Koval, William SUN CITY, Ariz. William "Bill" Koval, 92, of Sun City, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2012. His death is being mourned and his life celebrated by Rose, his wife of 65 years; his son, Bill; daughter-in-law, Angie; granddaughter, Tiffany; great-grand-children, Skylar and Austin; grandson, Joe, and step-grandsons, Fred and Alex (Anita) and step-great-grandchildren, Sami, Tianna, EJ, Katie, and Kayla. Bill was born in Cleveland to Joseph and Tessie Kowal. The family then moved to Maplewood, N.Y., where Bill grew up with his brother, Joseph and sisters, Julia and Vera. He was the last surviving member of the immediate Kowal family. Bill was a World War II veteran, who served in the Army. He was stationed at Schoefield Barracks at the time Pearl Harbor was attacked. After the war, he returned home to Maplewood and his destiny the love of his life, Rose. Their marriage was blessed with only one child. Bill dedicated his working career to the Mobil Oil Company, using all the skills and knowledge gained as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps. Upon retirement, he and Rose moved to Sun City West, to be closer to his son and grandchildren. Bill was a man of strong convictions, had a wonderful sense of humor, and wit, but most of all a smile that could light up a room, all of which the family and many friends have fond memories. Bill and Rose fully enjoyed and appreciated every single one of their 28 sun- and fun-filled years of retirement, together with family, friends and their church community. Services will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at Sunland Funeral Home in Sun City, with visitations from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a service to be performed by Father David Brum of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Phoenix, with interment immediately after.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Aug. 19, 2012