Frances J. (Brinkos) Kochaba

June 1, 1935 ~ September 6, 2019 (age 84)


Frances J. (Brinkos) Kochaba, 84, of Nesquehoning, entered into eternal rest on Friday, September 6th, at St. Luke’s Miner’s Memorial Hospital in Coaldale PA.

She was the wife of Edward T. Kochaba and had been married for 63 years.  Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Rusnak) Brinkos.  Frances attended Lansford High School and was the Valedictorian of the Class of 1953.  She then attended Ryder University and trained as a lab technician at Pennsylvania Hospital. Locally, she was an active volunteer and also worked as a secretary for the American Cancer Society and was also a former Times News correspondent.   She was a member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Nesquehoning, where she was active in church affairs, serving in the ladies guild and was the developer and coordinator of the Catechetical Education Program.

Surviving in addition to her husband Edward are sons Thomas and wife Christine of Virginia Beach VA, Michael of Nesquehoning, Matthew and wife Mara of Bern, Switzerland, daughters Kathy, wife of Al DiAntonio of Cornish NH, Karen Kochaba of Jim Thorpe, Mary Kochaba and partner Steve Catherman of Philadelphia, sisters Rita, wife of James Swan of Colorado, Andrea, wife of Bud Godfrey of Missouri, Phyllis, wife of Vince Busavage of North Carolina.  Grandchildren Andrew, Dominic, Christian, Terrance, Sofia, Erin, Sarah and Adrienne.  Greatgrandchildren Alessandra, Sebastian, Gabriel, Sloane, Cora, Ruby, Eli and Annie. 

Funeral Service with Divine Liturgy will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 141 West High St., Nesquehoning PA with the Rev. Dr. Vasyl Chepelskyy officiating. officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Nesquehoning.  Calling hours will be private.

Contributions, in Frances’ memory, may be made to St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, c/o the funeral home. Online Condolences may be expressed at  Funeral services and arrangements are being provided by the Bruce A. Nalesnik Funeral Home, 57 W. Center St., Nesquehoning PA 18240.

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Divine Liturgy
September 12, 2019

11:00 AM
ST. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church
141 West High St.
Nesquehoning, PA 18240


ST. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church
c/o Funeral Home, Nesquehoning PA 18240

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