OTEGO – Kevin Michael Mroczkowski, a Vietnam veteran and 911 responder, was called home by his Savior on 3 July, 2019, after a three-month fight against cancer.
Kevin was in the company of family at the time of death, and he was frequently visited by cousins, nieces and nephews and friends during his illness.
Kevin was born in Brooklyn on 2 March, 1950, the son of Stanislaus S. and Margaret E. Mroczkowski. He grew up in Queens and, shortly after graduating from Far Rockway High School, he served his country in the Army. He was trained as a medical corpsman and during the Vietnam War he served at the 6th Convalescent Center in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.
After his release from active duty, he attended SUNY Delhi, receiving an associate degree. Kevin held positions with Conrail and with the New York Thruway Authority as a bridge-repair specialist. He lived in Newburgh, and spent the last 10 years living in Otego.
Kevin joined the New York National Guard, providing aid to civil authority on several occasions during floods and major storms. On 11 Sept., 2001, he was sent immediately to New York City, where he spent the next several weeks at the site of the World Trade Center, providing security. Over the next few years he had other periods of active duty at bridges and railway stations in New York City.
Kevin was very active in his parish of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta, where he enjoyed working in the Food Pantry and as a greeter at Mass. Throughout his life he enjoyed fishing, travelling, and spending time with family and playing pinochle with friends.
Kevin is survived by his former wife, Elizabeth Panessa; son, Christopher (Deanna), and granddaughter, Lucille; by brothers, Stanislaus (Marcella), Dennis (Barbara) and Terrence; and by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, 7 July, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:15 a.m. Monday, 8 July, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. David Mickiewicz, as celebrant.
Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center Fisher House, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208 or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to, www.lhpfuneralhome.com