Kosek, Edward J. Sr. COHOES Edward J. Kosek Sr., 95, of Boght Road, died Sunday, February 10, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, embraced by his loving family. Born in Cohoes, he was the son of the late Jan and Sophia Glowacz Kosek and beloved husband of the late Josephine M. Gruska Kosek. Ed was a lifelong area resident, who graduated from Cohoes High School and attended Siena College. Ed was a World War II Army veteran and served on the Fifth Army front as a scout with the 338th Infantry Regiment of the 85th "Cluster" division. He was the recipient of the American Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster II and the Purple Heart. He was employed with the Watervliet Arsenal and later worked for the New York State Department of Labor as an U.I. account examiner, retiring in 1982. Ed was an accomplished musician, playing the piano and accordion with many area polka bands. He was a sports enthusiast and an avid New York Mets and Boston Red Sox fan. Ed enjoyed woodworking and gardening, but his true enjoyment came from the abundant love of his family, especially his adored grandchildren. He was a devout communicant of St. Michael's Church in Cohoes. He is survived by his devoted children and their spouses, Edward J. Kosek Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Latham and Russell J. Kosek and Carol of Watervliet; cherished grandchildren, Edward J. III, Katelyn and Andrea Kosek and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph and William Kosek. Ed's family wishes to express a very special thank you to Dr. Joseph Rogliere and the Rubin Dialysis Center staff, also to the Eddy Heritage House for all the love, support and wonderful care extended to Ed. Funeral from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ltd., 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes, Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial from St. Michael's Church at 9 a.m. Interment with military honors will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Waterford. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home, Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Those wishing to remember Ed may make contributions in his memory to St. Michael's Church, 20 Page Ave, Cohoes NY 12047.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 12, 2013