OBITUARY

Joseph Kozel

December 11, 1927June 7, 2018
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NORWICH – Joseph Kozel, 90, passed away peacefully at Pendleton Healthcare & Rehab in Mystic on Thursday, June 7th.

He was born in Avella, PA on Dec. 11, 1927 to the late Peter and Frances (Arnold) Kozel. After completing high school, Joe joined the US Navy serving during WWII. After his Honorable Discharge, Joe met the love of his life, Assunta (D’Elia). They were married on Jan. 8, 1949 at Saints Peter & Paul Church in Norwich. She survives him.

Joe became a civilian employee for the Dept. of Defense at the Supervisory of Shipbuilding, working at the Electric Boat location until his retirement. There, he received an award for his work on assisting ships during and after sea trials. When not working, Joe enjoyed carrying on his avid athletic lifestyle playing softball, volleyball and golfing. He enjoyed family time, especially time spent with his grandson Sasha.

He is survived by his wife, Assunta, his daughters; Susan and Geralyn, his son-in-law Michael Frishman, his grandson, Sasha Frishman and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 3 brothers and 1 sister.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 from noon to 1:30pm at Church & Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich with a Memorial Service commencing at 1:30pm. Burial with Military Honors will immediately follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Norwich.

Donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at 322 8th Ave 7th Flr., NY NY 10001, or calling 1-866-232-8484 or online at www.alzfdn.org

To leave an online condolence or share a memory, please visit www.churchandallen.com

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Inurnment with Military Honors Friday, June 15, 2018
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John Marino

June 16, 2018

To Santa and family, we wish to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of Joe. He was a great guy. He and Santa were good friends with my Mom and she adored both of them. Sorry for your loss.

John and Pat Marino

Patricia Kozerefski

June 15, 2018

I wish to express my sincere condolences to the entire Kozel family on the passing of Mr. Kozel. As a close childhood friend of both Susan and Geralyn I spent much of my youth playing endlessly at their home. Both Mr. and Mrs. Kozel welcomed me with love and treated me with kindness and respect. I am forever grateful for being a part of their lives. I send the entire family my deepest love and prayers. Always and forever, Pattie

LOUIS fUSARO

June 14, 2018

Santa and Family, We are so sorry for the passing of your dear husband Joe. His smiling face will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathy.
Lou, Jane and Isabelle Fusaro

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