Stephen Andrew Kosiak
April 13,1929 – January 25,2024
Steve was born in Hazleton Pa to Andrew and Kathryn the sixth of seven children. Steve’s parents were Polish immigrants, his father was a contract coal miner, and together with his wife ran a small restaurant and bar. Steven grew up in a robust happy family environment through the Great Depression, graduating from Hazleton High School in 1946. One of the highlights of his high school years was starting on the basketball team for all four years. Steve joined the Army after high school, and often shared stories about his adventures in Korea (before the Korean War) including being on the Army basketball team and winning the Asian Championship in 1947 in Tokyo Japan.
After his military service, Steve, with friends from Hazleton went to Washington College in Chestertown MD on a basketball scholarship for a year. Then on the GI bill he finished his College degree at Drexel University in Philadelphia, also being a fraternity member at Lamda Chi Alpha. After Drexel, Steve joined Bell of Pennsylvania for a successful 35 year career in roles of increasing responsibility finishing as Director of Safety Programs with Mid Atlantic Bell.
In 1954 Steve married Mary Higgins and their 65 year love story began. They raised 6 children and in the early years moved around in Southeastern Pennsylvania settling in Ardmore, DELCO in 1963. Weekends were spent with family in Hazleton in the early years until 1969 when Steve and Mary bought "The Land” in Wayne County, and shortly thereafter built a small cabin that became the focus of many years of quality family time. Steve took pride in doing most of the work at the cabin by himself. Steve and Mary dedicated their lives to their children through all of their activities, school, and spiritual development, being lifelong members of St Denis Parish in Havertown.
Steve retired in 1989 and became involved in an assortment of volunteer organizations as well as travel with Mary staying connected to their children. Master Gardeners, Knights of Columbus, Delaware Co Conservation District, were a few of his involvements. Helping to establish DELCO Anglers and Conservationists was one of the highlights of Steve’s spirit of volunteerism, which to this day provides outdoor enjoyment to generations of fishermen on Ridley Creek.
A holy, humble man, a generous and loving father and grandfather, a dedicated husband, a reliable friend, Stephen will be held dearly in our hearts forever.
Relatives and friends are invited to Stephen’s Viewing Wednesday, January 31st from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM at St Denis Church, 2401 St Denis Ln, Havertown, PA followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment Private.