Joe Kochanski

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July 22, 2011

Joe "Juskie" Kochanski, 82, passed away Friday, July 22, 2011, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Born April 23, 1929, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Vincent Paul and Valeria Kochanski Joe was a 1947 graduate of Marymount High School and an U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was employed as driver dispatcher at Posten Taxi for over 50 years. Juskie received a citation from the Pennsylvania Senate for his achievements of owning and managing the Heights Cubs of the East End Teeners Baseball League; served as president of East End Teener League, the Heights Little League, and the Wyoming Valley 13-Year-Old League. He co-founded the Heights American Legion Franchise and helped form a 16- to 19-year-olds league. Joe was a supporter of GAR High School sports and booster clubs. He was also an avid Pittsburg Steelers fan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melanie Kochanski, and several brothers and sisters. Surviving his are sons, Joseph and his wife Allison, Hanover Township, John (Jack) and his wife Tammy, Kingston; daughters, Pamela Bonomo and her husband Tony, Hunlock Creek; Kim Ann Martinson and her husband, John, Norwich, N.Y.; Jolene Wilson and her husband, Robert, Hunlock Creek; Jeanna Dunbar and her husband, Steve, South Carolina; Valerie Nielson and her husband, Jess, Sacramento, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Stanley Kochanski, Wilkes-Barre. Funeral services will be held at 8:45 p.m. Monday at the Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. John S. Terry, pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Wilkes-Barre, will be celebrant. Family and friends may call from 5 p.m. until services begin at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to John Heinz Pediatric Unit, 150 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Published in Times Leader on July 25, 2011
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