Kocinski, Edwin J.
Edwin J. Kocinski, 89, of Scottsdale, and formerly of Chicago, entered into eternal life January 6, 2014. A hard-working man of great strength, he is survived by Billie J. Chrestman, with whom he shared a decades-long love and whose tireless care and dedication sustained him in his last years. Born May 16, 1924, the son of Jozef and brother to Henry, Edwin was a devoted son to his beloved mother Anna (Zochowska), and a dedicated father to his children (with Madeline R. Kocinski, nee Motzny) E. Joseph Jr. (Barb), Joyce (Bob Istok), Joan (Richard) Baltz, John (Patty), Janice (Michael) Murphy and Jacqueline. He instilled in them, his grandchildren and great grandchildren - E. Joseph (Catia), Jeffery, Kyle, Sarah (Mark), Benjamin, Katherine (Alex), Emily, Jennifer, John Jr., Jessica, Jason, Jessie and six great grandchildren - the value of hard work, education, and religious faith. Edwin served as a medic with the U.S. Army's 254th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division, during World War II
, and in 1945 was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on the mine fields of France. He'd also be awarded a Bronze Star
and, for wounds sustained being shot by a German sniper, the Purple Heart
. His bravery was further demonstrated during his nearly 33 years with the Chicago Police Department, where he would serve as a detective early in his career and retire in 1979 as a sergeant in the 13th District. Those who knew and loved "Eddie" will remember the twinkle in his eye and the cigar in
his mouth. Visitation was held at Messinger Indian School Mortuary on January 7th. Funeral mass will be at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, January 8th at 10:30AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the
, are appreciated.