MERIDEN-John "Jack" Francis Hogan, 80, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2014, surrounded by the warmth and prayers of his loved ones. Jack was the beloved and cherished husband of Zenia (Choromanski) Hogan to whom he was married for 57 wonderful years.
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Jack was born the eldest son of the late John W. and Marion (Downey) Hogan in Meriden on Jan. 20, 1933. He was a lifelong resident who attended St. Joseph's Elementary School. He then attended Meriden High School and graduated from Mt. St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, R.I. Jack then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and after his service during the Korean Conflict he married and attended UCONN. He was a lifelong learner and lover of history. Embarking on a career with the State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation, he retired after 34 years as the Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator. He had great stories of his early days surveying for the Merritt Parkway and other projects. A devout Catholic, Jack was very active in St. Joseph's Parish serving as a lector, usher and on numerous committees such as the Parish Council and his favorite, the St. Patrick's Day Dance. His father, brother and sisters as well as all of his children and two grandchildren attended this school. He was proud of his involvement in the Knights of Columbus, Silver City Council 2, serving as Past Grand Knight, a Fourth Degree member and helping with the Tootsie Roll Drive and calling many bingo games. He also was a "Friend of Bill's" and a member of the Catholic War Veterans.
A loving, nurturing and very present father and grandfather, he will be deeply missed by his four children and their spouses, Maureen and Allen Wallace, Bill and Luanne Hogan, Susan and Kurt Ekstrand and Michael Hogan; as well as his grandchildren, Meghan and Kelly Wallace, Kevin and Katie Hogan, Matthias Ekstrand and Ryan and Sarah Hogan. He was predeceased by an infant son, John Patrick; and one brother, Thomas W. Hogan. Other family who will deeply miss him are his sisters, Patricia Stokes, and Betty McGrath and her husband, George; his brother-in-law, Walter Choromanski and his wife, Sheila; as well as many loving cousins; nieces and nephews. He was truly blessed with family.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Nadkarni, Dr. Shaner and Dr. Jabbour as well as Sr. Jilda and all of the Franciscan Hospice Staff who attended to his health and wellbeing.
The funeral will be held on Monday, Jan. 13, at 10:45 a.m. from the John J. Ferry and Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden and at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church for a Mass of Christian burial. Burial with military honors will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. Donations may be made in Jack's memory to St. Joseph School, 159 W. Main St., Meriden, CT 06451 or to the
, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492. For online condolences and directions please visit www.jferryfh.com.
John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
88 East Main Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Published in The Record-Journal on Jan. 10, 2014