Kosta S. Tegovich
May 7, 1920 – March 7, 2018
Kosta S. Tegovich, 97, passed away on March 7, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Kosta was a kind, caring man who was loved and admired by all who knew him. He was born in May, 1920 in the village of Jankovec, FYR Macedonia. He emigrated to the US on the Queen Mary in 1938. Kosta enlisted in the US Army and became a US citizen in 1942. He served as an anti-aircraft artillery operator, landing on Normandy Beach and fighting bravely in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.
He learned hairdressing on the GI Bill and opened his own salon, Mr. Kosta’s. He later worked as a convenience store manager before opening his own grocery store, Village Dairy, with his wife Irene in 1970. Following retirement, they drove throughout Europe and across the US many times before moving from Massachusetts to Arizona in 1990.
Although he always maintained his Eastern Orthodox and European traditions, Kosta was proud to be an American Veteran, especially when he was awarded the Medal of Honor to commemorate his participation in the Allied Assault Operation Overlord by the Ambassador of France and former Congressman John Shadegg in 2002. For many years, he was an active member of the VFW. Kosta was devoted to his extended family and enjoyed playing chess and bingo, shooting pool, hosting family dinners, and telling stories about his adventurous life.
He was predeceased by his parents Sterio and Vasilikia, his sisters Irini and Marika, and his brother Mihail. Kosta is survived and deeply missed by his beloved wife of 47 years, Irene, his three children with his previous spouse Ida (deceased), Christina, Elaine, and Steven, his sister Flore, his nieces, nephews and cousins. His family extends much gratitude to his dedicated, compassionate Home Health Care Team and the hospital staff of the Veterans Administration.
Arrangements will be handled by Dignity Memorial and services will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, March 14 at Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona.
- He was predeceased by his parents Sterio and Vasilikia, his sisters Irini and Marika, and his brother Mihail. Kosta is survived and deeply missed by his beloved wife of 47 years, Irene, his three children with his previous spouse Ida (deceased), Christina, Elaine, and Steven, his sister Flore, his nieces, nephews and cousins.
- Visitation Wednesday, March 14, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, March 14, 2018
- Graveside Service Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Kosta S. Tegovich
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March 14, 2018
Mr Tegovich was one of the 'old guard'; a man who commanded respect by his age & activity in WW2. My husband Scott & I knew him & his wife Irene from attending Elaine's Christmas Eve get togethers the past 7yrs. It was an experience indeed to hear his war stories & later, to watch Mr Tegovich's face as he watched their old family movies (converted to DVD) with a smile on his face. Christina, Elaine & Stephen became children again as he watched, recalled & relived those younger, carefree years.
Mr Tegovich lived an incredible life, was a true patriot, war hero & family man who was obviously loved & respected (& spoiled) by his wife & daughters.
Men of Mr Tegovich's caliber are getting fewer, it is with great sadness that we pay our last respects to this gentleman, even though he lived a good long life. We salute you Mr Tegovich.
March 10, 2018
Dad received the Medal of Honor and a Certificate from the Ambassador of France and former Congressman John Shadegg for his participation in the Allied Assault of Operation Overlord.
March 9, 2018
What a wonderful man! I had become instant friends with his daughter, Elaine, and subsequently was invited to Kosta and Irene's for Sunday dinner. The man was stalwart, engaging, old world traditional and had a wry sense of humor. There was a confident air about this man that compelled me to give him my instant and complete respect. Upon completion of dinner, I got up to clear the table and help with the dishes. Kosta preferred that we sit and talk. He had wonderful stories to tell. They were amazing. It was through those conversations I came to understand why respect was instantly given to this gentleman. I will never forget his kindness. i enjoyed several Sunday dinners with the family and am grateful to have met these wonderful people. Thank you, Kosta and Irene, for those memories and your hospitality.
March 9, 2018
My beloved Great White Father, thank you for you lifetime of love, care and guidance. You will always be my Hero, Dad. I will hold you close in my heart forever, until we meet again.