NAUGATUCK — John Charles Kochanowski, a lifelong resident of Naugatuck, passed away on July 2, 2012 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was predeceased by his wife and soul mate, Margaret Kochanowski (née Macken), to whom he was married for 52 years.
Kochanowski is the son of the late John Kochanowski and the late Mabel Kochanowski (née Smith); devoted father of Karen Silver and her husband Richard of Garden City, N.Y.; and Susan Cordeau and her husband David of Oxford; beloved grandfather of Tim Silver, Meghan Ausherman (née Cordeau) and her husband Grant, Bryan Cordeau, and Alison Silver; cherished brother of Joan Sweet (née Kochanowski).
At age 18, John enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served on the USS Pinkney during World War II. Following the war, he worked at Risdon Manufacturing Company for the better part of 45 years before retiring in 1992. He was an avid fisherman up until the final year of his life, and his greatest joy was spending time with his family that he had devoted his life to.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, July 7, at 9:30 a.m. from the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 26 Waterbury Road, Route 69, Prospect, to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 318 Church St., Naugatuck for a mass at 10 a.m. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. James Cemetery, Naugatuck. Calling hours are Friday, July 6 from 4 to 7 p.m.
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