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AUG. 9, 1922 -- APRIL 7, 2005

Edward F. Kokoszka, 82, of Cheektowaga, longtime director of the General Pulaski Association, died Thursday in Sisters Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Kokoszka, who was known as "Eddie Koko," was born in Buffalo and graduated from Emerson High School.

For 32 years, he worked for Eastman Machine Co. in Buffalo, first as a tool-and-die maker and retiring as an inspector in the mid-1980s.

During World War II, he served in the Army and saw duty in the North African and China-Burma-India theaters.

Mr. Kokoszka was director of General Pulaski Association for more than 25 years and served as chairman of the Pulaski Day Parade for the last three.

He also was a former grand marshal of the parade.

He was a member and past county commander of Erie County American Legion.

Mr. Kokoszka also was a member of Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion; the Forty & 8; and Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was a member of Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church and of its Holy Name Society.

Mr. Kokoszka was an antique car enthusiast and a member of the Erie Region Antique Automobile Club of America.

His wife, the former Josephine Jezewicz, died in 1996.

Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth of Cheektowaga.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Queen of Martyrs Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga, following prayers at 9 in Melvin J. Sliwinski Funeral Home, 85 George Urban Blvd.

Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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