Pastor Pilar Katzelnik, 81, passed away on April 17, 2013 in Virginia Beach. Born October 11, 1931 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Ramon and Herminia Carrasquillo. She and her husband founded the first Spanish-speaking Christian radio station licensed by the F.C.C. They also started the first Spanish-speaking Assembly of God church in Hampton Roads, Centro Eangelistico Hispano. She loved singing, preaching, reading her Bible, and spending time with her loving children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was known for sharing her faith with everyone with whom she came in contact.
She is survived by her husband, Pastor Burton Katzelnik; a son, Gary L. Katzelnik; two daughters, Robin S. Colon and Abby L. Lee and their spouses; 7 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Christian Chapel Assembly of God, 2751 Salem Road, Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be held on Monday at 12 p.m. at the church. A graveside service will be held on Monday at 3 p.m. at Colonial Grove Memorial Park, 3445 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to The International Fellowship of Christians & Jews (ifcj.org).
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While we know Pilar is in heaven now and experiencing all of its wonder and joy, I know her passing has left and emptiness in the hearts of her family and friends. I pray God will fill that emptiness with His presents and comfort you in your sorrow.
Burt, Gary, Robbin, and Abbey, receive my deepest condolences in the death of your loving mother whom I got to know during my adolescent years and whom offered her home to us during my father’s accident in New York. I always remember each and everyone of you. May the Lord give you strength during this moment. She will always be remembered with love. I still remember her laugh. Give my love to Burt.