George James Koval
George was born Dec. 24, 1919, in Laurel Run, Pa. He married the love of his life, Gertrude Gendler, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Feb. 5, 1949. Out of this love two daughters were born: Virginia Ann (married to David Enfield) of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Cheryl Marie (married to Raymond Remington) of Austin.
George has no grandchildren, but loved his Grandcats: Puddie Enfield, Keike, Larry and LaRee Remington.
In addition to his daughters, survivors include a sister, Ruth Grula of Wilkes-Barre Twp., Pa.; many nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and his family at Sacred Heart Care Center, his very special CNAs that loved him very much, and the nursing staff that helped him to go to his everlasting peace.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude G. Koval; brothers, Nicholas, Mike, John, Russell, Steve and Karl; sisters, Mary and Kate, all from Laurel Run, Pa.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law from the Pennsylvania area; and parents, Ann and Frank Koval from Laurel Run.
Casketbearers will be the people who loved him most and carried his heavy burden of Parkinson's disease for him, his daughters and their husbands.
George came to Austin after leaving the Atlanta professional baseball team to play here in Austin for the Packers. He was a star pitcher! He was a sergeant in the Marine Corps serving on the U.S.S. WASP, where he was a plank owner. He was a father first, a Marine second and a baseball player third. He had a long career at Hormel Foods where he worked in shipping and the engine room. This is what made George Koval who he was. He had a wonderful and full life that only few can dream of having.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 29, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 91 and the United States Marine Corps.
Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.