John T. Kosempa (1924 - 2015)

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John T. Kosempa, 91, McCullough Street, DuBois, died peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at Penn Highlands DuBois.
John was born on March 6, 1924, in DuBois, and was the son of the late John and Rose L. (Wiercioch) Kosempa.
He attended school in DuBois, graduating in 1941.
John served proudly in the United States Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II.
On Sept. 9, 1950, John married Julia B. Sekula. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
John was a hard worker who took great pride in his work. He was a master craftsman; designing, engraving, and erecting granite monuments in cemeteries all over Western Pennsylvania for 32 years. His work resulted in time-honored memorials of lost loved ones, bringing great comfort to many grieving families over the years.
His next career, which he also enjoyed immensely, was at DuBois Regional Medical Center (D.R.M.C.) in the maintenance department. After 16 years at D.R.M.C., John retired in 1993 to begin what he referred to as "a life of leisure". John and Julia especially loved to fish, travel to visit family and play cards. Additionally, even into his late 80's, John enjoyed gardening; always willing to share fresh, healthy, home-grown produce with family and friends.
John had a strong faith in God and was an active member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church. John was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and son.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Julia; his children, Damian Kosempa of York, Pa., Denise M. Retzlaff and her husband, Paul of Florida, John T. Kosempa and his wife, Perye of North Carolina, Mary Jo Kosempa of DuBois, Pa. and Roseanne Hammeke and her husband, Albert of Connecticut; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Julie; brothers, Mike, Joe, Carl, Frank; sister, Mary Lommock; infant brother, Jacob; and infant twin great-granddaughters, Lilly and Caiden Keenan.
There will be no public visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Daniel Kresinski as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.
The family requests that memorials be made to DuBois Central Christian High School, P.O. Box 567, DuBois, PA 15801.
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Published in The Courier Express on Dec. 4, 2015
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