Joseph Kosar

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Joseph Kosar, 86, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born April 17, 1926, in Breslau, son of the late Peter and Mary Mushala Kosar, he was a graduate of Hanover High School, Class of 1943.

He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran who served in Company B, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division. He fought in three campaigns, the Ardennes, Central Europe and the Rhineland. He served as a rifleman and tactical radio operator. He was awarded the EAME Campaign, Good Conduct and Victory medals.

Joseph worked in the department of nursing service at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 35 years. He was a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of St. Aloysius Church, Wilkes-Barre.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 62 years, Helen; daughters, Mary and her husband, Dr. Joseph Grassi, Nazareth; and Kathryn Jo and her husband, Kenneth Bailey, Orlando, Fla.; three grandchildren, attorney Lauren Bailey, Adam Bailey and Christopher Grassi; and two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Katherine. Additionally, he is survived by sisters, Vera Hubiak, Irene Wengrzynek and Patricia Moyle, and a brother, Stephen.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Helen Damoci, Natalie Tkach, Ann Mastroff and Audrey Gursynski, and brothers, Nicholas, Peter and Michael.

The family cannot begin to express the gratitude they have for the care provided by the CHF team at Geisinger Health System, compassion of the Hospice staff and the benevolence of the Rev. Volodymyr Popyk.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday from Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church, 143 Division St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, 1594 S. Main St., Hanover Township. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 22, 2013
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