LANARK – Rich Anthony Kocal, 84, passed peacefully into the hands of God on Saturday, June 21, 2014, with his family at his side, while in the loving care of Good Samaritan Home in Mount Carroll and Hospice of the Rock River Valley.
Rich was born Feb. 16, 1930, in North Chicago, to Anton and Mary (Tomkowicz) Kocal. From 1936 to 1943, he attended Holy Rosary Grade School in North Chicago, and in 1947, graduated from Waukegan High School. He served honorably with the military police in the Army while stationed in Korea.
Rich and Marilyn Mae Hoffman were united in marriage Dec. 30, 1950, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Waukegan, and were constant companions for the next 62 years, until Marilyn’s death in 2013.
They lived in North Chicago for 40 years, where they raised four children. He was a member of Holy Rosary Holy Name Society and Waukegan Council of the Knights of Columbus. Rich retired in 1997 from 25 years as a Knights of Columbus Insurance representative. They moved to Lanark in 1998.
Rich was one of the greatest, kind-hearted men who was ever born. He always had a smile, a word of humor, was gentle-spirited, an all-around, splendid husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, and honorable friend to many. This world is forever changed. We all will move on and continue to find joy in life, like he did – but life will be just a little less full of ‘sparkle’ without him.
Rich is survived by his brother, Lawrence, of Naperville; four children, Thomas (Lynn) Kocal of Lanark; Rick (Barb) Kocal of Antioch; Karen (Jeff) Regner of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin; and Connie (Mike) Feltner of Antioch; grandchildren, Jenny, Michael, Sarah, Michelle, Joe, Nikole, Jarvelle, Jesse, Kimberly, Jacob, and Thomas; great-grandchildren, Angel, Alexander, Andrew, Eleanor, Liam, Malia, Emma, Benjamin, Jayden, and Hannah; as well as many dear nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and sister, Adeline.
Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration of life open house, hosted by his family, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 321 E. Pearl St. in Lanark. A Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter Catholic Church, 557 Lake St., Antioch, with a celebration of life from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Anastasia’s Restaurant, 950 Hillside Ave. (across from the church) in Antioch. Cremation rites will be conducted through Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark.