obit: Marie Rose Hujar Kochan
Name: Marie Rose Kochan, 82
Died: Sunday, November 27, 2011, in Austin, Texas
Marie Rose (Hujar) Kochan
Date of Birth: March 25, 1929 Led by the Angels to Paradise: November 27, 2011
Marie Rose (Hujar) Kochan was led by the Angels to Paradise on November 27, 2011 at The Summit at Lakeway Healthcare Center. Marie was born on March 25, 1929 in Binghamton, NY then made her home and raised her family in Austin, TX for the last 52 years. Marie earned her teaching degree from Cortland College in Cortland, NY and taught kindergarten until she met and married the Air Force officer and pilot of her dreams, Chester T. Kochan, from Salamanca, NY.
Marie demonstrated how central her Catholic faith was to her life by participating in Saint Ignatius Parish and the Saint Edwards University Community. She remained an active member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and The Polish American Club. While proudly raising her family, Mom enjoyed leading several scout troops, volunteering as room mother, sewing clothes and costumes for her family, creating various knitting, crocheting, and tatting projects, cooking amazing meals (especially her famous lasagna), and baking heavenly desserts. In her spare time, Mom worked her way up to being a nationally recognized Tupperware Manager, earning televisions, diamonds, cruises, and cars. Mom and Dad also extended the family and opened their home to foreign visitors and students through the University of Texas International Hospitality Club and the Saint Edward's University Foreign Exchange Student Program. She continued to volunteer her time and skills until her passing.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Left to celebrate and remember her life are her brother, Thomas Hujar and her children and their spouses, Mary K. Kochan and Jim Milholland; Mark Kochan and Laura; HelenAnn Busa and Ron; Teresa LaGesse and Daniel; John Kochan and Kelli. "Busia" adored and delighted in her grandchildren, Bailey K. Cummings; Dawn, Delaney, and Michael Kochan; Veronica and Thomas Busa; Adam and Sarah LaGesse. She is additionally survived by four (4) great-grandchildren, numerous beloved family members up north, precious nieces and nephews, and countless friends.
Her children would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the loving staff at The Summit at Lakeway who embraced their mother like family.
A memorial mass will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Friday, December 2, 2011, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on St. Edward's University campus, 3001 South Congress Avenue in Austin. Family visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, December 3, 2011, with the Rosary at 7:00 p.m., at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail in South Austin. Marie's final resting place will be next to her husband at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, for those who desire to make a memorial contribution, please donate to the Alzheimer's Association.
Harrell Funeral Home