Janina "Jean" Stephania (Jackowski) Kozel

September 28, 1923November 10, 2020

Janina “Jean” S. Kozel, 97, peacefully passed into glory early Tuesday morning, November 10, 2020, at Brookdale Senior Living in Harrisonburg.

Jean was born September 28, 1923, in Hamtramck, Michigan, and was the daughter of the late Anthony and Helen Milkowska Jackowski. On December 5, 1941, she married Nicholas C. Kozel who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her eldest son, Anthony M. Kozel, and great-grandson, Porter S. Kozel.

She was a member of Covenant Reformed Church in Harrisonburg. For many years she taught reading at Good Shepherd School and Day Care where she was known as “Grammy” and loved by all.

Jean was an avid reader who also enjoyed expressing her artistic talents in a variety of ways, leaving behind a myriad of pencil drawings, as well as oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings.

Surviving are three sons, George J. (Judy) Kozel, Harrison Township, Michigan, Nickolas G. (Caryn) Kozel, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Thomas H. (Barbara) Kozel, Algonac, Michigan; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Her body will be cremated at Lindsey Funeral Home and Crematory in Harrisonburg. Due to recently updated COVID-19 restrictions, the Reverend David Shank will conduct a private memorial service on November 27, 2020 at the Lindsey Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel.


  • George J. Kozel (Judy), Son
  • Nickolas G. Kozel (Caryn), Son
  • Thomas H. Kozel (Barbara), Son
  • Fifteen, Grandchildren
  • Thirty-Seven, Great-Grandchildren
  • Five, Great-Great-Grandchildren
  • Nicholas C. Kozel, Husband (deceased)
  • Anthony M. Kozel, Son (deceased)
  • Porter S. Kozel, Great-Grandson
  • Helen Milkowska Jackowski, Mother (deceased)
  • Anthony Jackowski, Father (deceased)

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Thomas Kozel

November 18, 2020

Janina was a unique woman from a unique time and possessed a perspective of life and love that is rarely found today, and she only had a sixth-grade education! My father had lost both his parents and had to drop out of high school to raise his two younger brothers on his own, he was completely distraught. He called her begging for help and she agreed to marry him. They were married by the Justice of the Peace, no big reception, no honeymoon, a prebuilt family, parents that did not approve, and Pearl Harbor just a few days away. Very precarious for an 18-year-old. Their love blossomed from there and lasted over 50 years until his passing. She had a very strong character and constitution that to this day lives on within her rather large Legacy.

Judy Kozel

November 17, 2020

RIP mom. You’ve had a great life with lots of love from those around you. We loved visiting you on Harsens Island and you introduced me to the best perch dinner ever and we still make that recipe today. Enjoyed the years you lived with George and I and our grandkids getting to know you. You were patient teaching them to draw. We made lots of meals together and I treasure the tips you gave us. Love you, mom.

Erika Humphreys

November 16, 2020

Sending heartfelt condolences to the entire Kozel family. Mrs. Jean has left you all with memories to cherish and sustain you all.

Marilyn Frazee

November 16, 2020

A very special woman who, at the age of around 92, came to my parents' home and taught me how to connect all of my granny squares for an afghan I made for our son! It was fun to be with her and learn from her! Looking forward to seeing her again in heaven!

Nick Kozel

November 16, 2020

Mom lived a very full life. She often said she was blessed to be able to do o everything she wanted to do. The pictures she painted are hanging in the homes of family members and friends across our land. We were blessed to be part of her life.

Anne Ritter

November 13, 2020

Kozel Family - My heart is heavy with sadness. Rest in Peace Grandma Spoons!


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