also the President of the Volunteers, while serving on the Devils Lake Fire Department. After moving to Carrington, he became a member of the Carrington Fire Department and served for five years as a Training Officer. He was to be inducted into the 2019 North Dakota Firefighters Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Jay was incredibly humble and his family was his pride and joy. He will be remembered for the special way he always turned lemons into lemonade and the way he made people laugh. Jay was organized, meticulous, and never wanted to be in the spotlight. Jay enjoyed many hobbies including, polishing his truck; cleaning the firetrucks and organizing the 4th of July celebrations; keeping up his yard; spending time with his grandchildren, especially fishing with them in Minnesota.

Jay will be greatly missed by his wife of 43 years, Rhonda Wolsky; his son, Jason (Carrie) Wolsky, Carrington; grandchildren, Tate and Brina Wolsky, Carrington; parents, Jerald (Doris) Wolsky, Carrington; brother, Jeff (Nancy) Wolsky, Jamestown, ND; sister, Jayne (Robert Jr.) Wain, Kensal, ND; step-brother, Tim (Lori) Partlow, Carrington; step-sister, Sheryl (Troy) Roundy, Carrington; sisters-in-law, Shelly (Bernard) Wanzek, Courtney, ND, Renee (Lawrence) Shain, Marathon, Florida, Linda Metz, Sidney, MT, Denise Zierke, Fargo, Janine (Allen) Smith, Jamestown, Jolleen (Curt) Brown, Sanborn, ND, Lisa (Chris) Shain, Fargo, ND; brothers-in-law, James Kramer, Valley City, Kurt (Bonnie) Kramer, Valley City; mother-in-law, Irene Kramer, West Fargo, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Edwin and Lillian Wolsky, William and Alberta Schroeder; mother, Marlene Wolsky; sister, Jerilyn Wolsky; and father-in-law, Kenneth Kramer.

Visitation will be Thursday, 12:00PM-7:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington.

Visitation will continue from 12:00PM-1:00PM with his Funeral Service being held Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:00PM at the Carrington High School, Carrington.

Burial will be at the Kensal Cemetery.

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20 Comments

  1. Rhonda, Jason, Carrie and kiddos
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time
    Wilma

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  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  3. Very sorry to hear about Jay. No more suffering.

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  4. Rhonda and Jason so very sorry to hear about Jayyou are in my prayers God Bless

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  5. So sorry to read about Jay. I knew him when I worked at Joe’s Sport Center in Devils Lake. He always left us in stitches.

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  6. Dear Rhonda and family; So sorry to hear the news. He could always make us smile and he was always spreading happiness. Friends forever. Deb & Gordy

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  7. Very sorry again about Jay, we will not be able to be at the funeral,but want you to know our thoughts are with you

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  8. Rhonda, Jason & Family: Read about Jay’s passing in the paper. Cherish the many memories of your loved one, no one can take those from you. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

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  9. You are in my prayers,

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  10. Rhonda, Jason and Family, sorry for your loss. I am unable to attend funeral and wanted to let you know I am thinking of you during this tough time. Thoughts and prayers.

    Rick, Kristin and Reese

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  11. On behalf of the Oehlke’s our deepest condolences to the family of Jay his great humor is only matched by his size and that laugh will be missed

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  12. Rhonda and family, so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Blair and Kristie Kuhn

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  13. Rhonda, Jason and family, thinking of you with thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Jim and Sharon Neva

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  14. Sorry to here of Mr. Wolsky passing. I met Jay thru Fish & Wildlife, when ever I would meet him he would joke around with me about work. I worked for National Guard and the same type job purchasing tools and parts.
    Jay will be missed by family and friends. May a Ray of Sunshine brighten memories.

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  15. So sorry for your loss

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  16. So very sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. I knew Jay though his years at the Fish and Wildlife Service. I can tell you that Jay was well know throughout the entire Region for his stories, humor, and everyone remembers that booming voice that was impossible to miss. Our meetings have not been the same since Jay retired. My condolences to Jay’s family.

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  17. Rhonda, Jason (Carrie), Jerry & Doris, Jay & Nancy and extended family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. I pray you find comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering.
    I pray you find strength in the days, weeks and months ahead. God provides in all ways.
    Everyone who knew Jay has special memories of him.
    “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same” –Flavia Weedn
    Kathy Van Ningen

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  18. Rhonda and Jason we are so sorry for your lost. Jay was a wonderful person to know. Our prayers are with you all.

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  19. sorry for the loss of this great guy! Jay always willing to help anyone at anytime.
    Always a great smile and friendly to everyone! Rest in peace and Jerry, Jeff and Rhonda
    the memories of a great man will last forever. May God Bless! Kim & Shaw Simonsen

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  20. So sorry to here of Jay’s passing. Jay and I were in the same class in Kensal and enlisted in the Navy together. He was a great guy, always upbeat and and fun to be around. He will be missed by all that knew him.

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