William J. Kozlansky, 74, of Montdale, died Saturday of heart failure while hiking in the woods with his grandson. He and his wife, the former Ann Marie Moran, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 22.
Born Oct. 29, 1938, son of late William J. and Anna Kozlansky of Scranton's North End, he was educated in Scranton schools before settling in Fayson Lakes, N.J. He was a brakeman for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad until moving to Montdale in 1973. He owned and operated Willy's Chimney Service, Montdale.
An enthusiastic sportsmen, he was well-known for his kindness in sharing his harvest of the field and stream with friends and acquaintances. He loved the friendly competition of a good card game and regularly hosted a pinochle marathon in his home for years.
He became one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1973 and was untiring in his efforts to promote interest in the Bible, particularly its message of hope for planet Earth and lasting peace for mankind.
Although unlettered by any school of higher learning, he possessed a burning desire to teach. He was glad to share his knowledge and experience as a sportsman to young and old alike. But he came to value accurate knowledge of the Holy Scriptures far more and constantly made it his pursuit. He served as an elder in the Carbondale Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, Finch Hill, and was highly regarded locally as a public speaker on Bible topics and the beneficial application of scriptural principals.
Also surviving are four children, William, Mount Cobb; Marie, California; Michael, Fleetville; and Paul, Greenfield Twp.; three brothers, George, Scranton; Jim, Tunkhannock; and Gery, Scranton; a sister, Diane, Greenfield Twp.; nieces, nephews and seven grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, June.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Fiorelli's, 1501 Main St., Peckville. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to the Parise Funeral Home Inc., Carbondale. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.parisefuneralhome.com