The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 18, 2012

John Francis Kozora

The Tribune-Democrat

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP — KOZORA – John Francis, 91, Richland Township, died Nov. 16, 2012, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Dec. 13, 1920, in Johnstown, son of John A. and Mary (Petz) Kozora. Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Josephine (Michalowich) Kozora; brother, Raymond; and sister, Mary Elizabeth Ruth. Survived by his children, John R., married to the former Joan Kormanik, Ellicott City, Md.; Thomas, married to the former Carol Swartz, Columbia, Md.; and Ronald, married to the former Susan Edwards, Gatesville, Texas; grandchildren, Karen Kozora Fenlon, John P. Kozora, Dr. Matthew Kozora Ph.D., Daniel Kozora, Emily Kozora, Mark Kozora and Robert Kozora; great-grandchildren, Anna, Patrick and Carolyn Fenlon and Briley Kozora; sisters, Rosalie Bradley, North Carolina, and Catherine (Kay) Schultz, Johnstown; and brother, James Kozora, Kentucky. John was a 57-year member of St. Benedict Catholic Church. He was retired from Bethlehem Steel with 42 years service in the electrical department. A U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He received the Air Medal, Silver Service Star and two Bronze Service Stars. An avid Notre Dame fan and member of the Notre Dame Club of Central PA. He traveled on many occasions to South Bend to watch the “Fighting Irish” play football. John also was a member of the Retired Men’s Club; Old Timers Baseball Association; a former player and manager for various Cambria County and Johnstown baseball and basketball teams; past chairman and life member of AAABA League and Point Stadium Award Committee; and Johnstown Auxiliary Recreation Commission. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who took special pleasure and interest in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, having traveled often to attend sporting games and activities in which they participated. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., 710 Broad St., where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass will take place 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Father David Peles, officiating. Committal to take place at St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by the Conemaugh Valley Detachment 287 Marine Corps League Honor Guard.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to St. Benedict Catholic Church. Condolences can be sent to the family at


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