The Obit For Edward Kosik

Edward (Cyril) Kosik Sr.

Published in the Scranton Times from 4/15/2009 - 4/16/2009

Edward (Cyril) Kosik Sr., 87, of Dupont, died Sunday at his home. His wife of 59 years is Clara Pils Kosik.

Born in Dupont on Oct. 29, 1921, son of the late Michael and Mary Kosik, Edward was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. He graduated from Dupont High School in 1940 and while in high school, he proved to be an outstanding athlete. His skills in baseball led him to star in several local amateur baseball circuits. He played in the Suburban League of Pittston and with the Scranton Association semipro league. He had a tryout with the St. Louis Americans and played minor league baseball with the Philadelphia Athletics. Edward also had a short stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm team.

Edward's impressive career in minor league baseball was cut short when he was called to serve in World War II with the Army Air Corps. He served from 1942-45 and was stationed in the South Pacific. Following the war, Edward worked for Moffat Coal Co. He retired from the Wilkes-Barre Carpenters' Union, where he worked for many years.

Edward was an avid reader, sometimes reading up to three novels a week. Additionally, he loved the challenge of a good crossword puzzle. He enjoyed music from the big band era and was an excellent dancer. Edward derived most satisfaction from his time with his family. He will be missed beyond measure by his wife, sons and grandchildren.

Also surviving are three sons, Edward and wife, Sharon, Walnutport; David and wife Karen, Wilkes-Barre; and Joseph and wife, Maggie, Binghamton, N.Y.; three brothers, Paul and Michael, both of Dupont, and John, Ontario, Canada; five grandchildren, Steven, Joseph, David, Christian and Elizabeth; nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Andrew and George.

Funeral services will be Friday at 9 a.m. from Kiesinger Funeral Services, 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston, to be celebrated by Monsignor John J. Bendick. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Exeter.

Friends may call today, 5 to 8 p.m. The AMVETS honor guard of Dupont will provide military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Home Care and Hospice, 38 N. Main St., Pittston PA 18640.