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Arthur S. Koykka of Lunenburg LUNENBURG -- Arthur S. Koykka, son of Arthur A. Koykka and Lucie (Reynolds) Koykka, husband of Jean (Richardson) Koykka, father of Michael and Joel, passed away January 20, 2015. Arthur is survived by two grandchildren, Violet and Anton, and daughter-in-law, Lisa. He was an intelligent and gifted Renaissance man - an author, musician, composer, playwright, humorist, traveler, actor, photographer and gardener. He taught Biology at Fitchburg High School for 34 years and ran a successful piano tuning business for 46 years. Mr. Koykka composed the music to an adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," and wrote the music and book to "TECH," an adaptation of Karel Capek's Czek play, "R.U.R." Arthur compiled gravesite info and bios of notable Americans in the reference book "Project Remember," which can be found in the White House Library. He was also in demand as a public speaker on the subject of notable Americans and their final resting places. He accompanied many local musical theater productions and the Leonard Gaskins Chorale on piano, and was the organist for the First Baptist Church in Fitchburg for eight years. Mr. Koykka was a member of the N.E. Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. He traveled extensively with his family and visited every state in the continental U.S., as well as Hawaii, Canada, England, Germany and Italy. His other interests included gardening, opera and Broadway musicals. KOYKKA -- Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 763 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 1400 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202 or the Montachusett Chorale, c/o Fr. Peter Inzerillo, 187 Lancaster Street, Leominster, MA 01453. Please visit www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information.
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Published in Nashoba Publishing on Jan. 30, 2015
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