William Kovach 1925-2018

CORTLAND — William Kovach, 92, of Cortland, died Tuesday afternoon, March 6, 2018, at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.

He was born Sept. 20, 1925, in Perryopolis, Pa., the son of the late Stephen and Katherine Bene Kovach. He and his wife, Genevieve, moved to Trumbull County in 1958.

Bill served in the Army as a sergeant in the European Theatre during World War II, receiving the Purple Heart for wounds incurred during the Battle of the Bulge on Jan. 28, 1945.

He retired in 1987 from Van Huffel Sheet and Tube, where he worked for 25 years.

Bill was an avid baseball fan, especially of the Cleveland Indians, and a NASCAR fan. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald J. Kovach,with whom he made his home in Cortland, and Gregory D. (Tamara) Kovach of Champion; a daughter-in-law, Sheryl Kovach of Avon; and four grandchildren, Melissa, Gregory William, Andrew and Katherine Kovach.

Bill was preceded in death in 2003 by his wife of 57 years, Genevieve B. Koziel Kovach, whom he married in March 1946; two sons, William Jr. and Stephen Kovach; one sister; and five brothers.

The Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Warren, leaving from Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel in Cortland at 9:30 a.m. Entombment will be in All Souls Cemetery in Bazetta.

Online condolences may be made to the family and the obituary viewed at www.shaferwinanschapel.com

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