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Stanley P. Kosta Obituary
Stanley P. Kosta "Stan", "Pop", "Gramps", "Stan the Man" died peacefully July 27, 2012 having lived a full life. He was born in San Francisco on May 5, 1917 and raised in Los Angeles. He met his first wife Antoinette in 1939 and was soon married; a loving relationship that lasted 34 years. He met his second wife Jeanne in 1975 who he adored. She also preceded him in death, passing in 1977. Stan was a "Citizen Soldier" achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant in World War II. He saw combat in France, Belgium and Germany. He participated in the Liberation of Dachau and the Battle of the Bulge. He was the "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy from Company "B" and a radioman. He earned the Bronze Star for his heroic actions in capturing five enemy soldiers in a machine gun nest. In 2012 he was honored by the French Government for his efforts to liberate France and received the Legion of Honor - Chevalier award. After the war Stan worked for 37 years as a bottler working at Acme, Hamm's, Lucky Lager, and his favorite Burgermeister Brewery. He enjoyed travelling and visited over 25 countries. Stan was known far and wide for his garden and yard that attracted visitors locally and from around the world. Stan was a self-taught musician playing over 300 songs on the organ by ear. He also played the piano, mouth harp, accordion, drums, kazoo and bugle. He was loved by his family and many close friends. He is survived by his eldest son Robert (Johanna) his youngest son Walter (Nikki), his daughter Heidi, grandchildren Robin, Scott (Andrea), Taffy, Michael, and Belinda (Eric) and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the family home at noon on August 6, 2012. Entombment will be private.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on July 31, 2012
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