- The Washington Times - Monday, November 29, 2004

Shirley Jolkovski, 78, hospice advocate

Shirley Phillips Jolkovski, whose testimony before Congress in the 1980s helped secure the inclusion of hospice care among Medicare benefits, died Nov. 27 after a long struggle with lung cancer at the Capital Hospice of Arlington. She was 78.

A longtime Arlington resident, Mrs. Jolkovski also was an amateur photographer whose pictures of local scenes have been admired for many years. Her photographs grace the rooms of Washington Golf and Country Club as part of a collection that records some of the club’s history.

Born June 26, 1926, in Cleveland, Mrs. Jolkovski spent part of her youth in Great Neck, N.Y., where she was an Olympic-class swimmer and a competitive skater. She first moved to this region during World War II, when her father — Hubert Phillips — was assigned to the old federal Office of Price Administration.

She married Jean Jolkovski on March 7, 1953.

After her mother, Kathleen Clark Phillips, died at hospice in 1982, Mrs. Jolkovski testified before Congress to urge lawmakers to include hospice care as a Medicare benefit. Her testimony was a part of that successful effort.

Mrs. Jolkovski was a member of the Women’s Golf Association at the Washington Golf and Country Club of Arlington, and she won many individual and team prizes.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Jean Jolkovski; a daughter, Kaye D’Angio of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sons Clark Jolkovski of Phoenix, and Dr. Michael Jolkovski of Falls Church; two sisters, Carol Phillips Beirne and Lucia Phillips Haile, both of Sag Harbor, N.Y.; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, 5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington.

The family requests contributions in memory of Shirley Phillips Jolkovski be made to Capital Hospice, Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center, 4715 N. 15th St., Arlington, VA 22206.

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