John Sigmund Koziel, 86, of Bridgman, died peacefully Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, surrounded by his children.
His life began on April 12, 1935, in Chicago, when he was born to Sigmund and Angeline Koziel.
He married Thelma Pauline Traxler on June 23, 1956, at St. John Kanty Catholic Church in Rolling Prairie, Ind. After 64 years of marriage, she preceded him in death on March 1, 2021.
John worked at Weldun International in Bridgman for 38 years, before he retired as vice president and director of sales. After his retirement from Weldun, he went on to work for Eagle Technologies in Bridgman for nearly 10 more years, where he consulted on sales efforts in their early years.
He and Thelma were 40-plus year members of Orchard Hills Country Club, where they enjoyed golf and all the friends they made. They were also lifelong Notre Dame fans, and held season tickets for many years. John, growing up on the south side of Chicago, was also a lifelong White Sox and Bears fan. He and Thelma loved attending their children's and grandchildren's sporting events, and were their biggest fans.
John will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by five of his children, Michael (Sally) Koziel of Niles, Mark Koziel of Buchanan, Matthew Koziel of Bridgman, Toni (Rick) Canada of Chicago and Nicholi (Bob) Eddy of Bridgman; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Victoria Parrett of LaPorte, Ind., and Patricia Hemphill of Benton Harbor; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Martin Koziel; and siblings, Richard Koziel, Michalene Smith, Bernard Koziel, Annette Lashua and Joseph Koziel.
John had a genuine love for life and for his family and friends. He loved meeting new people. His endearing and charming personality allowed for everyone he met to call him a friend.
The family will observe a private remembrance.
John will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Thelma, in St. John Kanty Cemetery in Rolling Prairie.
The family prefers contributions in John's memory be made to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 28 W. Ash St., Three Oaks, MI 49128.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner Family Funerals Pobocik Chapel, Three Oaks. Share a memory or a message online at www.wagnercares.com.