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Ann (Freach) Kozak

Ann (Freach) Kozak, of Pittston Twp., died on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at her home. She was born in Taylor, May 17th, 1921 and was the daughter of the late George and Anna (Pehanich) Freach of Pocono Summit. Before marrying her husband of 49 years, the late Walter Kozak Sr., Ann was employed by the Scranton Silk Sauquoit Mill, where she contributed to the WWII war effort by making cords used in military parachutes.

Following her marriage, Ann became a housewife, mother, and later, grandmother. In her 97 years, she was a former member of the former St. Mary’s Greek Catholic Church, where she especially enjoyed singing in the church choir as a soprano. She was also a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish Church, Pocono Summit. She was a current member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont and also its alter and rosary society and served as a den mother to the cub scouts. In her younger years, Ann also loved to dance. She was an avid square dancer, but was not allowed to jitterbug.

Ann was happiest when she was spending time with her family. She loved to read, tend to her garden, hummingbirds, and to make her famous kolchi and halupka every holiday. She always made sure her family was well fed including her grandpup, Brandy, who she loved sharing cookies with whenever he visited. She was much loved and will surely be missed especially for her famous one- liners.

She is survived by her two sons Walter Jr. (Doreen) and Gerald (Betsy), both of Pittston Twp; grandchildren; Alex, Katie, Noelle, Nicole, Jacob, and John; grandpup, Brandy; sisters-in-law Helen Freach, Helen David, Nancy Kaminski, Eleanor Kaminski, and Irene Kelp and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Walter; brothers Joseph and George Freach and sister, Irene Cheek; and grandanimals Jack, Buttons, and Butterscotch.

The Kozak family would like to thank Dr. Martin Moran for his exceptional care as well as Fr. Joseph Versepy and the Rev. Gary Messinger for tending to her later years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday November 3rd at 9:30am from Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea with a mass of Christian burial at 10:00am at Queen of the Apostles Parish Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca with Fr. Joseph Versepy and Rev. Gary Messinger, officiating. Friends may call on Friday evening, November 2nd from 6-8pm with Parastas being held by Fr. Gary Messinger at 6:30pm. Interment will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, Dupont.

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