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Crosman Funeral Home

40 Main Street, Lisbon Falls, ME

OBITUARY

Bernard Koza

March 4, 1939October 2, 2016

LISBON FALLS: Dr. Bernard F. Koza passed away at his home in Lisbon Falls on Sunday morning October 2, 2016. He was born March 4, 1939 in Adams, MA, son of the late Ignatius and Helen (Wysocki) Koza. Bud, or Bernie, Buddy or Bunny as he was called in his younger years, graduated from St. Stanislaus Kostka School, Adams Memorial High School in 1957, Holy Cross College in 1961, and Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 1965. He opened his dental practice in Lisbon Falls, ME in 1966 where he served the community for many years until his retirement in 2000. His heart was in his profession and he never turned a patient away. He used his talent to help people without obligation, often accepting canned pickles, pork pies or leg of lamb for services rendered. His greatest joy was his children to whom he devoted his life, along with his wife Veronica, encouraging them to pursue their ambitions and providing them the education to pursue their dreams. He was also very proud of his fifteen grandchildren and the creativity, intelligence and athleticism they’ve shown. He will be remembered as a strong student, class president, third baseman, quarterback and Senior of the Year in high school; a true Red Sox fan who attended “more games than I can count” while at dental school studying pathology in the bleachers, the town dentist for 34 years, a pianist who played Joplin’s Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag quite well by his own admission, a baseball/softball coach and umpire at several levels of the Lisbon Junior Athletic League and a past-president, an authority on the rules of Babe Ruth baseball, a backyard ice rink builder, a champion for his kids and grandkids at sports events, a trivia and crossword expert, a gardener, a lover of time spent in the Maine woods with family especially at Grace Pond and Kennebago, and a catcher - and eventual releaser - of brook trout on the fly. He is survived by his wife Veronica (Priestly) of 53 years, his three daughters Mary Beth Bubar of Litchfield ME and her children Zachary, Cameron, Marcus and Allison, Melanie McDonald and her husband Paul of Chandler AZ and their children Jonathan, Cameron and Amanda, Marla Dickinson and her husband Vince of Yarmouth ME and their children Madelyn, Will, and Anna, his three sons Michael Koza and wife Christine of Raymond ME and their sons Brendan and Dylan, Matthew Koza of Yarmouth ME and his son Dominic, Mark Koza and wife Jennifer of East Kingston NH and their children Edward and Margaret, his twin sisters Judith Belanger and husband Bob of Adams MA and their sons Ryan, Mitchell and Russell, and Edith Hamilton and partner Larry Dalpiaz of Carrollton TX, a brother I. John Koza and wife Gail of Webster NY and their sons Jeff and Paul, brothers-in-law Robert Priestly and his wife Joyce of Westford, MA and Timothy Priestly and his partner T.L. Mikesell of Auburn ME, and a sister-in- law Mary Sophie Priestly of Wakefield MA. He was predeceased by a brother Raymond Koza. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.crosmanfuneralhome.com To honor Bud’s wishes, a formal service will not be held. He preferred that we come together as friends for a Celebration of Life at the Slovak Club 26 Avery St. in Lisbon Falls on October 22 from 1-5 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Bernard’s memory to: Lisbon Junior Athletic League PO Box 133 Lisbon, ME 04250. Arrangements are under the care of Crosman Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 40 Main St. Lisbon Falls, 353-4951.

Services

  • Celebration Gathering Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Judi Bartlett

November 23, 2016

I miss Dr. Koza he was the best dentist as well as being a friend to his patients. So sorry to the Koza family. Dr. K was "one of the best".

Sonya KUIETAUSKAS

October 25, 2016

Sorry to hear the loss of Dr. Koza. I know he was so much more to many of you, but I remember him as such a kind man who made seeing the dentist so much easier.
Love and Prayers for his family during this difficult time.

Your son Mike

October 25, 2016

Dad - thanks for everything. You would have enjoyed your own celebration of life Saturday at the club, so many friends. Rest easy. And BTW, your Red Sox tanked it after your passing...get em next year.

Tracy Borden (Mallett)

October 22, 2016

May you remember the wonderful memories as you celebrate a life well lived. Our thoughts are with you Veronica and your family.

Joan Foster Ford

October 18, 2016

Many, many people share your sense of loss with the passing of "Doc," albeit not as keenly as you, his family. My thoughts, love, and best wishes to all the Koza's during this difficult time.

Jeff & Carolyn Pollard

October 13, 2016

So sorry for your loss Koza family.

Harvey Clermont

October 12, 2016

Bernie was the Best Man at my wedding in 1962. He and I went to professional school in Boston and he visited our apartment frquently. I lost touch with him, but still and will always remember him. Jerry Clermont

October 12, 2016

More bad news. Rest in peace Bernie! Larry Holfelder [Holy Cross] Class of '61

John (Jack) Coussoule

October 12, 2016

To the family of Bernard (Buddy) Koza,
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Buddy was a very good friend of mine when we grew up around The Court in Adams. I spent many great times with him and his brother Ike. Bud and I also played together on the Crystal-Alerts baseball team during the initial Little League season in Adams.

One play during one game is particularly vivid in my mind. Bud was playing catcher and I was playing in center field. The game was close in score and moving into the latter portion. Opponents had a runner on 3rd base. Batter hit a long fly ball to centerfield which I shagged down. The runner held his position until I made the catch and then broke for home plate. I was able to throw a perfect strike to the plate and Bud tagged the runner out. A great one, two play. He was a very dear friend. May he RIP.

Donald Moskowicz

October 12, 2016

We shared classes at Holy Cross and at Tufts Dental. We were roommates for a time while at Tufts so I assumed that I knew all there was about Bud. I was so saddened to learn of his passing and so proud of his selflessness as a professional dentist that placed service above monetary gain. What surprised me most was his illustrious past athletic prowess and his later devotion to sports for the benefit of youngsters. He never once boasted of his past athletic accomplishments as men often do although we often talked about our mutual love of the Boston Red Sox , the Celtics and sports in general. A true and humble man of mystery and a great servant of the people. My sincere condolences to his wife, children and grandchildren.

FROM THE FAMILY