- John J. Kokoska Jr., 68, passed away March 12, 2017, after a brief illness, with his loving family by his side. He was born January 10, 1949, in Stamford, CT., the son of John and Louise Kokoska.
John graduated from St. Francis College in Biddeford. Following graduation, he taught English at MDI High School, later selling vehicles at Dow Motors in Ellsworth. John and his family then moved from Franklin to Calais, where he became a full time United States Customs Inspector until his retirement in 1996. John married Diana Anderson of Franklin and celebrated 40 years of marriage on February 25, 2017. John was extremely proud of his two children: John, a Lieutenant at the Old Town Fire Department, and Jodi, a Major in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Leavenworth, KS. John loved vacationing in Florida and was planning on spending future winters with his wife in Cocoa Beach, FL.
John was predeceased by his parents, with whom he remained very close until their deaths. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Diana, are a son, John J. Kokoska III and wife, Kelly, of Hermon; a daughter, Jodi D. Krippel and husband, Steven, of Fort Leavenworth, KS; grandchildren, John IV, Katelyn, Emilee and William; a brother, Gerald Kokoska and Jane of Virginia Beach, VA; father-in-law, Donald Anderson of Franklin; a sister-in-law, Donna Abbott and husband, Brian, of Franklin; a brother-in-law, JR Anderson and wife, Tina, of Franklin; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2017, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where a funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Grace Bartlett, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Brewer, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversations and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, immediately following the service Friday. Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Those who wish to remember John in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Ross Manor Physical Therapy Gym Fund, c/o Ross Manor, 758 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  March 15, 2017