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James William Kowcheck

March 18, 1931 January 25, 2018
James William Kowcheck
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Obituary for James William Kowcheck

James William Kowcheck, 86, of Avella, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 25, 2018. His final wish was to remain in his home, surrounded by the love of his family and friends that he had touched throughout his life, until his passing.

He was born March 18, 1931, in Avella, a son of the late Peter and Nellie Sankey Kowcheck.

Mr. Kowcheck was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War, and was awarded the Purple Heart Metal of Honor. He was employed by Weirton Steel in Weirton, WV, for the majority of his life on the blast furnace. Jim was a lifelong resident of Avella, a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church and the American Legion Bert C. Siders Post 643 in Avella.

He loved spending daily time during his retired years visiting with his siblings, especially his brother Hugh. Jim had a passion for hunting, cooking wild game, gardening and being outdoors. He devoted much of his time and energy to his garden, producing prized tomatoes, and shared all with family and friends. Jim will always be remembered for his very loving and generous heart.

On October 20, 1956, he married the love of his life, Julia Kertesz, who survives.

Mr. Kowcheck is survived by his wife of 61 years, Julia; along with their children: daughters, Denise (Greg) Hughes of San Carlos, California, Debbie (Drew) Bentz of Avella; son, James (Raeanne) Kowcheck of Vernon, Kentucky; and Louis Kertesz of Indio, California; three grandchildren, William Halcomb, Gabe and Andrew Kowcheck; three sisters, Mercedes Vaira of La Plata, MD, Mary (Jim) Chase and Bernita (Richard) Defibaugh both of Avella; three brothers, David (Rose) Kowcheck, John (Anna) Kowcheck, and Paul (Diane) Kowcheck all of Avella; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Loretta Loftis; and four brothers, Thomas, Regis, Edward and Hugh Kowcheck.

To honor the deceased’s wishes, a viewing will not be held. If so desired, memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the American Legion Bert C. Siders Post 643, 30 Short St. Avella, PA 15312 or the Avella Food Pantry, c/o Avella Presbyterian Church, 25 Campbell St. Avella, PA 15312.

Condolences may be expressed at www.stefkovichfuneralhome.com.


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Memorial Contribution

American Legion Bert C. Siders Post 643

30 Short Street
Avella, PA 15312

Avella Food Pantry, c/o Avella Presbyterian Church

25 Campbell Street
Avella, PA 15312
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