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John J. Kocsis Sr.

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ADAMS, Mass. -- John J. Kocsis Sr., 86, formerly of Hoosac Street, Adams, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2005, at the Sweetbrook Health Care Centers in Williamstown.

He was born in Westfield on Oct. 1, 1919, a son of the late John S. Kocsis and Julia (Urokowski) Kocsis. He attended St. Mary’s Parochial School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Westfield.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a staff sergeant with the 3508th AAF Base Unit. He was decorated with the American Theater ribbon, Good Conduct medal and the World War II Victory medal.

He was employed at the A&P Supermarket in Westfield as a butcher. He then was employed at Beneficial Finance Co. and in the 1950s was appointed district manager of Beneficial Finance Co. in North Adams, retiring in the 1980s.

He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church of Williamstown.

He was a life member of the Frank R. Stiles Post No. 125 American Legion in North Adams. He was a former member of the board of directors of the North Adams Salvation Army and a former member of the North Adams Kiwanis Club. He was also a member of the Greylock Community Club in North Adams.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Stefany (Grymkowski) Kocsis, whom he married Feb. 14, 1942; daughter, Julia Holly and her husband Benjamin of Fairfax, Va.; sons, John J. Kocsis Jr. and his wife Alana of Merrimack, N.H., Jeffrey J. Kocsis of Williamstown and James J. Kocsis and his wife Catherine of Pownal, Vt.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren: and a brother and sister.

Funeral services in loving memory and thanksgiving for the life of John J. Kocsis Sr. will be celebrated Tuesday at 2 p.m. at St. John Episcopal Church in Williamstown with the Rev. Peter T. Elvin officiating.

The family will gather to meet family and friends in the upper room at St. John’s Church from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Burial will follow in the family plot in Westlawn Cemetery, Williamstown.

Memorial donations are suggested for the St. John’s Church building fund through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 14, 2005
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