Phil ‘Santa’ Kuzlik

By on September 9, 2010

A celebration of life for Phil “Santa” Kuzlik, 69, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at East Lake Community Church in Chapin, S.C.

The family received friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, S.C.

An additional memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St, Elburn.

Phil died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010. Born in Chicago, he was the son of the late Theophil and Marianne Alaksiewicz Kuzlik.

A member of East Lake Community Church, he served as a church usher and member of the greeter team. He was a graduate of St. Rita High School in Chicago. In addition, he had many hours of mechanical, plumbing and electrical training.

He loved working for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and was supportive of all law enforcement branches. A man with a kind and giving heart, he played Santa during the holidays. He was always ready to help people and was the one others turned to when things needed to be fixed.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Pamela Olson Kuzlik; daughter, Denise Feltes (Jack) of Sugar Grove; son, Bob Kuzlik (Stephanie) of Dixon, Ill.; daughter, Kathryn Hofmann (Scott) of Elburn; son, Michael Kuzlik of St. Charles; daughter, Pam “Pammy” Kuzlik (Chris Busch) of Cleveland, Tenn.; stepsons, Jerry Carroll (Linda) of Lakeland, Fla., Randy Carroll (Toni) of Guyton, Ga.; 12 grandchildren, Anthony Stover, Anna, Sarah and Emma Feltes, Julie and Victoria Kuzlik, Chase Hofmann, Ciarra and Dylan Busch, Adeline, Isaiah and Joshua Carroll; sisters, Therese Kuzlik, Luanne Thiel Dehar (Allan); many unofficially adopted children; and beloved dogs, Maggie and Molly.

Special thanks to the staff of Palmetto Health Richland for their extraordinary care of Phil and his family.

Memorials may be made to Palmetto Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 100199, Dept. 274, Columbia, SC 29202 or East Lake Community Church, ACTS Metro, 10057 Broad River Road, Irmo, SC 29063.

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