Francis J. Cocola
July 13, 2011
Francis J. Cocola (Frank), 91, died on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Born in Newark, he was a lifelong resident of Kearny.
Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 16th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen's Church (map, directions) following the funeral from Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Avenue, Kearny, NJ (map, directions) at 9:30 a.m. Visiting will be on Friday from 4-8 pm in the funeral home.
He was an Army/Air Corp veteran, serving in WWII as a 2nd LT Flight Engineer on the B29 Superfortress. He was a tool, die, and mold maker for 40 years, retiring in 1975. He had been employed by Joseph Davis Plastics in Kearny, Newark Die Company, and Western Electric in Kearny.
He was a communicant at St. Stephen's Church in Kearny. He was a member of the San Alfonso Retreat League, the Loyola Retreat League, and St. Stephen's Holy Name Society. He was also, a 3rd Degree Life Member of the Knights of Columbus, Queen of Peace Council 3428 in North Arlington as well as a Committee Chairman for Boy Scout Troop 22 of the former Boys Orphanage at Sacred Heart Kearny. He enjoyed watching the Yankees and taking bus trips to Atlantic City.
Son of the late Sergio and Paulina (nee Buongiovanni) Cocola. He is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Eleanor (nee Lenkiewicz), his children, John (Nancy), Susan Tiedemann (Frank), Stephen, David (Terry), and Christopher (Toni) Cocola, 7 grandchildren, Seth, Christopher, Matthew, Mark, Jessica, Bethany, and Kate, a sister Angela Nystrom and the late Nicholas, Thomas, Jerry Cocola, and Theresa Livolsi.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Stephen's Food Panty in his honor would be appreciated.
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