Carl H. Kozlowski, 92, of New Britain, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 1, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Lena (Sereno) Kozlowski for over 69 years.
Carl was born on Sept. 15, 1925, in Dickson City, Pa., to the late Carl and Sophie (Brzezinski) Kozlowski. After graduating from Dickson City High School, Carl enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country as a Seaman First Class on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga during World War II, a service which earned him a Purple Heart. After moving to New Britain, Carl met Lena, the love of his life, in 1947. The two were married on Sept. 4, 1948. Carl worked for many years as a shipping clerk before retiring from New Britain Machine in 1990.
In addition to his devoted wife, Carl is survived by his two daughters, Carlene Marino, of Plainville, and Debra McKinnon and her husband Robert McKinnon, of Kensington. Lovingly known as “Papa” to his special four, he leaves his grandchildren, Heather Marino and Robert, Kendall and Evan McKinnon. He also leaves a sister, Lorraine DeMicco, of Plainville; nieces, nephews and many other relatives. He was predeceased by his brothers, Raymond and Chester Kozlowski, and sisters, Dorothy Murphy, Adeline Hughes, and Sophie Kuchinski.
Carl was so proud of his family and especially loved watching his grandchildren’s countless activities, a constant and supportive presence on the sidelines, as well as in the recital halls. Carl was an avid sports fan who loved to watch a good game on TV. A basketball and baseball player himself, Carl was asked to try out for the Brooklyn Dodgers prior to enlisting in the service. Through the years, Carl made numerous friends and enjoyed spending time with his McDonald’s crew almost every day. He was very social and loved to engage in conversation, share a good story, and tell a great joke. He was an amazing man and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 5, 2018, from 4-7 p.m. at New Britain Memorial Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT 06053. Funeral services begin at the funeral home Tuesday, March 6, at 9 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Jerome Church, 1010 Slater Road, New Britain, followed by a military service burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Britain.
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