Joseph "Joe" S. Kozaczka, 89, of Springfield, entered into eternal life on Monday, May 6, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center, Springfield.
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Joe was born in the Thompsonville section of Enfield on Oct. 19, 1923, to Stanley and Anna (Kulka) Kozaczka. He attended Enfield Public Schools, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He was employed by Bigelow-Sanford Carpets, the Town of Enfield in the Highway Department, and later as an Enfield police officer. Along with his beloved wife, Nellie, he operated the Kozy Korner Restaurant in Thompsonville for many years. He later worked for Crouse-Hines in Windsor.
Besides his wife, Nellie (Klebosky) Kozaczka of Springfield, he is survived by his sons, Thomas and David, and his wife, Sharon, of Suffield; his sister, Ann Klotz of East Hartford; grandchildren, Amy Chiaravallo of New York City, Dyan and Zachary Kozaczka of Suffield, Jeremy Kozaczka of Enfield, Brian and Matthew Kozaczka of Manchester; and his great-grandsons, Nathaniel and Landon. He was predeceased by his dear daughter, Jo-Ann Chiaravallo; as well as his brothers, John, Raymond, Stanley, Teddy, Eddie, Frank, and Louis.
A funeral service will be held for Joe on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield. Burial will follow in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Enfield.
Relatives and friends may gather with his family prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, 659 Tower Ave., 1st Floor, Hartford, CT 06112.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 8 to May 12, 2013