Frank J. Kozel, 91

Frank J. Kozel, 91, of Oswego, passed away August 17, 2011 at Seneca Hill Manor.

Born in Collier, Penn, he was the son of the late Anton and Gertrude (Stiffer) Kozel.

He was a US Navy, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, Army and Air Force Veteran. He served USS Reid from 1941 to 1944. He was a recipient of the Good conduct medal, American Defense Service Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal.

He was employed at the Post Office in Cleveland, Ohio. He was also a Catholic Church lay missionary for 5 years in the Northern Territory of Australia, where he farmed and lived with the Aborigines. He lived and spent time in Europe, Africa, India, Mexico and Central America.

Frank was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Oswego and for many years he was Vice President of the Board for Granby Methodist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Terri Burns, Rosalia Kozel and Anna Maria Roy, of Oswego; a brother, Anthony R. Kozel; a sisters, Gertrude Roskovensky; 8 grandchildren, Lisa (Richard) Godfrey, Veronica (David) Turner, William Johnson II, Stephan Johnson, Jason (Melanie) Burns, Jessica (Matt) Ponti, Hannah Kozel, Emma Kozel; great-grandchildren, Richard Godfrey III, Robert Godfrey, Rachel Godfrey, Rosemarie O’Grady, Austin Zappala, William Johnson III, Steven Johnson, Alex Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Morgan Leigh Johnson, Caitlin Johnson and Ethan Burns; great-great grandchildren, Tyler O’Grady, Olivia Godfrey, Jaxson Godfrey.

He was predeceased by his wife, Lucia; three brothers, Martin, Joseph and John Kozel, three sisters, Elizabeth Marie Kozel, Catherine Streeter and Anna Mae Nypaver.

Funeral Services will be held 10a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be in Martville Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held 4-7p.m. Friday at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany St. Oswego.

Throughout his lifetime, he spent time often volunteering and giving to charities and organizations. In lieu of flowers, Frank and his family prefer donations to be made to Somalian Relief organizations.

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