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Frank J. Kozacka Obituary
EXETER - Frank J. Kozacka, 95, died Monday, July 5, 2010, at Colonial Poplin Nursing Home in Fremont.

Mr. Kozacka taught biology and coached with the football program at Amesbury High School for 20 years, and then served as the first principal of Exeter AREA Junior High School for 12 years.

The widower of Ann (Varga) Kozacka, who died in 1998, he is survived by one daughter and her husband, Katherine and Fred Emanuel of Stratham; one son, Frank Kozacka of Haines City, Fla.; one grandson and his wife, David and Maria Emanuel of Stratham; one granddaughter and her husband, Sharon and Chris Bland of Stratham; four great-grandsons, Cole and Graham Emanuel and Tyler and Tanner Bland; two brothers and their wives, Fred and Carlene Kozacka of South Hampton, and Robert and Pat Kozacka of Conway; one sister Stella Slemp; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by one sister, Sophie.

WE REMEMBER: He was born April 20, 1915, in Newburyport, Mass., the son of the late Bronislaw and Nellie (Gurak) Kozacka, and was raised in Amesbury, Mass., moving to Exeter in the mid-1960s.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a pharmacists mate first class aboard the Landing Craft Support Ship 25, in the Pacific theater.

He had a lifelong passion for education and graduated from St. Anselm College. He earned master degrees from Boston University and Syracuse University.

A dedicated public servant, he served his community by dedicating time to numerous groups in Exeter, including the Conservation Commission, Planning Board, and was chairman of the Council on Aging.

He served other groups around the state including the N.H. state Legislature, the N.H. Committee on Aging as appointed by the governor, Rockingham County Meals on Wheels, N.H. Retired Teachers Association, and the N.H. Association of School Principals. He received the United Way Distinguished Service Award and Exeter Citizen of the Year Award.

SERVICES: Calling hours will be held Friday, July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 10, at 9 a.m. in St. Michael Church, 9 Lincoln St., Exeter. Burial will follow in Exeter Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rockingham Nutrition and Meals on Wheels (RNMOW), 106 North Road, Brentwood, NH 03833.

To sign an online guest book, visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.

Published in Seacoastonline.com from July 7 to July 9, 2010
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