Raymond Kobza

June 20, 1945March 14, 2015
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Ray Kobza, age 69, of Monroe, affectionately known as “Papa” to friends and family, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at St. Vincent’s hospital with his beloved wife of 47 years, Linda (Machia) Kobza, at his side.

Ray was born in Bridgeport to the late Norman & Kate (Galas) Kobza. He attended Harding High School where he excelled at sports as a member of the Presidents football team. Ray served in the Navy from 1963-1966. He spent his career working for United Van Lines and had recently retired after 45 years.

Ray enjoyed the simple things in life such as his garden, dinner with family, the New England Patriots, fishing, boating, classic cars, traveling with family & friends, playing cards, and his “paradise” condo in Florida. His greatest treasures in life were his children and grandchildren. He loved watching his grandchildren cheer, play football, softball, and soccer. Ray was a charming, loving man; generous, with a huge heart. He never thought of himself, but always provided care and protection to whoever needed it most. He was a great cook and would always be willing to engage anyone in political conversation. He will sadly be missed by so many. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital for the care that they provided over the past year.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife Linda, two beloved sons, Ray Jr of Monroe, Joseph and his wife Karen also of Monroe, and daughter-in-law Margaret of Trumbull; his grandson Raymond III, and three granddaughters; Samantha, Hailey, and Madison. He also leaves two sisters; Florence Randolph of Kissimmee Florida, Norma Assenza and her husband Albert of Stratford, two half sisters, Yvonne Sasseville and Doris Place of Massachusetts, and several nieces and nephews. Ray was predeceased by one brother, Norman, who was survived by his wife, Kathy of Milford, CT. He also leaves his two special buddies Snowflake and Cinnamon.

Friends are invited to greet the family Thursday, March 19, from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M with a 7:00pm funeral service at Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, Ct. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

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  • Visitation Thursday, March 19, 2015
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 19, 2015


  • Burial will be private

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Curtis Wettje

April 8, 2016

Still in my thoughts God Speed

March 21, 2015

Our country is in mourning for a veteran has passed away today.

March 21, 2015

Heartfelt sympathy to each of you. May you find peace and strength in sharing wonderful memories.
Joanne Quaranta & Family

tom randolph

March 21, 2015

rest in peace uncle ray there is not enough space here to list all the great memories I have with you since I was 5 yrs old I know I will see you again love ya

Melinda Lockshier

March 20, 2015

Please accept my deepest sympathy to the Kobza Family. Carry on all the traditions and memories always. Know he is with you always in spirit.
Melinda St.vincent's ICU

Carolyn DAndria

March 19, 2015

Dear Joe and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your memories of happier days bring you comfort. God Bless, carolyn

Linda Bayusik

March 19, 2015

Dear Linda,
I am so very sorry to hear about your husband's passing. Praying for God's peace and comfort to surround you at this difficult time.

Sue Kaeser

March 19, 2015

Dear Aunt Linda, Ray, Joe and families...It is so sad to lose Uncle Ray. I will miss him so much. I enjoyed visiting with him a few weeks ago and was impressed with his amazing attitude and courage. Ray was such a hardworker and wonderful family man. You could see how much he loved his family, especially his grandchildren. I have many fond memories...his love of breakfasts in the world! His sense of humor..he could always make you laugh...His love of boys loved talking with him about football. Rest in peace, Uncle Ray..I love you!

Ray McPadden,Sr.

March 19, 2015

Dear Linda & family,
Ray was a great, family focused , friend to many!!! He will be sorely missed by all. We share this loss with the family & so many of Ray's many friends. Stay strong & God bless you. The Ray McPadden family'.

Mary Ann Rosenberg

March 19, 2015

Our deepest sympathy to the Kobza family. Papa was such a special person and will be dearly missed. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during the difficult time.
Love, Mary Ann, Alexandra, Craig and Nicholas