2018-02-08 / Obituaries



Susie P. Kociba, age 98, of Bad Axe, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2018, in Bad Axe. Susie was born in Parisville on February 9, 1919, the daughter of the late Peter and Rose (Czewski) Osantowski. She married Leo Kociba on June 29, 1940, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Parisville. Leo preceded her in death on July 15, 2000.

Susie worked on the family farm, at Active Industries in both Elkton and Sebewaing, the Bad Axe Seatbelt Factory, was a gardener at Fernwood Botanic Gardens, and cared for the plants and sold wine at Dizzy Daisy Winery.

Susie is survived by four sons, Gordon (Diana) Kociba of Bad Axe, Harold (Janice) Kociba of Bad Axe, Gerald (Rosemarie) Kociba of Bad Axe and Eugene (Cindy) Kociba of Frankenmuth; one daughter, Ilene Learman of Harbor Beach; 28 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers, Martin (Beatrice) Osantowski of Bad Axe, Peter Osantowski of Detroit and Arthur (Marie) Osantowski of Bad Axe; three sisters, Virginia Partaka of Harbor Beach, Martha Stasinski of Redford and Rose Schumacher of Flint; a sister-in-law, Joann Osantowski of Detroit, and many nieces and nephews.

Susie was preceded in death by a son, Ervin; a daughter, Virginia; her brothers, Roman, Theodore, Robert, Fabian, and Adam Osantowski; sisters, Minnie Nowiski and Laura Jaskowski; sons-in-laws, Michael Zurek and John Learman; daughter-in-law, Jean Kociba; and grandson, James Learman.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Hubert Parish – Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bad Axe.

Fr. Rob Howe officiated, with burial in the church cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Huron Medical Care Facility for their care.

If you wish to offer your condolences to the family, please go to: www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com

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