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Joseph Alfred Kotarski

October 24, 1942May 2, 2020

Joseph A. Kotarski 1942 - 2020

Indianapolis - 77, passed away May 2, 2020. He was born October 24, 1942 to the late Alfred and Victoria Kotarski of Depew, NY. Joe was a veteran of the US Army and retired from Ford Motor Company after 37 years of employment while also a member of the UAW Local 1111. Joe was an avid bowler and an active member of St. Simon and later, Holy Spirit Catholic Churches where he created many lasting friendships. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Kye-Shin "Shina" Kotarski; son Al Kotarski (Tammy); daughters, Ruth Abraham and Paula Jones (Bill); grandchildren, Aric Kotarski, Emily Kotarski, Addison Jones and Annabel Abraham; his sister Linda Kratzer and brother, Jim (Francine) Kotarski. A Memorial Service to Celebrate Joe's life will be held at a later date.


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Francine Kotarski

May 24, 2020

First and foremost, thank you for welcoming me into the family. I believe we met in 1982 at my wedding. You stood in for your father at our wedding. You never smiled, but when i would catch you smiling it made me smile. I want you to know that Jim looked up to you. Me personally, I'm going to miss you calling me "young lady" everytime we spoke or saw each other. I can still hear you saying that and it makes me smile. Your humor and laugh will be missed and I'm SO glad we got to see you last May and the one and only time we spent Christmas together. Joe, I love you and I will miss you dearly.💔💔😔 RIP.

Mark Phillippe

May 18, 2020

It is beyond tragic and shocking to lose both Joe and Kye Shin. Joe and I met in the early 80's and worked together in the tax business part time and became friends. I met Kye Shin with her shop on Sherman as we insured it and dropped in several times. I will certainly miss Joe stopping in and straightening out my sons and myself in the office. He was just a great guy with great bowling ability and stories as well as our ""casino"" updates. Most importantly he loved his family and God and running into him at Holy Spirit during daily or Sunday Mass was almost guaranteed. He was also a very generous man and will be missed.

Brian Lyons

May 15, 2020

Al & family

Karen and I along with our family are sorry to hear of the passing of your mom and dad. We are on our knees praying for healing for your family. I can say that I knew your dad a little in high school , that is when I learned of his love for the Yankees and he had to be a good guy. Its the past 10 years of being around him at the gym though that I learned more about your folks and about his and your moms strong feeling of pride for you, your siblings and all their grandchildren. Every day at the gym is full of stories about all of you. I looked forward to walks with him or he on the bike and me on the EFX ,listening to how much family meant to him and your mom. Again, sorry for your loss!

Tony Martin

May 14, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with Al and his family. I have so many great memories growing with Mr Kotarski growing up hanging out with Al as kids. He was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with. I've had my brother say a mass for him at Holy Trinity in Ky.


May 14, 2020

Tammy, Al and family, Our sincere sympathy to all for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Debbie Stucker, Cyndie and Lynda

Doug Jeffs

May 14, 2020

I only met Joe a handful of times, but I remember his dry sense of humor. I know he was a great man because I know he raised a great son, my friend Al.

My thoughts go out to all the Kotarski’s.

Christopher Russell

May 11, 2020

Big Joe, that’s how I remember him. Joe was everywhere, or at least it seemed. Whether it was CYO basketball, Scecina baseball, Northeastwood bowl, you’d usually run into him. A chauffeur for the young men growing up at St Simons. He tended to quite a few of us, me included, and I’m forever grateful. He loved to call you by your last name followed by a jolly laugh. He was always very loving and kind. I never heard him say anything negative about anyone. He just loved people, he loved life, and he loved his dear family. Not everyone can say that. I remember my last meeting in the Walmart parking lot with Joe. Even though it had been years, nothing had changed. He said, “Hey Russell,” and we picked up where we left off. Thanks Joe for sharing your life with me as well as so many others. Al, Tammy, Paula, Ruthie, so sorry you have to say goodbye, but he’s left you a legacy of so many great, happy memories. You had an angel of a dad! God Bless and raising you all up in prayers! Chris 🙏🐩❤️

Rosalyn Baker

May 11, 2020

To the family of Joe,
So sorry to read about the passing of Joe. I knew him from the credit union that served the English Ave plant. He was such a nice man and always had a little "quip" to share when he came in!! Hope all your fond memories of him help ease the pain a little bit during these trying times and in the future.

Prayers to you all,
Rosalyn Baker
Double 11 CU(formerly)

Wayne Johnson

May 8, 2020

Joe and my dad worked together at Ford, my dad's name was Virgil Johnson, RIP Joe, you will be greatly missed.

Patrick Wiktorski

May 6, 2020

Mr. Kotarski and my dad Tom worked together for many years. I used to sub in their bowling league at All Star bowl. Very nice man. Always had a smile and a kind word. Thank you Mr. Kotarski.
May you rest in peace and let perpetual light shine upon you.


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