Andrew V. Kosek

January 29th, 1925February 15th, 2021

CW4 Andrew Valentine Kosek, 96, of Boulder, CO, passed away after a brief illness on February 15, 2021.

He was born in Wilkes Barre, PA, on January 29, 1925. He was the son of Bertha Mae Covert Michaels and Valentine John Kosek.

He attended Wilkes Barre City schools, graduating from Coughlin High School, Class of 1942.

Andy was inducted into the United States Army in April 1943. He served in World War II with the 69th Infantry Division, European Theatre. In 1946 he joined the Army Reserves and was later recalled for Korea in 1950. He was appointed a WOJG in 1951 and CW4 in 1963.

Andy attended jump school while assigned to the 11th Airborne at Fort Campbell, KY in 1955.  He was one of the original members of the 801st Maintenance Battalion when the 101st was reactivated in 1956. He also served two years in Vietnam and retired as a CW4 in 1971 after 28 years of service.

In 1981 he went to work for a Civilian Contractor working for the Army in Mannheim, Germany.  He finally retired in 1992 and settled down at his home in Boulder, CO.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Andrew Charles Kosek, and his brother, Stephen “Smokey” Michaels.

Andy is survived by the Love of his Life, his wife of 65 years, Anneliese, his daughter, Patricia Kosek Mecadon, and her husband, Charles, of Pittston PA.  Grandchildren: Angela Basta Zaledonis, Pittston; Mary Giardina (Anthony), Pittston; Dr. Pilar Mecadon Labriola (Dr. Joseph), Ramsey, NJ; Anitra Mecadon (Adam Scheinin), Johns Creek, GA; Dr. Francis Mecadon (Simone), Pittston; and Yalonda L. Kosek, Lancaster, PA.

Great-grandchildren:  Victoria and Gunnar Zaledonis, Jacob, Isabella, and Silvio Giardina, Ophelia and Kingsley Mecadon all of Pittston, PA. Nicholas Labriola, Ramsey, NJ, Nash Mecadon Scheinin, Johns Creek, GA, Justin De Haute and Maya Kreider, Lancaster, PA.  He also has 2 great-great grandchildren, Carson and Silas De Haute, Lancaster, PA.

Andy is also survived by his sister, Patricia Michaels Hillon (Gilbert) Bethlehem, PA and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made in Andy's name to the Wounded Warrior Project at



Visitation will be held Monday, February 22, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Darrell Howe Mortuary. For those who are unable to attend, the service will be live-streamed. Please click on the link to view service: 

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Interment to follow at Green Mountain Cemetery.
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I miss Andrew so very much! For many years he and his wife Anneliese had been my very close and special friends, Ann and Andy. They were inseparable, and together made a loving and welcoming home. I felt fortunate to spent a great deal of time with them. He loved his family. He was a kind and loyal friend to me. For years he went regularly on his daily walks in the neighborhood, stopping and chatting with neighbors and friends. It was a pleasure to see him and catch up on news, discuss stock market, investments. I remember fondly how much he liked his pets and my Schnauzer Roscoe, the trouble maker. And Roscoe loved him and could not wait to go visit them. Me too. They are gone now. So very sad. My heart goes out to Annie and family. Much love, Aldona
I will miss Andrew very much! He had been a close and special friend to me for many years. I had been fortunate to be welcomed to his and his beloved wife Annie's home and to enjoy my countless visits with them. He was a kind and loyal friend to me. I met Andy on his daily walk through the neighborhood in 1995, when walking my dog. He stopped to say hello. He was wearing his Veterans cap and proudly told me about his military service; his work in Germany and his family. Also, with tears in his eyes, he told me about his diagnosis of prostate cancer. It was always a pleasure to see him on his walks and catch up on the neighborhood news. I remember fondly how much he liked his pets and my Schnauzer Roscoe, the trouble maker. And Roscoe loved him and could not wait to go visit him and Annie. My heart goes out to Annie and his family. With love, Aldona
We watched Andy's service remotely from home and were so touched! What a special man he was and always so friendly on walks around the neighborhood :) We will definitely miss him! Condolences to Anne and family! XOXOXOX
It was a moving service for Andrew at the cemetery with the military salute. Unfortunately, due to Covid we could not visit with the family. Covid also precluded me from visiting with Andy in person for some time, but I am glad that we visited often over the phone. Andy had a sharp mind and a great memory to the very end. Remarkably, he never lost them. It is hard to believe that he is gone, but he will not be forgotten. Take care of yourself, Annie. That is what he would want you to do!
We watched Andy's service remotely at our home and were so deeply touched! Andy was such a special man and so friendly on his neighborhood walks :) We will definitely miss him :( Our condolences to Anne and family ....... Take Care! XOXOXOX Karen and Gordy