Leonard A. Kocinski

Leonard A. Kocinski

Leonard A. Kocinski

Leonard A. Kocinski, age 93, of Friendship, Wisconsin died Monday, February 10, 2020 at Liberty Village in Adams, Wisconsin.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Leonard was born July 29, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Max A. and Rose Dorothy (Pozdol) Kocinski. He grew up in Chicago, IL; graduating from Tilden Tech High School in 1944. Leonard served in Army during WWII. After the war, he attended Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado. He then went on to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Denver, and later received his Master’s Degree at Colorado College of Liberal Art’s in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Leonard married Betty Guder on November 26, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. Leonard taught biology and coached both wrestling and football in Colorado and Illinois.

Leonard enjoyed nature, particularly bird watching and wildlife. He also enjoyed golf, taking walks, and fishing.

Leonard was preceded in death by parents: Max A. and Rose Dorothy (Pozdol) Kocinski; wife, Betty; children: Larry, Leonard Jr., Carol Brady; and Cathy Cornwell; brother, Robert; sister, Virginia;

Brother: James (Susan) Kocinski of Friendship, WI
Daughter-in-law: Nancy Corey of Antioch, IL
Daughter-in-law: Roberta Godzala of Minnesota
Former Sister-in-law: Dianne Perry of Friendship, WI
Grandchildren: Nick Kocinski, Chris Kocinski, Adam Kocinski, Kyle Kocinski, Christy Propson, Shawn Brady, Todd Miller, Marty Miller, Ryan Miller, Josie Patrick, Jessie Goodman
Great-Grandchildren: 12
Nephew and Niece: Ron and Debbie Pett
Nephew and Niece: Rob and Maily Kocinski
Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Dog: Missy

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit www.roseberrys.com for online condolences and further information.

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  1. Lois Smith says:

    Sincere condolences to the Kocinski family from me and the Smith family. Heather remembers Len as her teacher at Waconda High School in Illinois. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  2. Bill and Sandy Euclide says:

    We wish to offer our sincere sympathy to the Kocinski Family. Jim our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
    Bill and Sandy Euclide

  3. James Kocinski says:

    Brother Jim says:
    Len lived a long and generally good life but had struggled so the past few years after the loss of his Betty, wife of 68 years.I am glad that I was able to be there for Len and see to his needs during his difficult times. I am content that he doesn’t have to struggle any longer and is now finally at peace.
    I will miss his many past visits and all our times spent in sharing and viewing wildlife together which he did so love.
    My brother was very special to me and I will miss him dearly but I take comfort in knowing that he has joined his beloved
    wife Betty and their four children and they are all back together again. Blessed wishes to all of them and God bless
    you Leonard.

  4. Sue Kocinski says:


    Seeing the snow fall yesterday brought to mind so many memories
    of Len. The black-capped chickadees that he enjoyed watching were searching for seeds; the
    white tail deer that he would look for from our kitchen were not to be found, were under cover
    probably,being protected from the snow..How Len did love nature and wildlife. It was joyful.

    What a special man. I appreciated his strength,resilience,humor, and of course his gift of
    Gab. He loved his family and always called his wife his “bride”……after 60 plus years of
    marriage. It was the little things that mattered.

    He loved homemade potatoe soup,zucchini bread…coffee…coffee and Mc’ds chicken
    sandwiches, and of course those horrible orange sugary gummy candies,,,

    He kept his spirits up in the midst of sad times and always tried to cheer me up when
    I needed cheering He was proud and private and will be admired by many.
    His memory lives in all who were blessed to know him!
    Be at peace….
    Lov you

  5. Kirk D Guder says:

    Prayers to my dear uncle Len he never knew how much I thought and looked up to this wonderful man. He was most defeniently a role model too many. Prayers go out to the family.

  6. Rob says:

    My uncle Len loved his family and friends. A person you could spend all day talking to , because he always had something interesting to say. People come and go in this world but someone who is truly great lasts in your memories forever.

  7. Rob Kocinski says:

    My uncle Len loved his family and friends. A person you could spend all day talking to , because he always had something interesting to say. People come and go in this world but someone who is truly great lasts in your memories forever.

  8. L Dosemagen says:

    Jim and family I am sorry for your loss. I will send prayers to help ease your pain.

  9. Ron and Deb Pett & family says:

    We will miss our Uncle Len! His stories, adventures, wisdom and strength will never be forgotten. He was an inspiration to all of us not to EVER let the grass grow too long under our feet. So glad he is Home with the rest of our loved ones that preceded him in death.

  10. COLT Kocinski says:

    I am sorry for your loss. I love to play Checkers with him at the nursing home. He would always do weird moves and it would make us laugh. But we would always make it up and when. He was a great man. He is a true kocinski.

  11. Nancy Gast says:

    So sorry for your loss. I was saddened by this news. Leonard with now be with his Betty. He was not the same since he lost her. I always enjoyed both of their company when they came to the clinic. His happiness was not the same after her loss. He had been in my thoughts just a few days ago

  12. Todd Strand says:

    Jim Sue and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Even though i did not know Len well i will always remember him stopping to chat with me when he was on his way to visit Jim& Sue. Sometimes Jim would bring Len over to visit on the golf cart i always enjoyed visiting. rest in peace Len enjoy watching the birds and deer.

  13. Gary Kipnis says:

    Dear Leonard Kocinski Family,
    My deepest heartfelt condolences to you in your loss of Len. I was heartbroken to read of his passing. He was a cherished friend, real estate partner, and client when Len and Betty lived in Tucson Arizona. We first met at Long Realty Company when Len came to work as a new part-time agent and our close friendship grew from there. Besides working with Len on several real estate transactions, I represented his family members as the years went by including his daughter Carol (twice), and also sold Len & Betty’s home in Rita Ranch when they moved to a park model home at the Voyager RV Resort. I will miss our bi-annual telephone conversations since Len had moved to Wisconsin, his honest valued advice, and great sense of humor.

  14. Lisa M Gregory says:

    Jim & Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Lenny will always hold a special place in my heart. My old neighbor & friend, he always brightened my day at work smiling & saying Good morning angel. Miss him so much! Heaven gained another great man. Rip Lenny

  15. Stacey (Hammond) Hamman says:

    Jim Sue and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Lens passing. My thoughts & prayers to all.

  16. Elana says:

    Prayers to Lennys family. He was a great fella. I enjoyed listening to his stories and caring for him. May he be flying high with our Lord. R.I.P. Lenny. Until we meet again.

  17. Ninita says:

    Prayers to the family he was a great person I loved working with him