Obit: Joe C. Kozel (1929 - 2011)
- FORT WORTH - Joe Charles Kozel, a retired master sergeant and beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at the age of 81.
Funeral: 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Interment: 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas; those attending should arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. After the interment, a Czech-style celebration of Joe's life will be held at the National Hall SPJST Lodge 92, 3316 Roberts Cut-Off Road, Fort Worth. Guests not traveling to the cemetery are welcome to begin congregating at the National Hall anytime after 11:30 a.m. The celebration will begin at 2:15 p.m. and will include dinner, a slide show, accordion music and plenty of Czech singing and dancing. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 2920 Azle Ave., Fort Worth, followed by a rosary.
On Dec. 20, 1929, Joe was born into a large and loving Czech family in La Grange. His parents, Charles and Mary Kozel, instilled in Joe a love of Czech culture, which he cherished throughout his life.
Those who knew Joe will remember his passion for polka music. A member of the Panther City Polka Boys Band and an avid accordion player, Joe loved to play and sing Czech songs. He spent countless hours enjoying the fellowship of his relatives and friends, and his cultural heritage - the language, the music, the food and the traditions - brought great joy to Joe and his family.
Joe served in the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant and retired in 1968 after 20 years of patriotic service to his country. Following his military service, Joe was employed by the Tandy Corp., retiring in 1992. Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus, SPJST and president of KJT Society No. 54. He was also an active volunteer in several community services. He enjoyed gardening, water skiing, playing dominoes and bird watching. More than anything else, though, Joe loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sister Annie Kozel.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe's memory to the St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church Building Fund, 2920 Azle Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76106.
Survivors: Wife, Mary Ann Kozel; children, Karen and John Patoskie, Barbara and Mark Craig, David and Diane Kozel and Donna and Charles Camp; grandchildren, Jared, Renae, Megan and Derek Patoskie, Nicholas and Zachary Craig, Caitlin Williams, Madeline and Abigail Kozel, and Zoie and Addison Camp; and siblings, Mary Grahmann, Brother Raphael Kozel, Frances Holan, Alois Kozel, Lillie Vecera, Beatrice Janecka, Albert Kozel and John Kozel.Published in Star-Telegram on September 1, 2011