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February 12, 2014

Joseph W. Kosina

Joseph W. Kosina

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Joseph W. Kosina passed away on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Little Falls Hospital (Rehabilitation Center), following a long, stoic battle with bladder cancer.

Joe was born March 29, 1933, in Queens. He graduated from high school in June of 1951.

On June 2, 1957, he married Teresa A. Valenta. Together they lived and raised three sons in Brentwood.

Joe was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa of 56 years; their three sons, William (Jean), James (Marie) and Robert; granddaughter, Amy (Saxxon) and last but not least, his brother, John J. Kosina. His warm smile and love will be truly missed.

Joe possessed a strong sense of what was the correct way to do things. One of his favorite lines, of which he had many, was always, “Use the proper tool for the proper job.” Joe worked as a technician for RCA and Sperry Rand until his retirement.

He worked hard to support his family and had the longtime goals of retiring at 55, moving upstate and raising beef animals. In 1988, that is what he did. He had a log home built in Unadilla Forks and started to learn the art of taking care of Herefords. It was at this location that his granddaughter learned that she shared a love of animals as much as her “Pa” did. They spent many happy times on a tractor or feeding the cattle. The whole family helped Joe with this endeavor, especially when part of his barbed wire or electric fence would break and cows would be found in neighboring lands or “way down the road a piece.” It was work, but Joe truly enjoyed his “hobby.”

Joe’s other leisure time activity, besides deer hunting, was fishing. He not only liked to fish, he turned it into another “job.” This was also a seven days a week job. He started out with 4 Seasons Sports near his home in (UF) but took his business with him to Richfield Springs in 2003. He turned one of his garage stalls into the “shop” as he called it and never had to go far to tend to his store. His love of this sport would transcend into discussions with his customers as they sought out fishing information. Besides selling supplies and giving detailed information, Joe was out on Canadarago Lake as often as he could. He was a member of the Susquehanna Bass Association and participated in bass tournaments. He also was a weekend ice fishing warrior with his sons. Joe accomplished what he set out to do — retire, live and enjoy.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Rick Kinney officiating.

Interment will be in the spring in Schuyler Lake Cemetery. 

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