Raymond Czostkowski

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Raymond John Czostkowski

Smiths Creek

Raymond John Czostkowski, 94, died peacefully on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Ray was born to Felix and Josephine (Zolkiewski) Czostkowski on September 5, 1919, in Smiths Creek where he was a lifelong resident. Ray graduated from Marysville High School in 1937 and later from Alliance College in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania.

Ray was a very proud veteran who served his country with the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 during World War II and was part of the June 6, 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy. Ray received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received August 1, 1944, at St. Lo, France, along with the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service.

After the war, Ray married Mary Sulkowski on June 1, 1946.

Ray was a lifelong parishioner of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He had a 35 year career with the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier where he made an untold number of lifelong friends. Ray was very active with the American Legion Post 525, the Polish National Alliance, St. Vincent DePaul, Marysville Knights of Columbus, and Futuristics. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and taking care of mom.

Surviving in addition to Mary, his loving wife of 67 years, are sons, Raymond (Jay) of Goodells, Gerard (Denise) of Smiths Creek and Joseph (Amy) Czostkowski of Chesterfield; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Irene Wayne, as well as many treasured in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by a son, John Czostkowski, brothers, Edward and Harry Czostkowski, and sister Hattie Ostrowski.

The family honors the memory of Raymond and invite  you to visit and share memories Tuesday 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Richmond, with rosary services at 4:00 p.m. Rite of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m.  Wednesday at  St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Columbus Twp with 10:00 a.m. visiting.  Fr. Joe Horn and nephew, Fr. Tony Sulkowski will co-officiate.  Burial will be in St. Philip Neri Cemetery, Columbus Township.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

For information and Guest Book  kaatzfunerals.com

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Published in The Times Herald on Sept. 30, 2013
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