Michael J. Kosko Jr. (1925 - 2017)

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  • "To The Kosko Family, I want to send my heartfelt..."
    - Eddie Finn
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    - Ron Croker
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    - Ed Borise
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    - Mindee (Fine) Goldberg
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Michael John "Jack" Kosko, Jr., age 91, died May 8, 2017. Jack was born on July 24, 1925 in Scranton, PA to Michael J. Kosko, Sr. and Marie Kosko (nee Murphy). He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Frances Rubye Kosko, whom he married on September 24, 1949. He also leaves behind his four children, Michael, David, wife Mitzi, Kathy Rohrbaugh, husband Robert and Christopher, wife, Siobhan, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His sister, Lucille Kosko Hankey, predeceased Jack and his brother, Robert, wife Pat and sister, Patricia Zimmerman survive him. He was graduated in 1943 from Forest Park High School. A WWII veteran, he enlisted in the US Navy and served in the South Pacific on the aircraft carrier IJSS Langley. Jack's boyhood hobby of amateur radio found him flying as radioman on a TBM Avenger off the USS Langley. At nineteen years of age he completed nineteen bombing raids over Japan. The Navy awarded him numerous commendations, among them, the Distinguished Flying Cross and Gold Medals in lieu of the Distinguished Flying Cross. Jack found a taste for flying and after WWII he took private flying lessons. His love of flying and aircraft led him to later restore two 1945 TBM Avengers and other Warbirds. Construction was a family trade with Jack's father and grandfather. Jack joined the family business with his dad until his dad's retirement. Then in 1966, he founded S.T. Michaels Construction Company where his sons joined him in the business and still carry on the tradition. Jack and Rubye turned the hobby of wine making into a second family business. For over forty years they operated Esdraelon Vineyards in Fawn Grove, PA. Jack's passion for antique cars led him to restore and maintain a collection that at one time grew to eighteen cars. His love of cars passed to many of his children where they enjoy his treasures next to their own cars. The family will receive friends and family on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Granite Presbyterian Church, Granite, MD. Funeral services will be on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Granite Presbyterian Church, Granite, MD.



Published in Carroll County Times on May 11, 2017
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