John J. Kobza
August 1, 1928-October 25, 2019
John J. Kobza, 91, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at Brookestone Acres in Columbus.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Columbus. Visitation will be from 4–6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, with a 6 p.m. vigil service at McKown Funeral Home. Visitation will continue from 10–11 a.m. Tuesday morning at St. Isidore Church. Burial will be in the All Saints Cemetery.
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John J. Kobza was born Aug.1, 1928, in Butler County, to John C. and Emma (Novak) Kobza. He graduated from Dwight Assumption School. John married Dolores “Brownie” Jisa on Sept. 27, 1947, at Dwight Assumption Catholic Church. The couple farmed near Loma, and ran the Hilltop Café in Brainard. They later moved to Schuyler where they owned and operated the Town Pump Tavern. In 1964, they moved to Columbus where he worked at Higgins Mill in Schuyler and then at D&L in Columbus. John also worked for Fleischer Manufacturing for a short time and drove bus for Columbus Public School. In his retirement John mowed at the Elks Club until he was 88. John was a founding member of St. Isidore Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed gardening, making salsa and taking care of his lawn.
He is survived by daughter, Diane (Todd) Schwank of Columbus; son, Dwayne (Peggy) Kobza of St. Paul; son, Dean (Mary) Kobza of Columbus; 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Lillian “Mitz” Kobza of Seward; sister, Dorothy Miriovsky of David City; brother, Gilbert (Florence) Kobza of Seward.
He was preceded in death by parents: John and Emma Kobza; wife, Dolores Kobza; sister and brother-in-law, Henrietta and Bohumil Hain; sister, Rita M. Kobza, brother-in-law, Joe Miriovsky; half brothers and spouses: Jerry and Agnes Kobza, Raymond "Cy" and Charlotte Kobza, Julius and Elaine Kobza, George and Adeline Krska; half sister and husband, Anna and Ed Zitek; nephew, Greg Hain; great-nephew, Eric Bader; nephews: Bernard Krska, Fritz Zitek, and Marvin Zitek.
Condolences may be left at www.mckownfuneralhome.com