John J. Koziol, 99, of Kensington, Conn., passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017. He was born in New Britain, Conn., on Jan. 11, 1918, son of the late Michael and Josephine (Radaj) Koziol and loving husband of the late Rita (Marcoux) Koziol. John and Rita were married for 61 years until her passing in 2011. They enjoyed their time together, especially cheering on the UConn women’s basketball team and their beloved Boston Red Sox and their many summers in Cape Cod. John also loved playing golf which he did well into his 90s.
John graduated from New Britain High School in 1936. He attended Hillyer College, Central Connecticut State University and was a graduate of the John Bulova School of Watchmaking. For 30 years, he was employed at Raymond Engineering in the Research and Development Department where he made significant contributions to the development of several Department of Defense programs and the U.S. Space Program. John was a proud veteran serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was in the European Theater with the 9th Infantry Division, 60th Combat Team and the 7th Corps First Army. As an Infantryman, John was directly engaged in combat operations in Normandy, France and in the Rhineland Campaigns. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Bronze Star Attachment (Triple). He also received the Sharpshooter Badge and the Rifle Bar.
John will be deeply missed by his children, Lt. Gen Craig Koziol (USAF, Retired) and his wife, Ginny, of Rockwall, Texas; Janet Greenfield of Ridgefield, Conn., Major Mark Koziol (USAF, Retired) and his wife, Cheryl, of Fayetteville, N.C. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kevin Sims, LCDR Ryan Koziol (U.S. Navy), Tyler Koziol, Alison Greenfield, Michael Greenfield and his great-grandchildren, Avery and Owen Koziol. In addition to his parents and wife, John was predeceased by his daughter, Diane Houser, and son-in-law, Walter Greenfield and his five sisters, Mary Stepensky, Bertha Polgroszek, Ann Judy, Antoinette Burnette and Helen Hornoise.
His funeral service will begin Friday, May 19 at 8:45 a.m. from the Burritt Hill Funeral Home, 332 Burritt St., New Britain, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Kensington. In recognition of his sacrifice and service to his country, Military Funeral Honors will be rendered at the Church after Mass. He will be laid to rest privately at a later date beside his wife in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain. Relatives and friends are invited to call Thursday, May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Burritt Hill. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in John’s name to Hartford Health Care HOPE/Hospice, 999 Asylum Ave., Fifth Floor, Hartford, CT 06105. To share a message of sympathy with his family, please visit us at www.burritthill.com